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Massabesic Lake (a.k.a. Lake Ledges)(Auburn NH)

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Massabesic Lake (a.k.a. Lake Ledges)(Auburn NH) 

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Submitted By: Jeremy A on Mar 27, 2013
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Lake ledges is on the Northern tip of Massabesic lake in a great location. It is about 40' tall at its highest point and about 200' long. The cliff is shaded by trees and requires a day or 2 to dry after rain in the Spring to Summer months.
NOTE: This cliff has been climbed for many years and is mostly top roped. The addition of bolts anywhere is unnecessary and may be illegal. All bolts previously placed in past years have been chopped.

See Access marked at all entrance's. Manchester water supply.

All top ropes can be setup by hiking the left or right side to the top. I think the left side is much easier and straight forward. Don't forget to enjoy the view from the top.

Getting There 

Follow route 101 East toward Raymond. Take Exit 1. Exit right. Go around traffic circle taking last right (Route 121 for 1.9 miles) Follow road past lake on right (You will see multiple crag out croppings on the lake side). Park at the 3rd parking spot on your right (Across from Massabesic Condo's). Follow trail staying straight with the lake on your right passing by a few crags/ boulders. Crag will be on your left. Average 10-15 minute hike.

5 Total Routes

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

Featured Route For Massabesic Lake (a.k.a. Lake Ledges)(Auburn NH)

Birds Nest 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b  NH : Massabesic Lake (a.k.a. Lak...
Locate the low overhang/Bulge in center of cliff. Usually a Swallows bird nest marks the start. **Please do not disturb in the spring, if possible**Make a crimp move (also a small TCU) and pull over lip to a large hold. Continue up horizontals to a tree. Usually dirty but becomes better in late season. Protects well....[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

Photos of Massabesic Lake (a.k.a. Lake Ledges)(Auburn NH) Slideshow Add Photo
Here's the google maps image of the lake. The red circle is the location of the crag.
BETA PHOTO: Here's the google maps image of the lake. The red ...
NOT the climbing ledge, but a little further down the trail and a nice place to sit and enjoy a sunset. <br /> <br />Photo by Takarra Morr
NOT the climbing ledge, but a little further down ...
View from on top, looking West towards Joe English Hill and the Uncanoonucs.
View from on top, looking West towards Joe English...
Taken near the center of the crag.
BETA PHOTO: Taken near the center of the crag.
Again google maps, zoomed in. You see the top of the crag but the face is away from the camera so you can just make out the ridge line.
BETA PHOTO: Again google maps, zoomed in. You see the top of t...
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By M Sprague
From: New England
Mar 27, 2013

What sort of angle is this crag, slabby or more face climbing, and are the routes really 3 stars? It is nice to hear about more of these crags in the area. Thanks for posting it up.

By Jeremy A
From: NH
Mar 27, 2013

Hey there Mark. Mostly face climbing. The left side has some slab climbs. Yeah I would like to see some of the southern stuff I frequent, climbed more. Hopefully with Todd's new book a lot of it will get exposed and cleaned again. This is a great crag for a TR outing as it offers 5.3 - 5.9 climbing.
3 Star is tough I guess..haha. I really like the southern area's and I usually give it 3 stars if I feel its a solid trad line and offers a variety of climbing and is well protected. Most likely 2 stars though.

By Jeffrey LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Mar 27, 2013

I think I bouldered the easier lines here as I was walking out to the overlook. A 5 minute walk past this puts you on top of a rock outcrop that overlooks Massabesic Lake - a great place for a picnic, walk the dog, or just to walk out to on a nice evening.

From: Boulder, CO
Mar 28, 2013

I used to teach outdoor ed at an alternative middle/high school, and we visited this craglet several times. It may be a nice diversion for the area, but I would hesitate to give anything there more than one star, unless you are comparing one route there against another.

Definitely worth adding to the database for the sake of documentation, but with other rock within a half hour's drive I would never go back even if I lived nearby.

By Jeremy A
From: NH
Mar 28, 2013

Haha. Come on Edge you don't want to come down and do some PWay or The Dump is definitely a better alternative. I have put in some scrub time here and Deer Leap over the years only to have it return back to what it is. It is an alternative for a quick session/ TR beginner group. I agree its not a destination drive..but it is there. Catch ya soon in Durham. Enjoy.

From: Boulder, CO
Mar 28, 2013

Sorry Jeremy, that may have been a bit harsh. I would just hate to visit an area based on a bunch of high star ratings and see this crag. I would end up continuing to walk looking for "the goods." Besides, Longstack isn't that far...