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Rocky Point State Park - Main Loop
A fun loop around the state park with varied terrain. Lots of long and flat singletrack. Near Setauket-East Setauket, New York
Manorville Hills
No level sections, lots of flow, and many mellow climbs. Not great for beginners. Near Manorville, New York
Intermediate singletrack with plenty of additional features. Near Middletown, Connecticut
Rockland Preserve
The blue arrow loop through the Singletracks of Rockland. Near Durham, Connecticut
Rockland Preserve Tour
A tour of the singletrack along the Rockland recommended blue arrow route. Near Durham, Connecticut
Blackeldge Falls Clockwise loop
A good, technical 1.5 hr loop. Near Glastonbury Center, Connecticut
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CT Bouldering Rock Climbing 

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While CT is not especially known for it's rock climbing (other then the fact that modern climbing basically started in this state), it's a known fact among locals that the state is littered with boulders, pretty much from corner to corner (maybe except the NE). From the Traprock basalt bouldering in the central part of the state, to the gorgeous fine grey gneiss boulders and caves in the Southeast, to the Western lands loaded with larger grained gniess, schist, and even some marble boulders, to the granite strewn coastline there's climbing on almost every type of rock imaginable (no limestone that I know of yet). If you can't find a bouldering area in your town or the one next to you, you probably just haven't looked hard enough!

A little tip to those who are in the business of hunting these great gifts... 12,000 years ago the glaciers flowed from the NW to the SE diagonally across CT. As a result of this event, and a good general rule, most all bouldering (except traprock) are located on steep South Eastern facing slopes above swamps or ponds. The other tip is that many of the boulders I've found have been along old fault lines... geeze how the hell does one figure that out you might ask?? Here ya go... this is the CT Geology Map for Google Earth! Neat stuff huh? Lastly, there's the online maps, and honestly Google Sucks for this, so next time you're looking to surf around and see if you can find some boulders flip over to Bing Maps and use the Bird's Eye feature. This will allow you to rotate the camera to look at hills from various angle, most notable is the SE aspect!

One last tidbit, since this IS Connecticut, it's likely the amazing new boulder you are scoping is likely on private property or somewhere where climbing is prohibited (think water company property). Maybe, maybe not? Do you really know for sure? If you've got a question about an area reach out to the Access Fund and ask for help! They can help with research and provide guidance on how best to handle any situations that you may come across.

So without further adieu, here's a choice selection of tasty legal bouldering in our fine little state!

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588 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',59],['3 Stars',235],['2 Stars',204],['1 Star',87],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in CT Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for CT Bouldering:
Classic Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 13'   West Side : Warmup Boulder
High Five   V0 4     Boulder   West Side : Colossus Boulder
Fanciful Flight   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   West Side : Colossus Boulder
Creamy Tacos   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   East Side : El Duque Wall
Orion   V2 5+     Boulder, 23'   West Side : Colossus Boulder
New Speedway Boogie   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   West Side : King Boulder
Pancake Arete   V3 6A     Boulder   Seven Falls Bouldering : Pancake boulder
Slurp & Giggle   V3 6A     Boulder, 18'   East Side : El Duque Wall
Tree Hugger    V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   Woodbridge Land Trust, Park... : Frankenrock
The Only Dance There Is   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 12'   Deep River/Essex/Chester : Canfield Woods, Book Hill
Connecticut Power and Lighting (CPL)   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Killingworth : Chatfield Weather Caves
Return Of The B-Boy   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   West Side : King Boulder
Kerosine   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, 12'   West Side : King Boulder
The Resolution   V6 7A     Boulder, 35'   Killingworth : Fat Man's Squeeze
Atomic Pleasure   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   West Side : King Boulder
Crimp line on Main Roof    V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Samp Mortar / Mt. Laurel : Samp Mortar
Frankenstein's Lab    V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 18'   Woodbridge Land Trust, Park... : Frankenrock
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Ghost Face (Low) V9-10 7C+  CT : CT Bouldering : ... : Ghost Face and Grave Yard
Start standing on the ground with your right hand on a small crimp and your left hand on the undercling arete. Put your right foot up on a small chip and stick the starting holds of Ghost Face and continue up Ghost Face.Another project is to start on Ghost Face (Low) and finish up Ghost Face Killer which is another amazing undone line....[more]   Browse More Classics in CT

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