The Needles of Southern California


A remarkable place…to climb


The spires soar into California’s blue skies


Fluorescent yellow lichen coats perfect granite


Needles Climbing Guides


Sierra Mountain Center


Now Offering Guided Climbing at The Needles

Rock Climbing in the Southern California Needles

Kern River, The Needles

The Needles of Southern California are a remarkable place.

The area hovers on the margins of most climber’s radar; somewhere they have heard of but never quite managed to get to.The drive is long through some of the least populated parts of the southern Sierra.While Dome Rock is barely a stone’s throw from the vehicle the main Needles group is a two-mile hike in and summers are too hot.

But the climbing is some of the finest in the state with the classic White Punks on Dope reputed to be the best moderate climb in the state.In 2012 the Sequoia National Forest granted Sierra Mountain Center a permit to guide here. It took us many decades of applying but we are now the only guide service able to guide here.

Needles Ca Climbing GuideYes, the Needles are a spooky place to climb. But it is also one of the most aesthetic anywhere. Glowing green and fluorescent yellow lichen coat impeccable granite and the spires soar into the blue skies of the Golden State.

Come climb with us and return home with an unforgettable experience etched into your emotions.

We offer three different camps, each three days long.

Dates for 2016

May 28-30
June 18-20, 25-27
September 17-19
October 1-3, 8-10

We also offer trips on a custom, by request basis. So please call and talk to us about climbing in this fantastic area.

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