Otter Lake Cliff Rock Climbing
Short south facing cliff on the north side of Otter Lake in Caroga Lake, NY. If you are looking for some fun bouldery sport routes without a crowd, then this is the place for you. Tallest climb in roughly 45' tall, some are only 30-35' tall.
Park at the Kane Mtn. tailhead parking area on Green Lake Rd. in Caroga Lake, NY (near the small marina/gas station). From the parking area, walk northeast toward the reservoir and turn left onto the cross country ski trail that cuts over to Pine Lake. About 400 yards down this trail you will see a rock cairn on the right side of the trail. Cut into the woods here to head towards Otter Lake (This appraoch keeps you off of the private property for the 2 hunting camps on Otter Lake). Once you hit the lake, stay on the waters edge of the north side of the lake continuing all the way to the backside of the lake. Follow the climbers trail to the cliff. Total hike takes roughly 25 min.
Climbing Season For the Southern Mountains area.
Weather station 12.3 miles from here
16 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Otter Lake Cliff
Harvest Moon 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a NY
: ... : Otter Lake Cliff
Number 2 in the sketch. Begin on the "belay boulder", the same as "Porcupine Prelude". Follow edges, sidepulls, and crimps directly up the face. After the 4th bolt, work right and continue on large holds to eventually turn the roof overlaps above....[more] Browse More Classics in NY
BETA PHOTO: The Overlaps on the main face...pretty nice featur...
BETA PHOTO: Boulder at the base of the cliff...holdsa nice V3...
Mitch Hoffman leading "Porcupine Prelude"...
BETA PHOTO: Sketch of the Cliff and Routes
By Chris Duca
From: Havertown, PA
Jan 27, 2011
I notice that all of the routes get a "PG-13" rating, though they're categorized as sport routes. Is there potential for ground fall on these routes?
From: SL UT
Feb 5, 2011
Wow Justin... you went on a rampage here... nice work!
By Justin Sanford
From: Broadalbin, New York
Mar 28, 2011
Ha ha...that's what you get when you have a boulderer trying to rate sport climbs! The climbs are well protected, but I have seen people stick clip the 2nd bolt on a bunch of the routes in fear of ground falls (although I personally have not seen a ground fall at this crag). I guess thr routes could be updated to "G"...need some more climbers opinions out there for sure...
By Matt Rhodin
From: Syracuse, NY
Sep 19, 2014
Can somebody with the new ADK rock book update the approach? Apparently there is a much more detailed description now.