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Owls Head Mountain 


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Elevation: 2,812'
Location: 44.24788, -73.82303 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jim Lawyer, Chris Duca, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Ben Brotelho on Nov 18, 2012
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View of the cliff before turning right down draina...
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Description 

A nice little nob that has some great views, relaxed ambiance, and some nice clean (albeit short/easy) crack climbs right at the summit. The vantage point here may be the best part...as one is climbing on the cliff they can expect great views of Pitchoff, Cascade, Hurricane, and Giant mountains. A very popular hiking trail, so expect some curious glances when you top out on the summit.

Rock is clean for the most part, a little lichen here and there to keep things interesting. Top-roping may be done with prodigious use of static line (trees are far back), or by building a gear anchor.

Given the sunny exposure, I can imagine warm rock climbing can take place here well into the early winter and in the spring.


Getting There 

Park at Owl's Head Lane, located 3.1 miles from the 73/9 intersection (driving from Keene to Lake Placid), on the left. Park at a side road a short distance up the road, next to the trail sign. A quick mile to the summit, and a gully on the right becomes prominent just before the actual summit. The cliff base is down this gully.


Climbing Season


3 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Owls Head Mountain:
Hooters   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Owls Head Mountain

Owl Crack 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13  NY : Adirondacks : Owls Head Mountain
This is a good beginner crack. Crux move around second and third piece of protection. Great route for learning placement without much technical chalange. Solid feet and hands....[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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Bigger view of the cliffs, not my photo, taken from google image search
BETA PHOTO: Bigger view of the cliffs, not my photo, taken fro...
Easy 10 minute hike leads to this cliff, do not be tricked by the two false peaks you pass along the way.  <br /> <br />If you're lucky: on Sunday's when the weather is nice you can catch a group of women hiking up their Harp's to play to the Adirondacks mountains.
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By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Oct 21, 2013

Great beginner's crag with nice views, clean cracks, and relatively easy top ropes (30' of static line is useful for the climbs on the left side).

This could probably be lumped in with the other High Peaks climbing areas.