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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.
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.
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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