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Lake Luzerne Rock Climbing 

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Lake Luzerne is a small town near Lake George, NY it offers a variety of activities including climbing, swimming, and cycling. It's best known for the sport climbing at Potash RD, however there are many one climb wonders and documented/undocumented wilderness exploration potential near by. You can find a upstate NY testpeice graded into the 13's, quality bouldering, moderate sport climbing, and alpine adventure climbing here.

Getting There 

Lake Luzerne can be accessed via exit 21 on Interstate 87, or the "Northway" (NYS signage will be present). Head Southwest on 9N (the only road you can turn onto), and follow the signs to Lake Luzerne. If you find yourself in Lake George Village, you've gone the wrong way.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sizing up the move to the crimp

Black Dog 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  NY : Lake Luzerne : Potash Cliff
Start in the corner, moving onto the right wall at some obvious holds. Climb the arete (crux) to a stance under an overhang. Move a little right to a crack in the overhang and place some small but solid gear. Pull the overhang (10a) and up a short slab to a fixed anchor. The lower section, while not long, is technical and continuous....[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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By Okazaki3
Sep 28, 2014
Easier approach: optional parking near the power lines. At the power lines on the west side of the road, look across the road and you can see the cliff. Follow the dirt road just left of the power lines uphill. This will put you directly under the power lines. Keep following the dirt road until the second set of power line poles right by 2 car-sized boulders. Just before the boulders, follow the path into the woods. There is a large cairn 20 feet in. Follow the path pretty much paralleling the road for 10 min. As of late sept 2014 there were lots of hornets and looked like many nests by climbs 5-9 or so. Also, the bridge is out at the moment, but that's okay because you do not need to cross it.
By Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady
Sep 29, 2014
The parking area under the powerlines is definitely closer, and we also used to park there. However, we were politely asked one day by the gentleman across the street not to park there, and to instead use the area up the road. Not sure if this is still the case, as we haven't been there in two years, but just thought we'd make a note of it.

Regardless of where you park, have a fun time out climbing!
By Doc from Rocksport
Mar 29, 2015
The tricky part about access at Potash is that it's a small parcel of State land completely surrounded by private land (the state doesn't even have an easement or right of way for timber, fire, etc. as far as we could research). Because of this , the land owner that owns the parcel that you cross whether you hike the powerline or not, has asked climbers to park in the small lot as described in the latest edition of Adirondack Rock and sign in at the trail register (just be mindful of ruts and snowmelt during mud season). Thanks. -Doc

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