Mountain Bike Rides in the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Boy Scout Rocks

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Sport climbing at Big Meadow on the Kern Plateau
Boyscout Rocks Climbing area at Big Meadow on the Kern Plateau, Sequoia National Forest

Rock Climbing Boy Scout Rocks by Big Meadow near Domelands on the Kern Plateau

THE STATS
  • Sport Climbing
  • Single Pitch
  • 5.7 to 5.11
  • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Aspect: Main side faces south
  • Elevation: 7900 ft
  • Land: Sequoia National Forest
  • Where: Big Meadow, Kern Plateau
  • Access: Cherry Hill Road
  • Approach: easy, 5-10 minutes
  • Trail: Salmon Creek Trail, 33E36
  • Nearest Town: Kernville, Kennedy Meadows
  • Map: Kern River Sierra Outdoor Rec Map
Rock Climbing Boy Scout Rocks by Big Meadow near Domelands on the Kern Plateau

Climbing Boy Scout Rocks

Situated on top of a scenic knoll to the west of Big Meadow, climbers can enjoy convenient and moderate sport climbing. Most of the steeper climbs face south, so plan accordingly. The backside is shady with a couple climbs, and there are many bouldering possibilities in the area.

Unfortunately, most of the hangars do not have quick links or rap anchors.

Rock Climbing Boy Scout Rocks by Big Meadow near Domelands on the Kern Plateau
A great place to hang out! On the shady north-facing side.

The Trail

From Big Meadow West parking/camping area, take Salmon Creek Trail a short ways (less than .15 miles) to a saddle. At the high point, head right (north) through the trees and up to the crag.

Rock Climbing Boy Scout Rocks by Big Meadow near Domelands on the Kern Plateau
South facing side has the most climbs. A few routes near the climber are in the 5.8 range.


Rock Climbing Boy Scout Rocks by Big Meadow near Domelands on the Kern Plateau
Some harder steeper climbs, up to 5.11.

Rock Climbing Boy Scout Rocks by Big Meadow near Domelands on the Kern Plateau
North side. 5.7ish with some harder variations.

Directions

From Kernville, drive north on Mtn 99 for about 19 miles, and turn right onto Sherman Pass Road. In 6 miles, turn right on Cherry Hill Road, 22S12, and continue for about 12 miles to Big Meadow. There is a dirt parking area on the left (Big Meadow West), and the signed Salmon Creek Trail is on the right.

From Kennedy Meadows, drive Sherman Pass Road up and over Sherman Pass. Appromately 10 miles past the overlook, turn left on Cherry Hill Road, 22S12, and follow the directions above.


Sign
Take Salmon Creek Trail a short ways, then head right and up to the crag.
sign
The trail is across from Big Meadow West parking and camping area.

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This climbing spot and nearby trails are depicted on the Kern River Sierra adventure map, 6th edition.

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