Roadside Crag

  • Grades: US
  • Approach time: 15 secs
  • Photos: 1
  • Ascents: 7


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.


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


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Grade Route

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.

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.

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

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.

Small crag on north side of river.

Small crag on north side of river.

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