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Hammond Pond Rock Climbing 

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The unfortunate scene at the Alcove yesterday (12/...


This is an interesting collection of craglets of puddingstone rock (dark conglomerate) that lie WSW of Boston, near the Chestnut Hill shopping center. Climbing here dates back to the early 1900s. There are about 14 crags here. The 2 northernmost lie on private property are probably should not be listed unless ownership changes. The rest seem to be on what was once Metropolitan District Commission property and now is part of the Department of Conservation and Preservation. Some excellent bouldering lies here at the Alcove.

In the old days, folks bouldered here without pads. As a result, at least one well-known climber wound up with a broken back. Watch the landings if you are ropeless.

Ah yes, this is not a destination area, it's for locals.

Getting There 

Drive West on Route 9 to Hammond Pond Parkway. Go north. 7 of the 14 crags lie east between Hammond Pond Parkway and Hammond Pond. 5 of the 14 crags lie SW of the intersection of Beacon St & Hammond Pond Parkway. 2 of the 14 crags lie just north of the temple along Hammond Pond Parkway. Do not park at the temple!

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

131 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',37],['1 Star',22],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hammond Pond

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hammond Pond:
OJ   V-easy 3     Boulder   Alcove Area : Main Alcove Wall
Doug's Lowball Lip Traverse   V0 4     Boulder, 6'   Alcove Area : Beached Whale Boulder
Slippery Crimps   V1 5     Boulder, 8'   Alcove Area : Main Alcove Wall
Thank God Traverse   V1 5     Boulder, 8'   Alcove Area : Main Alcove Wall
Hammond Eggs   V3 6A     Boulder   Alcove Area : Main Alcove Wall
Reefer Madness   V3 6A     Boulder   Temple Area : Temple Overhangs
Hermit's Cave   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 8'   Temple Area : Pusherman Wall
A Page Out of Doug's Book   V4 6B     Boulder, 8'   Temple Area : Starbag Boulder
Nut Flexor   V4 6B     Boulder   Temple Area : Starbag Boulder
Stoned Highway   V4 6B     Boulder   Alcove Area : Alcove Entrance Boulder
Beached Whale   V6 7A     Boulder   Alcove Area : Beached Whale Boulder
The Bone   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     TR, 1 pitch, 20'   Temple Area : Pusherman Wall
Cracker Jack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Other Walls and Crags : Lower Walls
Hidden Magic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Other Walls and Crags : Lower Walls
Kellogg's   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V1 5     Trad, TR, Boulder, 1 pitch   Alcove Area : Main Alcove Wall
Breakfast of Champions   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 12'   Alcove Area : Main Alcove Wall
Hepatitus   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Temple Area : Pusherman Wall
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Featured Route For Hammond Pond
Rock Climbing Photo: Coming out of the cave.

Hermit's Cave V3-4 6A+  MA : Hammond Pond : ... : Pusherman Wall
Start back in the cave on fantastic juggy underclings with decent feet on the wall. Power out of the cave using roof beta to a hard cross move on the small arete feature. Once gaining the seam, traverse left to a very tricky mantle topout for the grade. Thank goodness it isn't highball!Starting further back in the cave may add a grade. This is a super classic climb that gives us in Boston a little taste of roof climbing, and is totally uncharacteristic for Hammond Pond and a very worthy tick for...[more]   Browse More Classics in MA

Photos of Hammond Pond Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Alex at the Alcove, Hammond Pond.
Alex at the Alcove, Hammond Pond.
Rock Climbing Photo: The parking lot at Hammond Pond in December 2006. ...
The parking lot at Hammond Pond in December 2006. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Setting up for a fun dyno in the Alcove area.
Setting up for a fun dyno in the Alcove area.

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By Staal
Apr 18, 2007
Hi all,
Google maps now allows the creation of custom maps with markers/text and lines. I used this to create a map of some of the Hammond Pond bouldering spots:

By cstorms
From: North Bend, OR
Sep 13, 2010
Staal, this map is great! Thank you for throwing this together....

People always say not to park in the temple parking lot for the Pusherman Wall, can anyone tell me where I should park to get to those boulders??? Thanks for any help.
By Lincoln
Nov 2, 2010
This map made it very easy to see that the routes were close to Macy's. I am from NH and have looked once in the area. Today I found the alcove. Very good place to climb. Fun but had to retreat without the pad. Very interested rock. Unlike the cliffs of Cathedral and surrounding NH cliffs.
By Colleen Z
From: Sutton, MA
Aug 10, 2012
Not sure if this is the appropriate place to post, but I left my glasses at the Lower Walls or Vittles Wall on Weds, August 8. If anyone finds them, please notify me. The frames are black with blue on the inside. Thank you so much!

By B-Mkll
From: Bozeman, MT
May 8, 2013
Unless someone else wants to do it, would anyone object to me creating a separate area for the Cave and surrounding problems just N of Pusherman wall? Got the send out of the cave with a friend the other day and I feel it is a quality enough problem (3-4 stars, V4-V5) to deserve a writeup.
By Old Timer
From: North Andover MA
May 8, 2013
Hi Benjamin,
That sounds good..... just "add an area" under Hammond Pond and you should be all set.

Old Timer
By Nicholas Holsapple
Nov 9, 2014
Hey everyone,

I am going to check out this area. Are there are open projects?

By Cryptic C62
From: Boston, MA
May 2, 2015
Some stuff that was found in 2014/2015:
By Ben Dubs
Mar 10, 2016
I heard The Alcove and other walls in the main area were tagged with graffiti - just bought a can of spray paint remover and will head over there sometime next week to clean up the mess - if anyone else wants to help it would be appreciated and we can setup a time after work....
By Arthur Torrey
From: North Billerica MA
Jun 16, 2016
VERY nice area for an 'urban park' - Lower Wall where I climbed in late May was generally clean, minimal trash, no significant graffiti, etc....

There are lots of trees, so plenty of shade and a pretty view of the lake. Major contrast with Quincy Quarry that is a total cess-pit.... I have no interest in ever going back to QQ, while this area I look forward to visiting again.

As a wheelchair using adaptive climber, the access was terrific, just a short distance down a relatively smooth and solid path and up a moderately steep slope to the base of the crag. I needed a bit of extra push to get my power chair up the slope and had to dodge around some of the rock outcroppings because of low ground clearance but was able to drive the chair right to the base of the crag and launch from the power-chair.... Compared to the Gunks' Trapps area, the Trapps had the better climb, but Hammond was easier for access!

I would say that it isn't worth a long drive to get to the area, but if you live in the Metro-Boston area and want a local outdoor climbing spot, this is a great area....
By Graham O.
Jul 14, 2016
A lot of fun. Puddingstone is some cool rock, that's for sure. Great for if you live in Boston but don't want to make the trek to Lincoln Woods, Pway, or Rumney.
By Tim McGivern
From: Medford, ma
Jul 17, 2016
There is tons of bouldering just north of Boston. 10 mins to the Fells, 20 mins to Peabody/Lynn. 40 mins to Cape Ann.

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