Potter Mountain Cliff Rock Climbing
Sitting just below the summit of Potter Mountain, this is one of the largest cliffs at Silver Lake. It contains some of the best multi-pitch face climbing in the northeast. The rock is some of the best in the park -- vertical acres of dimpled awesomeness, scoured clean by winter ice.
The cliff heats up in the summer, so don't go here if it's warmer than 70 degrees. In the cool weather of October and November, there is no better place to be; even if it's below freezing at the car, you'll be climbing in T-shirts at the cliff.
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From the Goodrich Mills Trailhead, follow the logging road to a clearing, then bear 45 degrees right and continue on the logging road to the height of land (good view of the cliff here). Continue another 1 minute along the flat road, then look for a herd path on the left. Follow this (some cairns) to the cliff.
Climbing Season For the Northern Region area.
Weather station 12.7 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Potter Mountain Cliff
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Potter Mountain Cliff:
Piece Out 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 2 pitches, 170'
Poker Face 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 2 pitches, 210'
Honeybadger 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Brazilian 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
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Brazilian 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b NY
: ... : Potter Mountain Cliff
A multi-cruxed test piece at the grade with a little bit of everything. P1 - Climb out of the cave into the chimney and left facing corner. Follow the steepening crack as it narrows down the further left you go. Pull up through the overhanging face into another vertical left facing corner (crux). Continue up corner until easier ground allows a traverse left to anchors below a black wall with a hanging cedar tree on the left hand side.p2 - Climb straight up through bolts to a horizontal (gear...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
By Dom R
From: Saranac Lake, NY
Sep 28, 2014
If there's one thing the ADK should be known for it is its plethora of technical off-vert climbs, and this cliff sports some of the best in the park. Get your feet ready, it's gonna be fun.
By Dom R
From: Saranac Lake, NY
May 2, 2015
Just to clear some things up about the approach,The road you are looking for is after the 15mph turn, on the left (if driving in from route 3), you can just barely see a pink gate blocking the road when you drive by. Park across the street from this. After the clearing spoken of here where you go 45 degrees right you're going to go uphill for a while and when you reach the height of land spoken of in the guidebook, there is a road that goes left and appears as though it goes straight to the cliff. Don't take this road! stay on the right side and walk on level/downhill land until you hit the trail on the left. I just stacked a cairn at the beginning of the trail today that should be very obvious to locate. From there take the faint herd path following scuffed rocks, the occasional cairn, and trampled trees to the base.