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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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 12.2 miles from here

330 Total Routes

['4 Stars',51],['3 Stars',143],['2 Stars',98],['1 Star',29],['Bomb',1]
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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
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
Too Old To Be Bold   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Shuteye Ridge : Chiquito Dome
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
Ankles Away   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 230'   The Needles : The Witch
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
The South Face of Warlock Needle

South Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  CA : Southern Sierra : ... : The Warlock
This route has a very distinct psychological crux on the 6th pitch leaving the Pedestal; a technically easy but nervy face traverse with plenty of exposure and great position. Lower pitches contain a number of "don't screw this up" moves with dubious protection available, par for the course on the longer routes ascending the south face of the Warlock. There is also a goodly ration of wide crack climbing and some chimneying thrown in for fun. While the climbing is not technically dif...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Domes. Photo by Blitzo.
Domes. Photo by Blitzo.

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