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Location: 42.4049, -71.6577 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: JD1984 on Nov 12, 2012
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Arete problem... probably V1+.

Description 

Garfield Woods is a nice area of Conservation land in Berlin, MA which encompasses the Forty Caves area. Several smaller boulderfields litter the woods, with a lot of problems that seem to be under the V3 grade. Right near the Berlin Boulder, there are numerous quality problems here as well as others with potential after some cleaning. There will be more info coming once I get out there with the camera.

Getting There 

Follow the directions to Berlin Boulder. Once on Lancaster St., go to the next pullout by the small sign which says "Garfied Woods Conservation Area." There are boulders on both the Red and Yellow trails as well as in the Forty Caves area. A trail map can be found at the trailhead, across the railroad tracks.

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Weather station 1.4 miles from here

7 Total Routes

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Cool traversing boulder problem. Maybe V2.
Cool traversing boulder problem. Maybe V2.
This map shows some of the more promising boulders that I found one winter day.  For some smaller, fun looking, V-easy problems try the blue trail running east to west in the upper section of the park.  For the “best” stuff, stay on the red and yellow trails in the middle of the park.  For those feeling adventurous and not worried about bad landing, try the jumbled up boulders by the river in the Forty Caves area.  Probably more stuff out there, but I know when I ventured into the northern extent of the park I found next to nothing.  I also didn’t find much on the steep hill, which appears to be outside of the park anyway.
BETA PHOTO: This map shows some of the more promising boulders...
Excellent boulder!
Excellent boulder!
Large boulder with easy problems and a crack (maybe 5.6ish).
BETA PHOTO: Large boulder with easy problems and a crack (mayb...

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By tommyguns
Jan 5, 2013
Checked out this area today and really liked what I found! I would definitely agree that many of the best looking boulders seem to offer V-easy to V4 problems. Many nice granite boulders while other boulders seem to resemble schist found in areas like Sandwich, NH. A worthy spot for those close by or if you're looking for a nice day of easy bouldering. Many of the best looking problems have good landings on flat terrain. I brought out a trail map and marked the location of 15 boulders that look good. I will upload it later. My camera died, so I don't have any pictures either. Thanks for posting this area.
By JD1984
From: Worcester, MA
Jan 26, 2013
Feel free to post the trail map if you like. Hopefully see you down there this spring! The Forty Caves area down by the swamp had some good stuff too, though I would imagine that bugs would be a major problem in the summer....
By JD1984
From: Worcester, MA
Jul 2, 2014
The bugs are so bad here in summertime that I won't return until fall. I was able to locate more good problems and even two short trad lines in my last few visits before the black flies and Mosquitos chased me out. Should make a good winter destination for mid week training sessions....