Artist's Bluff Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: This marks the more popular routes on artists bluf...
Artist's bluff is a beautiful place to spend a day, the view is spectacular... This is likely where it got its name, its seems like a perfect place to set up and paint a landscape... Its best attribute is some very enjoyable moderate routes and an easy approach and decent...
There are some harder routes in the 5.10 range and even one 5.12 sport route, but the bluff is more well known for its comfortable moderate routes such as the creatively named "standard route" which holds many variations...
The rock is of typical Franconia quality (the more solid variety) nice textured granite... Good solid gear for the most part and some really nice belay ledges...
A perfect place to get on your first trad lead or to bring a friend for a mellow intro to multi-pitch trad climbing...
Take route 93 to exit 34c... This is the same exit as for cannon mt. ski area and Echo Crag... At the stop sign go left, this takes you over the highway. Look for a dirt pull out on the right after the bridge; the trail starts here but please park at Echo Lake Beach parking lot 100 yards ahead. Do not park at trail head (no parking signs). Keep right at the first fork in the trail. It's only a few minutes to get to the cliff base which will be on your right as you hike up... A trail leads along the base of the cliff from left to right...
Weather station 7.1 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Artist's Bluff
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Artist's Bluff:
Featured Route For Artist's Bluff
Handy Cap Direct 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b NH
: WM: Franconia Notch
: Artist's Bluff
A cool sport route that is a bit out of place (but welcome) at this mostly moderate trad crag... Definitely worth doing...Stick clip the first bolt... The real crux is the first 10 feet of climbing which is powerful and technical on a series of undercling crimps... The first boulder problem ends at a jug by the 2nd bolt another move or 2 gains you a rest where you can wedge yourself in the corner to catch your breath... Gastone and sidepull your way up to another good hold, set up, and make a bi...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
A great view of Franconia Notch and a very cute co...
Nicole Hansche at a nice belay on Artist's Bluff.....
Just another part of the beautiful view from the t...
BETA PHOTO: Artist's Bluff as seen from the road...
After a successful summit be sure to do this bould...
me of top of echo. What a view
Aug 17, 2011
FYI: Might be best to drive another 100 yards and pay to park at Echo Lake. We got a $20 ticket for parking in the dirt pull out right by the trail.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jan 13, 2013
Thanks. I shifted them a little to get on the crag. Lee, did I sort the routes correctly? I wasn't quite sure on a couple of them.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jan 13, 2013
looks good mark... thanks