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Table of contents

1. Kern River Road Crags 142 routes in Crag

Summary:
JFMAMJJASOND
seasonality
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -118.875712, 35.438244

1.1. Roadside Crag 6 routes in Crag

Summary:
Top Rope, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: -118.754373, 35.467114

Description:

The darker face to the left is home to 'Blackey' (#1), and has a loose trail to the top with a 2 bolt anchor.

The crag to the right has 2 sets of 2-bolt anchors. One set over the vertically fractured face, and one set over the arete to the right. Both of which can be accessed for a TR by heading up a loose trail to the right.

Access Issues:

Probably the first established climbing area that you come do, while driving along hwy 178 from Bakersfield to Lake Isabella.

A very large paved pull-out on the north side of the road, and a much smaller pull-out on the south side about 3 miles from the sign marking the deaths in the river, provides ample parking for climbers.

Approach:

15 secs from your vehicle. 20 if you park on the north side of the road.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Blackey

A nice face climb up a blocky face with a couple horizontal seams, some thin, sharp holds on the face and a couple awkward but fun moves.

Sport 50ft, 5
2 Unknown Slab/Crack

Climb the fractured slab using the cracks and ledges.

Several levels of difficulty could be established depending on feature usage.

2-Bolt anchor at top, accessible by trail.

5.5Trad 40ft
3 Unknown Arete

Climb both sides of the arete, staying out of the blocky crack to the left. 2-bolt anchor at top, accessible by trail.

5.9Top rope 35ft
4 My First Aid

Aid problem out roof on boulder on north side of highway. 2-bolt anchor on-top of rock. Descend down obvious trail from guardrail to very large boulder by river's edge.

A3Aid
5 Unknown 1

Small crag on north side of river.

5.10+Top rope
6 Unknown 2

Small crag on north side of river.

5.10+Top rope

1.2. Merlin Dome 8 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Unbolt the Gate 5.9Unknown
2 Fatman's Fout 5.9Unknown
3 The Magic Flute 5.9Unknown
4 Muffin Love 5.9Unknown
5 Abracadabra 5.9Unknown
6 Half Dark 5.9Unknown
7 A Touch of Glass 5.8Unknown
8 The Right Side 5.6Unknown

1.3. K & L Wonderbluff 5 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Dicey Dihedral 5.9Unknown
2 Gold Line 5.10cUnknown
3 Paucity 5.10d XUnknown
4 One Small Step 5.10Unknown
5 Two for the Money 5.11Unknown

1.4. Sentinel Peak 5 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Indian Summer 5.10Unknown
2 Babylon by Bus 5.10Unknown
3 Buffalo Soldier 5.10+Unknown
4 Cosmos the Cosmic Crow

FA: Richard Leversee, E.C. Joe

5.10+Unknown
5 In the Leaf Stream

FA: E.C. Joe, Steve Brower

5.9Unknown

1.5. Elephant Knob 21 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Elephantiasis

FA: E.C. Joe, Dennis Carroll

5.7Unknown
2 The Tusk 5.7Unknown
3 Wild Kingdom

FA: E.C. Joe, John Newman

5.9Unknown
4 An Elephant Never Forgets 5.10cUnknown
5 Big Floppy Ears 5.10+Unknown
6 Mumbo Jumbo 5.11Unknown
7 Dumbo 5.10b RUnknown
8 Barbar 5.10+ RUnknown
9 A Niche in Time 5.11cUnknown
10 Bwana 5.10Unknown
11 Celeste 5.11aUnknown
12 Jungle Book 5.8Unknown
13 Arthur 5.9Unknown
14 Elephant Man 5.7Unknown
15 Amnesia 5.7Unknown
16 Perfect Memory 5.8Unknown
17 Mouse Dance 5.8Unknown
18 Squeek Chute 5.8Unknown
19 Near Perfect Memory 5.8Unknown
20 Baby Elephant Walk 5.8Unknown
21 Elephant Walk 5.8Unknown

1.6. Capitol Rock 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Fading Security 5.7Unknown

1.7. Parker Bluff 23 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Blackbird 5.4Unknown
2 Antithesis 5.10aUnknown
3 Right-A-This 5.10cUnknown
4 Innervisions

FA: E.C. Joe, Scot Edmiaston

5.10Unknown
5 Whipper Snapper 5.11bUnknown
6 Race with the Devil on Spanish Highway

