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The Area: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park (SEKI) is a land of giants. Near or within it's borders lie the largest trees on earth (Sequoias), the highest mountain in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney), arguably the deepest river canyon in North America (Kings below Spanish Mountain), the tallest granite dome in the Sierra (Tehipite), the longest cave in California (Lilburn), and steepest river in the United States (Kaweah). Scattered throughout these superlatives are high quality climbing areas where you can enjoy the beauty of these parks in relative solitude.
Weather and Roads
SEKI is the same as most of the Sierra; hot dry summers and cold snowy winters. This means that some roads get closed in the winter, but there is climbing at at least one of the areas year-round.
To access most areas in the Kings Canyon half of the park take Highway 180 out of Fresno. For the southern Sequoia areas the best approach is via highway 198 out of Visalia. A few backcountry spots around the Obelisk are accessed from trailheads near Wishon Reservoir. If you need more specific directions ask Google Maps for help.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP:
Wall of Early Morning Fright 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 300' Chimney Rocks : Chimney Spire
The Regular Route (Castle Rock Spire) 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a A2 Trad, Aid, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000' Castle Rocks : Castle Rock Spire
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Nowhere To Run 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c CA : Kings Canyon : North Mountain
Really fun climb up six pitches with all sizes of cracks. Feels sand bagged because it requires many techniques but 11a is fair.P1: Short, funky but fun corner up to a ledge with a tree. P2: Wonder up next to or in a chimney until it pinches to fingers and ends at a white triangle with webbing on it.P3: Splitter crack ranging from squeeze to fingers up to a tree.P4: Kind of confusing. Trend up and right to a crack, then back left, then up and right again to a right facing corner, then up to...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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