Merimere Face Rock Climbing
North view from the top of Merimere Face.
Several 60-80', S and E facing cliffs overlooking the Merimere Reservoir - surprisingly beautiful spot for the area. Solid dark basalt rock, pretty secluded.
By John Peterson
This area contains a number of different rock faces. As you look across the water from the approach road, Ampitheater is the biggest face, on the left, Fall Wall is a smaller face to the right, and Merimere Face is the rightmost of the larger cliffs, easily identified by the roofs of Thor's Hammer.
There are many smaller routes on the crags near the castle but these are mostly garbage (literally). Of all the routes in the green book in the castle area, the only one I'd reccomend is Glassworks.
Take Route 691 about 2 miles past Meriden and exit onto Main St. Go about 3/4 mi east to Hubbard Park. Drive N in the park and park under the overpass. The gate is closed in the early evening, so don't drive in unless you will definitely be out early. If you can get out early it is only a few hundred yard walk east to the top of the cliffs.
From the overpass, walk about 1/2 mi up the road and cut left at the Southern edge of the reservoir. Follow a trail for a few hundred yards. When the trail cuts uphill and hard left, continue straight up a spur path. Hike another 10 minutes up the scree.
Climbing Season For the East Peak area.
Weather station 3.4 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Merimere Face
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Merimere Face:
Featured Route For Merimere Face
Thunder Bolt Crack 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
: Central Valley
: ... : Merimere Face
Thunderbolt is a rare trap rock crack climb. Although the finger crack is short, it is a true CT adventure. Best to do in two short pitches to avoid rope drag. Two start options: Follow the original route description from the Nichols guide books, or alternatively climb Thor's to the foot ledge, set a belay (this is just after the crux roof), climb to the second roof on Thor's, traverse right all the way around the corner and into the right leaning finger c...[more] Browse More Classics in CT
South view from the top of Merimere Face.
Merimere Face from the access road
BETA PHOTO: Here's a distance shot of East Peak - Merrimere Fa...
Thor's Hammer is the corner that starts at the hig...