FA: E.C. Joe, Scott Edmiaston

5.10Unknown
7 Ukiah

FA: E.C. Joe, Brian Hodges, Don Evans

5.10+Unknown
8 King of Pain

FA: E.C. Joe, David Hickey

5.10d RUnknown
9 Entasis 5.11Unknown
10 Jaws

FA: Joel, Matta, E.C. Joe

5.9Unknown
11 E.C. Come, E.C. Go (aka Inside Jaws) 5.11cUnknown
12 Inland Seafood

FA: E.C. Joe, John Newman, Will Crejenko

5.10Unknown
13 Way EC

FA: E.C. Joe, John Mottashed

5.7Unknown
14 White Rabbit

FA: E.C. Joe, Scott Edmiaston

5.7Unknown
15 Go Ask Alice

FA: E.C. Joe, John Mottashed

5.8Unknown
16 E.C. for You to Say

FA: E.C. Joe, John Mottashed

5.9Unknown
17 The Breeze

FA: E.C. Joe, Don Evans

5.5Unknown
18 Headache

FA: Brian Hodges, E.C. Joe

5.8Unknown
19 Mystery Arete 5.10Unknown
20 Whaleback Crack

FA: E.C. Joe, Guy Thompson

5.9Unknown
21 Mr. Parker's Parrot

FA: E.C. Joe, Scott Edmiaston, LN Oliver

5.7Unknown
22 Your Secret's Safe with Me

FA: E.C. Joe, John Mottashed

5.10Unknown
23 Takin' It Easy 5.7Unknown

1.8. Crossroads Cliff 5 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 5th Avenue

FA: E.C. Joe, Jon Allen, Randy Jewett

5.7Unknown
2 Deadend Street 5.9Unknown
3 No Deposit, No Return 5.9Unknown
4 Offramp Class 4Unknown
5 3rd Street Class 5Unknown

1.9. Limestone Cliff 12 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.9.1. Left Side 4 routes in Area

Summary:
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Variation 5.12Unknown
2 Chouca of the Kern 5.12aUnknown
3 Screaming Skull 5.12cUnknown
4 Pocket Power 5.11Unknown

1.9.2. Cave Area 8 routes in Area

Summary:
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 You Axed For It 5.12aUnknown
2 Coral Reef 5.12Unknown
3 Under Attack Again 5.12aUnknown
4 Under Attack 5.12bUnknown
5 Chemikill 5.12cUnknown
6 Holey Power 5.13aUnknown
7 Grave the Failure 5.11+Unknown
8 Barnacle Bill 5.12aUnknown

1.10. Roadkill 2 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Face 5.12cUnknown
2 Corner 5.11cUnknown

1.11. Book Rock 27 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.11.1. Left Side 3 routes in Area

Summary:
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Welcome to Book Rock 5.11Unknown
2 For All the Dreamers 5.10aUnknown
3 Required Reading 5.11bUnknown

1.11.2. Main Buttress 6 routes in Area

Summary:
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Title Page 5.7Unknown
2 Novel Approach 5.10bUnknown
3 Thumbing Through 5.11+Unknown
4 Final Chapter 5.11aUnknown
5 Epilog 5.9Unknown
6 Dyslexia 5.11dUnknown

1.11.3. Right Side 10 routes in Area

Summary:
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 This Page Intentionally Left Blank 5.11Unknown
2 By the Book 5.10aUnknown
3 Jigsaw 5.8Unknown
4 Fairy Tale 5.10cUnknown
5 Footnote 5.10bUnknown
6 Lexicon 5.10Unknown
7 Short Story 5.9Unknown
8 Shakes-Fear 5.10cUnknown
9 Pulitzer Prize 5.11+Unknown
10 Best Seller 5.11Unknown

1.11.4. Paperback Slab 2 routes in Area

Summary:
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Johnny Can't Read 5.11dUnknown
2 The Typesetter 5.11dUnknown

1.11.5. Hardbound Boulder 2 routes in Area

Summary:
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Word Processor 5.9Unknown
2 Cliff Notes Unknown

1.11.6. Sequel Wall 4 routes in Area

Summary:
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Narrow Margin 5.9Unknown
2 Overbooked 5.10dUnknown
3 Balancing the Books 5.10dUnknown
4 The Book End 5.11dUnknown

1.12. New Directions Cliff 27 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.12.1. Middle Cliff 3 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Platinum 5.10dUnknown
2 Argentum 5.11bUnknown
3 Well-protected, Fun, Easy Route 5.8Unknown

