Bald Rock Basin Rock Climbing
Bald Rock is a peak/rock outcropping in the Danbury, CT area. The peak and adjacent basin to the north are loaded with large gneiss boulders and outcroppings. The bedrock on the property is composed of Brookfield Diorite Gneiss, Walloomsmac Schist, and Stockbridge Marble. All of the climbing is on the gniess which is infused with feldspar mega-crystals and contains schist and marble intrusions. The property is public land with legal access and parking. At this time it also happens to be the largest legal bouldering area in the state.
There are also a handful of short 30-50 ft routes detailed here: RULES: 1.
Pull straight in to park AND park closely to others to maximize space 2.
DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD! 3.
Do NOT blast your radio on this road or parking lot 4.
Drive slowly there are kids in the neighborhood 5.
Be respectful and courteous of neighbors 6.
Please wave and smile at the police when they drive by patrolling 7.
Remember to be safe and have lots of fun... and join the Redding Land Trust and help support this great climbing area.
Please carpool, park closely, AND DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD.
If the parking lot is full please visit one of the other local areas like Huntington State Park
, Tree Tops, Bethel CT
, Great Ledge
There's a small parking lot for Bald Rock Basin located at the end of John Todd Way in Redding, CT. From the parking lot follow the blue blazed trail North. Continue North at the junction and follow sign to Bald Rock. From Bald Rock, one can hop over to the backside and continue NW and then N into the basin area or continue along the dirt road out into the power lines past three poles (on your left)and then follow slight trail left (SW) into the woods and down into the basin. Any questions please feel free to PM me. If there are any issues please let me know, I have a relationship with the town of Bethel (owners) and work with the Access Fund as the Regional Coordinator.
Weather station 4.2 miles from here
207 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',75],['2 Stars',80],['1 Star',35],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Bald Rock Basin
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bald Rock Basin:
Featured Route For Bald Rock Basin
Test of Fate V2 5+ CT
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This great climb starts on the blank face just to the left of Classic Crack. Reach for the sloping bar on the lip of the small overhang. Work your way up over the lip on small holds including a small undercling. Carefully climb up to the lip, break left to make things interesting or move right at the lip and grab the back of Classic Crack to mantle. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CT
Enter the Colossus V4-5 R, Colossus Boulder
Five Star Bouldering during Peak Foliage. Mike M. ...
Bald Rock Basin in Peak Foliage
By Glen Luckjiff
May 3, 2015
Had our first go at the Basin today and enjoyed the rock and surroundings. Finding the boulders for the first time is non-trivial and I would suggest the following edit to reach the Welcome Wall (East Side).
There's a small parking lot for Bald Rock Basin located at the end of John Todd Way in Redding, CT. From the parking lot follow the blue blazed trail North. Continue North at the junction and follow sign to Bald Rock. From Bald Rock continue along the dirt road out into the power lines past four poles (including the pole you see immediately as you enter the cut) and then (close to the fifth pole) follow slight trail (hard) left (SW) into the woods and down into the basin. After a few minutes working your way down you will see the Welcome Wall to your right.
By Morgan Patterson
May 4, 2015
Just a warning... the power lines host massive tick populations and we stopped going in that way all together as we weren't excited about pulling 10+ ticks off us per visit.
It is also significantly longer if you are trying to get to the west side and you also miss some good bouldering between bald rock and the basin.