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Balloon Dome 
Courtright Reservoir 
Fish Creek near Kennedy Meadows 
Fresno Dome aka "Wamello" 
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Shuteye Ridge 
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Tollhouse Rock 
Upper Jackass Lake 
Wilderness Wall 
Yeti Dome (aka Musick Mountain) 

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Southern Sierra 


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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 aka "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.


288 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Southern Sierra:
Tollhouse Traverse   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   Tollhouse Rock : Tollhouse Rock
The Lieback   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches   The Needles / Kern River : Kernville Rock (a.k.a. Kern...
Tree Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock
White Punks on Dope   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 6 pitches   The Needles : Voodoo Dome
A Little Nukey   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 750'   Courtright Reservoir : Power Dome
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   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   The Needles : The Witch
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
Tobin's Dihedral   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 380'   The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock
The Don Juan Wall   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches   The Needles : The Sorcerer
Ankles Away   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 230'   The Needles : The Witch
The Emperor aka Pea Soup   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 105'   The Needles : Voodoo Dome
Atlantis   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 4 pitches   The Needles : The Sorcerer
Scirocco   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   The Needles : The Sorcerer
Romantic Warrior   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 9 pitches   The Needles : The Warlock
Pyromania   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Needles : The Sorcerer
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Ben having fun on Darth Vader. Photo by Casey Zak

Darth Vader 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  CA : Southern Sierra : ... : Darkside
Poor holds right off the ground lead to steep moves on good holds past the first bolt. (Stick clip useful). Romp up to the 3rd bolt and get a good rest. The fixed nut is pretty good and can be backed up with a .5 camalot or 1-1.5" piece. Fight up the overhanging layback to a stance and a bolt. Work left on good holds to a nice rest. Quest up the face past a mix of bolts and gear until you make it to a roof way up high. Pull another solid 5.11/11+ crux past closely spaced bolts. Some more easy cl...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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