1.12.2. Parking Lot Rock 4 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Hair of the Dog Crack 5.8Unknown
2 Anonymous Tip 5.12aUnknown
3 Unnamed Sources 5.10bUnknown
4 Tiger Paws 5.10dUnknown

1.12.3. Generation Dome 2 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 The Next Generation 5.11dUnknown
2 Generation Gap 5.11dUnknown

1.12.4. Heart Rock 7 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Palpitations 5.11bUnknown
2 Aorta 5.11aUnknown
3 Ventricle 5.11+Unknown
4 Fall Colors 5.11cUnknown
5 Pacemaker 5.11Unknown
6 Sunrise Service 5.8Unknown
7 Lighter Side of Darkness 5.9Unknown

1.12.5. New Directions Cliff 11 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Garden Party 5.6Unknown
2 Rusty Nail 5.7Unknown
3 *** Crack to Nowhere 5.9Unknown 110ft
4 Nowhere Man 5.10Unknown
5 Carpet Crawl 5.10Unknown
6 Safety Razor 5.12aUnknown
7 Morpheus 5.11dUnknown
8 Daedalus 5.11c A0Aid
9 Icarus Descending 5.10cUnknown
10 River's Edge 5.10cUnknown
11 Afterglow 5.9Unknown

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style Area
Class 5 3rd Street Unknown 1.8. Crossroads Cliff
Class 4 Offramp Unknown 1.8. Crossroads Cliff
5.4 Blackbird Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
5.5 Unknown Slab/Crack Trad 40ft 1.1. Roadside Crag
The Breeze Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
5.6 The Right Side Unknown 1.2. Merlin Dome
Garden Party Unknown 1.12.5. New Directions Cliff
5.7 Amnesia Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Elephant Man Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Elephantiasis Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
The Tusk Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Fading Security Unknown 1.6. Capitol Rock
Mr. Parker's Parrot Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Takin' It Easy Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Way EC Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
White Rabbit Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
5th Avenue Unknown 1.8. Crossroads Cliff
Title Page Unknown 1.11.2. Main Buttress
Rusty Nail Unknown 1.12.5. New Directions Cliff
5.8 A Touch of Glass Unknown 1.2. Merlin Dome
Baby Elephant Walk Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Elephant Walk Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Jungle Book Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Mouse Dance Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Near Perfect Memory Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Perfect Memory Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Squeek Chute Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Go Ask Alice Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Headache Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Jigsaw Unknown 1.11.3. Right Side
Well-protected, Fun, Easy Route Unknown 1.12.1. Middle Cliff
Hair of the Dog Crack Unknown 1.12.2. Parking Lot Rock
Sunrise Service Unknown 1.12.4. Heart Rock
5.9 Unknown Arete Top rope 35ft 1.1. Roadside Crag
Abracadabra Unknown 1.2. Merlin Dome
Fatman's Fout Unknown 1.2. Merlin Dome
Half Dark Unknown 1.2. Merlin Dome
Muffin Love Unknown 1.2. Merlin Dome
The Magic Flute Unknown 1.2. Merlin Dome
Unbolt the Gate Unknown 1.2. Merlin Dome
Dicey Dihedral Unknown 1.3. K & L Wonderbluff
In the Leaf Stream Unknown 1.4. Sentinel Peak
Arthur Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Wild Kingdom Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
E.C. for You to Say Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Jaws Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Whaleback Crack Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Deadend Street Unknown 1.8. Crossroads Cliff
No Deposit, No Return Unknown 1.8. Crossroads Cliff
Epilog Unknown 1.11.2. Main Buttress
Short Story Unknown 1.11.3. Right Side
Word Processor Unknown 1.11.5. Hardbound Boulder
Narrow Margin Unknown 1.11.6. Sequel Wall
Lighter Side of Darkness Unknown 1.12.4. Heart Rock
Afterglow Unknown 1.12.5. New Directions Cliff
*** Crack to Nowhere Unknown 110ft 1.12.5. New Directions Cliff
5.10a Antithesis Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
