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Balloon Dome 
Courtright Reservoir 
Fish Creek near Kennedy Meadows 
Fresno Dome aka "Wamello" 
Needles / Kern River, The 
Rise Again Rock 
Shaver Lake Bouldering 
Shuteye Ridge 
Tollhouse Rock 
Upper Jackass Lake 
Wilderness Wall 
Yeti Dome (aka Musick Mountain) 
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Abbot Creek Road
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4 Corners
A quick out and back to see the stump of a tree cut for display at the Chicago Worlds Fair. Near Squaw Valley, California
Park Ridge Loop
A fun, challenging loop with great, long vistas. Near Squaw Valley, California
Skyline in Three Rivers
A little known mountain biking gem in the Central California foothills. Near Three Rivers, California
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Southern Sierra Rock Climbing 

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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.2 miles from here

371 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',59],['3 Stars',157],['2 Stars',115],['1 Star',31],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Southern Sierra

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southern Sierra:
The Lieback   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches   The Needles / Kern River : Kernville Rock (a.k.a. Kern...
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
Afternoon Nap   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 900'   Shuteye Ridge : Big Sleep
White Punks on Dope   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 6 pitches   The Needles : Voodoo Dome
Moonlight Madness   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 5 pitches, 900'   Shuteye Ridge : Big Sleep
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
Tobin's Dihedral   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 380'   The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock
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
The Emperor aka Pea Soup   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 105'   The Needles : Voodoo Dome
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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Featured Route For Southern Sierra
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve works past last bolt to Rope a Dope anchors....

No Zukes 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  CA : Southern Sierra : ... : Penstemon Dome
Pitch 1: 3 possibilities. a) Direct start up easy crack to ledge below overhanging offwidth. Thrash up awkward offwidth or hump the nose. 5.10b. b) Direct start up same easy crack to ledge then traverse left at ledge and back around to crack to bolted anchors. 5.7. c) Use the 1st pitch of Captain America, work right at small ledge to same bolted anchors as above, above offwidth/nose. Recommended, 5.8, ~ 100'Pitch 2: Work 5.7 left facing dihedral system with some off width until you can step rig...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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

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