Best bouldering in the Adirondacks. Located on county road 33 (McKenzie Pond Road) near saranac lake and lake placid. The pull off is right across the road from an old abandoned barn. There are four sets of boulders. Nearly every problem is of good quality. Nothing harder than V10. Most of the rock is sharp and clean. Landings are nearly all perfectly safe. There are a decent number of problems that are higher than is typical in other areas. If a second pad is "required" it is usually noted in the description of the route. Some problems such as Time Will Tell on the Second Set have horrible landings, but, with enough pads, are protectable enough to be safe, and are totally awesome climbs worth bringing the extra gear back for.
McKenzie Pond draws people in from all over the place, but overall, I wouldn't call the pond a stand alone destination for a visit from a substantial distance. If you were up in the Adirondacks and felt like a day of bouldering, you will be very pleasantly surprised. If you are relatively nearby though, it is definitely a place worth becoming familiar with. Very nice spot to change the pace of jamming the great cracks in Keene.
The dirt pull off is right across the road from the old Hunt farmhouse. The pull off will be on your right coming from Lake Placid, and on your left coming from Saranac lake. The first set of boulders is visible from the pull off. The boulders of each set are pretty close together, with relatively short trails connecting each of the sets. There are trails to the first three sets. The fourth set is not currently documented, and does not have a trail from the third set, but the rock back there is mostly clean, pretty tall, and worth checking out if you feel like some exploring. It is located a couple minutes east and downhill from the boulders in the Third Set.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mckenzie Pond Boulders:
Start standing with your left hand on the right facing flake and your right hand on a sharp crimp. Climb up the flake and then throw out right for the big left rising ramp. Top out on the ramp. ...[more]Browse More Classics in NY
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