Rock Climbing in the Needles of Southern California

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 but summers are too hot so we plan trip for the spring and fall.

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.

Yes, 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.

Visit our Needles website

Call the office to discuss plans and to set up a guide.

Please Read before you go

We feel the following information is essential... (links open as PDF in new window)

  1. Details, Itinerary, and Equipment List
  2. SMC Cancellation Policy
  3. Suggestions on preparation - get the most out of your trip!
  4. Tips on physical training for your trip
  5. LNT - Let's work together to protect our precious mountain environment.

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