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Southern Sierra Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The Sierra Nevada covers a huge geographical area. Dividing this into Southern and Northern regions is an attempt to create a more logical, manageable, and hopefully user-friendly structure. The Sonora Pass Highway (108) area is used as a boundary between Southern and Northern regions.

For information about the Eastern Sierra (Bishop, Mammoth, etc), refer to the Sierra Eastside section of the site.

For information about alpine routes including Charlotte Dome, please refer to the High Sierra section of the site.

The National Parks have their own dedicated sections. See Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP and Yosemite National Park.

Getting There 

Tollhouse Rock, Courtright Reservoir, Yeti Dome (aka Musick Mountain) and Wilderness Wall are approached via Hwy 168 out of Fresno.

Fresno Dome (Wamello) is accessed from Hwy 41 out of Oakhurst.

Kings Canyon and Moro Rock (SEKI) are accessed by vehicle either from Hwy 180 from the northwest via Fresno, or by Hwy 198 from the southwest via Three Rivers.

Climbing Season



Weather station 12.2 miles from here

472 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',66],['3 Stars',207],['2 Stars',147],['1 Star',34],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',24],['5.7',49],['5.8',59],['5.9',75],['5.10',150],['5.11',58],['5.12',18],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',12],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',11],['V6-7',7],['V8-9',2],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Southern Sierra

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southern Sierra:
Tollhouse Traverse   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   Tollhouse Rock : Tollhouse Rock
Tree Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock
Elephant Walk   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Tollhouse Rock : Tollhouse Rock
Magic Dragon   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 10 pitches   The Needles : The Magician
The Lieback   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   The Needles / Kern River : Kernville Rock (a.k.a. Kern...
Imaginary Voyage   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   The Needles : The Warlock
White Punks on Dope   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 6 pitches   The Needles : Voodoo Dome
A Little Nukey   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 750'   Courtright Reservoir : Power Dome
Innersanctum   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   The Needles : The Witch
Spooky   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 175'   The Needles : The Charlatan
Igor Unchained   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   The Needles : The Witch
Anti-Jello Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 550'   The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock
Airy Interlude   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   The Needles : The Witch
The Howling   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches   The Needles : The Warlock
Thin Ice   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   The Needles : The Sorcerer
Fancy Free   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   The Needles : The Charlatan
Spook Book   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R     Trad, 4 pitches   The Needles : The Witch
The Don Juan Wall   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches   The Needles : The Sorcerer
Atlantis   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   The Needles : The Sorcerer
Romantic Warrior   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 9 pitches   The Needles : The Warlock
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Featured Route For Southern Sierra
Rock Climbing Photo: Tony on the stemming corner of Planet Waves, 5.11c...

Planet Waves 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13  California : Southern Sierra : ... : The Warlock
Lieback, stem & face climb up the attractive left facing, left arching corner. Where the arch gets thin & disappears, step left to a bolted belay. The infrequently done 2nd pitch, ascends past 1 bolt(5.10+) to a huge runout to easier climbing, to join the S Crack or South Face route which can be followed to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Domes. Photo by Blitzo.
Domes. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Herb Laeger
Jun 19, 2016
A new guidebook (June 2016) is available for Kern Slabs and New Directions Cliffs at kernvalleyclimbs.com featuring approximately 100 climbs
By Sean P. Sullivan
From: Morro Bay, California
Aug 19, 2016
Does anyone know of any recorded climbs up Dogtooth peak in the Dinky Lakes area? Besides summit climbs?
By Sean P. Sullivan
From: Morro Bay, California
Jan 17, 2017
Just moved back to the area. Always looking for climbing partners. PM me if you need to get on some rock!! I live in Clovis off the 168 a short jog up to tollhouse and squarenail.

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