For All the Dreamers Unknown 1.11.1. Left Side
By the Book Unknown 1.11.3. Right Side
5.10b Dumbo Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Novel Approach Unknown 1.11.2. Main Buttress
Footnote Unknown 1.11.3. Right Side
Unnamed Sources Unknown 1.12.2. Parking Lot Rock
5.10c Gold Line Unknown 1.3. K & L Wonderbluff
An Elephant Never Forgets Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Right-A-This Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Fairy Tale Unknown 1.11.3. Right Side
Shakes-Fear Unknown 1.11.3. Right Side
Icarus Descending Unknown 1.12.5. New Directions Cliff
River's Edge Unknown 1.12.5. New Directions Cliff
5.10 One Small Step Unknown 1.3. K & L Wonderbluff
Babylon by Bus Unknown 1.4. Sentinel Peak
Indian Summer Unknown 1.4. Sentinel Peak
Bwana Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Inland Seafood Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Innervisions Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Mystery Arete Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Race with the Devil on Spanish Highway Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Your Secret's Safe with Me Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Lexicon Unknown 1.11.3. Right Side
Carpet Crawl Unknown 1.12.5. New Directions Cliff
Nowhere Man Unknown 1.12.5. New Directions Cliff
5.10d Paucity Unknown 1.3. K & L Wonderbluff
King of Pain Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Balancing the Books Unknown 1.11.6. Sequel Wall
Overbooked Unknown 1.11.6. Sequel Wall
Platinum Unknown 1.12.1. Middle Cliff
Tiger Paws Unknown 1.12.2. Parking Lot Rock
5.10+ Unknown 1 Top rope 1.1. Roadside Crag
Unknown 2 Top rope 1.1. Roadside Crag
Buffalo Soldier Unknown 1.4. Sentinel Peak
Cosmos the Cosmic Crow Unknown 1.4. Sentinel Peak
Barbar Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Big Floppy Ears Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Ukiah Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
5.11a Celeste Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Final Chapter Unknown 1.11.2. Main Buttress
Aorta Unknown 1.12.4. Heart Rock
5.11b Whipper Snapper Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Required Reading Unknown 1.11.1. Left Side
Argentum Unknown 1.12.1. Middle Cliff
Palpitations Unknown 1.12.4. Heart Rock
5.11c A Niche in Time Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
E.C. Come, E.C. Go (aka Inside Jaws) Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Corner Unknown 1.10. Roadkill
Fall Colors Unknown 1.12.4. Heart Rock
5.11c A0 Daedalus Aid 1.12.5. New Directions Cliff
5.11 Two for the Money Unknown 1.3. K & L Wonderbluff
Mumbo Jumbo Unknown 1.5. Elephant Knob
Entasis Unknown 1.7. Parker Bluff
Pocket Power Unknown 1.9.1. Left Side
Welcome to Book Rock Unknown 1.11.1. Left Side
Best Seller Unknown 1.11.3. Right Side
This Page Intentionally Left Blank Unknown 1.11.3. Right Side
Pacemaker Unknown 1.12.4. Heart Rock
5.11d Dyslexia Unknown 1.11.2. Main Buttress
Johnny Can't Read Unknown 1.11.4. Paperback Slab
The Typesetter Unknown 1.11.4. Paperback Slab
The Book End Unknown 1.11.6. Sequel Wall
Generation Gap Unknown 1.12.3. Generation Dome
The Next Generation Unknown 1.12.3. Generation Dome
Morpheus Unknown 1.12.5. New Directions Cliff
5.11+ Grave the Failure Unknown 1.9.2. Cave Area
Thumbing Through Unknown 1.11.2. Main Buttress
Pulitzer Prize Unknown 1.11.3. Right Side
Ventricle Unknown 1.12.4. Heart Rock
5.12a Chouca of the Kern Unknown 1.9.1. Left Side
Barnacle Bill Unknown 1.9.2. Cave Area
Under Attack Again Unknown 1.9.2. Cave Area
You Axed For It Unknown 1.9.2. Cave Area
Anonymous Tip Unknown 1.12.2. Parking Lot Rock
Safety Razor Unknown 1.12.5. New Directions Cliff
5.12b Under Attack Unknown 1.9.2. Cave Area
5.12c Screaming Skull Unknown 1.9.1. Left Side
Chemikill Unknown 1.9.2. Cave Area
Face Unknown 1.10. Roadkill
5.12 Variation Unknown 1.9.1. Left Side
Coral Reef Unknown 1.9.2. Cave Area
5.13a Holey Power Unknown 1.9.2. Cave Area
? Blackey Sport 50ft, 5 1.1. Roadside Crag
Cliff Notes Unknown 1.11.5. Hardbound Boulder
A3 My First Aid Aid 1.1. Roadside Crag