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A sensational panorama after a hefty climb up Overlook Mountain. Near Woodstock, New York
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A grueling one way ride with some tough terrain, but very rewarding downhill with incredible views! Near Palenville, New York
Overlook Turnpike Primitive Bicycle Corridor
Mix of technical singletrack & doubletrack. Near Manorville, New York
Jockey Hill - Wood Rd
An access road for the amazing singletrack littered throughout this part of Bluestone Wild Forest. Near Lake Katrine, New York
Lower Ridgeline
The main trail that runs along the western ridge with rocks, roots, climbs, and drops. Near West Hartford, Connecticut
Finger Rock Road
A wide fire road with a few small hills. Near West Hartford, Connecticut
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Western Highlands Rock Climbing 

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Climbing in Northwestern CT is not as varied or bountiful as other parts of the state but none the less there are some great areas to grab your rope and get out for some pulling. This region is remarkably more hilly, containing CT's highest spot, the side of a hill that has a summit just over the border into Massachusetts.

Getting There 

There is a network of roads throughout the region although there is no main thruway.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

101 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',32],['2 Stars',48],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Western Highlands

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Western Highlands:
Try   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   St. John's Ledges : Lower Ledges
Wilderness Crack   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   St. John's Ledges : Lower Ledges
Green Grizzly   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 230'   Grizzly Cliff
Romancing the Stone   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Whitestone Cliff : The Slab
Tree Skirt   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Whitestone Cliff : The Slab
Dreadlock   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   Whitestone Cliff : Right Side
Trail Magic    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   St. John's Ledges : Upper Ledges
First Timer   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   St. John's Ledges : Lower Ledges
Structures   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR   Whitestone Cliff : Right Side
Nectar of the Gods   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Whitestone Cliff : The Slab
Withywindle Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Diamond Ledge
Crocodile Tears   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Orenaug Park
The Graduate   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   St. John's Ledges : Lower Ledges
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Featured Route For Western Highlands
Rock Climbing Photo: Jim standing on top of the fin.

The Route with the Fin... 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CT : Western Highlands : ... : Junkyard
This route goes up the right end of the ramp in the overhung section to a flake that looks like a fin. work up and over the fin to gain some easy terrain through the middle of the climb. Finish up in a right leaning, right facing corner with some finger cracks....[more]   Browse More Classics in CT

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Apr 16, 2011
I am originally from North Canaan, CT but didn't get into climbing until I left for UVM. Have been back and climbed since. The NW Corner has a ton of possibility. Tons and tons of boulders, just need to know where to look. Many quality crags as well, just needs to be some dedication, time, and effort into developing, documenting, and gaining access..I hope to get to be a part of this one day.

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