The Happy Valley and The Hideaway are two bouldering areas located in close proximity to each other. The rock is slightly crumbly gneiss; however, most holds are very solid. Most problems tend to be very fingery and the best climbs are V5 or above; however, there are many climbs at lower grades. Due to their hard to find nature, the areas tend to be fairly uncrowded, especially the Happy Valley.
Video (This shows most of the climbs at the Happy Valley)
Park at the end of Dry Hill Road in Montague and hike in on confusing trails. The New England Bouldering guidebook offers a confusing description of how to get to both areas but it is certainly better than blindly searching in the woods. It is about 15 minutes to each area and about 10 minutes between the two.
This is the classic of The Happy Valley and Hideaway. It is a real must do, regardless of how hard you climb.Start in the slot, and climb juggy pinches and comfy crimps up the beautiful steep wall. Finish with two consecutive dynos both of which are very committing. The mantle is also quite spicy. Enjoy! ...[more]Browse More Classics in MA
Both of these areas are very easy to find as long as you can follow directions. Get the Tim Kemple New England bouldering guide, and it has a map of the entire area. Keep an eye on the map and your surroundings and you will find your way there no problem. There are quite a few cairns out there showing the way. The "big stump" isn't very big anymore and is also hidden by a lot of overgrowth. There is a nice cairn at the fork in the trail. Take the left trail for Happy Valley and the right trail for The Hideaway.