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Description 

The Flakes area at Garrett Mountain contains several distinct features that make this a unique bouldering area in New Jersey. The area is just below a 50 foot tower at the top of the cliff line overlooking Paterson. Parking can be found either at the top of the cliff in a small parking lot just off of a loop road which runs through Garrett Mountain Reservation. Drive on the loop road and park at the parking lot across the street from the obvious tower. You can also park below the cliff in the parking lot for Lambert's Castle.

Getting There 

From the northbound Garden State Parkway, take exit 153B to Route 3 West. Stay on this road for about two miles or less. Just after going under a bridge exit right down an exit to a right turn on Valley Road. Take Valley for about 1.5 miles to Lambert's Castle. You've gone too far if you cross a highway and enter Paterson.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 1.2 miles from here

16 Total Routes

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Two Step Arete V1- 5-  NJ : Garrett Mountain
This is on the right side of Flake 1 about 5 feet from Bridge of Sighs. The first ascentionist was 6'2" so keep that in mind when reading the description. Begin by reaching up to grab the top of a block on the under side of the overhanging rock about two feet to the left of the Flake's edge. Pull up and paste right foot on a small dimple/ bump. Bring your right hand up to a hold on the arete of the next block which is on top of the first. Stand up on the dimple and reach up with your left to...[more]   Browse More Classics in NJ

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East Facing walls south of the tower.
BETA PHOTO: East Facing walls south of the tower.
Tall Walls at the NW corner.
BETA PHOTO: Tall Walls at the NW corner.
Unclimbed East facing walls.  South of the Tower.
BETA PHOTO: Unclimbed East facing walls. South of the Tower.
Tall Walls at the NW Corner.  Splitter crack right...
BETA PHOTO: Tall Walls at the NW Corner. Splitter crack right...
Tall Walls at the NW Corner.  Splitter crack left....
Tall Walls at the NW Corner. Splitter crack left....
Unclimbed East facing walls.  South of the Tower.
BETA PHOTO: Unclimbed East facing walls. South of the Tower.
High Roller Boulder.  North Side of the Flakes.
BETA PHOTO: High Roller Boulder. North Side of the Flakes.
Unclimbed East facing walls.  South of the Tower.
BETA PHOTO: Unclimbed East facing walls. South of the Tower.
Northern side of the Flakes.  Right of the High Ro...
BETA PHOTO: Northern side of the Flakes. Right of the High Ro...
Western side (far side) of the Flakes area.  Not t...
BETA PHOTO: Western side (far side) of the Flakes area. Not t...
Barb Rock.  North side of the Flakes.  Left of Hig...
BETA PHOTO: Barb Rock. North side of the Flakes. Left of Hig...
Unclimbed East facing walls.  South of the Tower.
BETA PHOTO: Unclimbed East facing walls. South of the Tower.
Potentially a few lines around this crack on the N...
BETA PHOTO: Potentially a few lines around this crack on the N...
Unclimbed East facing walls.  South of the Tower.
BETA PHOTO: Unclimbed East facing walls. South of the Tower.
Individual Boulder at the NE corner of the Flakes....
BETA PHOTO: Individual Boulder at the NE corner of the Flakes....
Unclimbed East facing walls.  South of the Tower.
BETA PHOTO: Unclimbed East facing walls. South of the Tower.
The is the main wall right below the tower.
BETA PHOTO: The is the main wall right below the tower.
Caveman Boulder at the base of the walls.  Located...
BETA PHOTO: Caveman Boulder at the base of the walls. Located...
The Flake
BETA PHOTO: The Flake
TR a few minutes south of the tower.
TR a few minutes south of the tower.

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By Alex W.
May 2, 2015
I climbed here for the first time last summer. The bouldering is not on individual boulders really but on a ring of short vertical rock (8-20 FT high).

It is a pretty cool feature and I look forward to driving up again when I return this August to NJ. I might take some more photos for this page. If anyone wants to join let me know.
By Alex W.
Jul 31, 2015
I've returned to GM a few times this summer and did some more recon with my microscender, especially at the walls south of the tower. I've included some pictures but that only tells half the story. There are more faces and they look great!

There are a lot of trees one can set a top rope to, and some boulders at the top. With a 50 ft static rope you'll have no problem climbing any portion of the wall.

As for conditions, the rock is solid where it looks solid and loose where it looks loose. On a rappel I kicked loose a torso sized rock and on my way up one climb I threw plenty of soft ball sized rocks down. So helmets are encouraged. But as I said, where it looks solid it totally is.

Overall the area has a lot of potential for great climbing. Tall walls. Varying features. It just needs more traffic than me to get cleaned up.

One more thing. BEWARE of poison ivy. It's at the top, it's at the bottom, it's even on some parts of the wall.

There are also walls at the south side of the reservation. Maybe only 2-3 routes worth. It is a lot blockier, I've been calling it the Ice Berg. It's on the outer rim trail, passed the abandoned swing set park.

If ever anyone is interested in checking GM out, just send me a message.
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