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White Trail
A mix of singletrack, doubletrack and old mining roads. Near Wharton borough, New Jersey
Red Trail
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Yellow Trail
Yellow Trail Near Morristown, New Jersey
A mostly intermediate trail that runs the perimeter around the parking lot. Near Ringwood borough, New Jersey
Red Trail
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Ringwood Go-To Ride
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New York City Rock Climbing 

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Although limited there is some good bouldering to be found in and around the numerous parks in NYC. Just being outdoors in one of the numerous parks in the city feels good, but being outdoors with climbing shoes and chalk bag feels way better.

Getting There 

From almost any airport in the world, fly to JFK, Newark or LaGuardia, and follow all the people into Manhattan.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.1 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in New York City

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for New York City:
cats corner   V0 4     Boulder   Central Park : Cat Rock
Cat Arete   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 15'   Central Park : Cat Rock
The flake   V0-1 4+     Boulder, 12'   Central Park : Rat Rock
Squash the Slug   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   Central Park : Worthless Boulder
The Arete   V2 5+     Boulder   Central Park : Worthless Boulder
Tweaky Shit   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   Central Park : Rat Rock
Mean Green   V4+ 6B+     Boulder   Central Park : Worthless Boulder
The Polish Traverse   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Central Park : Rat Rock
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Featured Route For New York City
Rock Climbing Photo: Beta for Crush The Slug

Crush the Slug V2 5+  NY : New York City : ... : Worthless Boulder
I'm sure this boulder has been climbed a million times so the route itself isn't new. I just decided to put a name to it. The problem is extremely contrived so each hold is highlighted in the beta.Start fairly low with left hand in the big slot along the crack formation and right hand on a jug out right that's part of another crack formation.Bring your hands up to the two crimps along the two thin crack formations around your head. Find good feet and stand up to the "slug" piece. From the slug p...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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NYC BOULDERING by Gareth Leah is now at the printe...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pile Driver V4 - North Central Park
Pile Driver V4 - North Central Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Jean DeLataillade on Elias V9 before two of the lo...
Jean DeLataillade on Elias V9 before two of the lo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Shit Rock - North Central Park
Shit Rock - North Central Park

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By Fred Knapp
Sep 2, 2013
NYC BOULDERING by Gareth Leah is now at the printer and due at the end of September. Look for it at local outdoor shops or online at The book is available for pre-purchase and comes with a free iOS eBook.
By Edubs
From: Brooklyn, NY
Apr 16, 2015
Does anyone know the current legality of bouldering around NYC? Last time I was at Fort Tryon there were a lot of not very friendly "no climbing" signs.
By Greg Redlawsk
From: New York, NY
Apr 21, 2015
I climb in Fort Tryon relatively often, though mostly at the traverse wall and the Life is Beautiful boulder, both of which are pretty well established - I've never yet had an issue about it. I do want to explore some of the rock that has yet to be developed for climbing in the area, but I don't know much about the rules regarding that.
By Nicolas Falacci
From: Pasadena, CA
Oct 8, 2015
Originally the City Climbers Club had a formal arrangement with the Parks and Recreation department. As long as ropes and gear was not used, climbers were free to boulder in the parks of Manhattan. (With the exception of Vista Rock at the Belvedere Castle.)

However, I have heard in recent years that the Parks staffers in Ft Tryon aren't keen on it. Probably because the Cloisters is up there ... I dunno. Unfortunately, I don't think the club exists anymore and the people we used to deal with in the Parks dept are probably different.

I do know that the folks who oversee Inwood Park are VERY sensitive to climbers going in there due to the Native American sites.

Leah's new guide does an awesome job laying out a lot of sites in northern Manhattan that have bee developed. A lot of those places will be free from hassle.

If you're interested in the old original guide ... I'm slowly updating it (it will just cover the original areas it covered in 1988 - Central Park, Riverside, Ft Tryon, Inwood Park)

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