Mountain Bike Rides in the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Keyesville Climbing & Bouldering


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Many climbing options along Keyesville Road and the trails.

Climbing Keyesville Cracks
Top Roping at Keyesville.

  • Rock Climbing & Bouldering
  • Top Rope options
  • Endless bouldering potential
  • BLM Land
  • Winter, Fall, Spring
  • Elevation 2600 ft
  • Approach Trail: 5 minutes
  • Near: Wofford Heights, Lake Isabella
  • BLM Land
  • Dispersed camping, hiking, biking, whitewater
  • Nearby: Boulder Gulch , French Gulch, Sawmill
  • Map: Kern River Sierra Outdoor Rec Map


Granite boulders and small crags are scattered throughout the entire Keyesville BLM Recreation Area. The bouldering options are almost unlimited.

Keyesville Rock Climbing
Keyesville Cracks.

To start, check out Keyesville Road and the many boulders on the hill sides.

Top Roping at the Keyesville Cracks

There are some 5.6-5.9 cracks and some tougher friction climbs on a small crag conveniently just off the road.

Although the climbing is limited and inconsistent, there are 5 sets of anchor bolts allowing for top ropes and rappelling practice. Hike up the use-trail to the left of the cliffs.

This formation is on the right, not too far before reaching the restrooms on Keyesville Road (about .5 miles). A large flat boulder on the left marks the parking spot.

Bouldering at Keyesville
Boulders at Keyesville.


Keyesville BLM South

Another entrance to Keyesville is located nearby on the other side of the lower Kern River.

Several boulder problems were established here, and are listed in the hard-to-find guide called: Climbing and Bouldering Guide to the Lower Kern Canyon by Mickey Dunagan.

Southern Keyesville options

Various boulders and some climbs are accessed from the Hwy 178 Bridge near Bodfish.

A few short established routes are located above the Isabella motel on the BLM land.

Some people boulder around the "Granite Launch" at the lower Keyesville Gorge Trail.

Climbing Keyesville Cracks-
One of the tougher cracks off Keyesville Road.

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How to find it

To access Keyesville Road:

The main staging area for Keyesville is just north of Lake Isabella on the 155.

From Kernville, drive south toward Lake Isabella.

The Keyesville entrance is located just north of the town of Lake Isabella. From Hwy 155, go west on Keyesville Road and scout around.

The Keyesville Staging Area, with restrooms, is .7 miles ahead on the left in the large dirt open area near the restrooms.

Keyesville crags Keyesville Rock Climbing
Top rope routes are found at the "Keyesville Cracks", off to the right before reaching the restrooms on Keyesville Road. Looking back down at Keyesville Road from the Keyesville Cracks.

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