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If you've driven down the Kancamagus, chances are you have seen Rainbow Slabs. The 200 feet of southeast-facing, water-streaked granite offer moderate but extremely run-out friction climbing.

Getting There 

The approach to the slabs definitely adds to the adventure of climbing here. Drive east on the Kancamagus, until you reach the Lower Falls parking area. If the Swift River is low enough, you can park at a pullout (marked by a break in the guard rail) just west of the Lower Falls lot. Ford the river and cut into the woods to find the Nanamocomuck ski trail. Walk east on the trail until you find a small wooden sign with mileages marked on it. From here, turn north into the woods, following a trail that leads through to the base of the slabs.

If the river is too high, you can park at the Albany covered bridge and walk along the Nanamocomuck trail to the afore-mentioned point.

Understand that past the Nanamocomuck trail, the way may or may not be well-marked, and that getting lost is a possibility!

5 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rainbow Slabs:
Face Dances    5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 200'   The Mid Section
Perfect Wave   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   The Perfect Wave
Take A Giant Step   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   The Perfect Wave
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Pillars of Dickulese - The "Pillars" are just above and to the right of the pine tree. Bolt#1 is about 15 ft off the ground, Bolt #2 is just above the top of the "pillar" and is not visible.

Pillars of Dickulese 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13  NH : Kancamagus Crags : ... : Left Side
P1 - Climb past to bolt to the far end of the large tree ledge (optional belay). Climb the steep, but featured "pillars" to a 2nd bolt, past this ( crux, seemed harder than 5.6 to me!) Then to a flake and trend right [Alt] to a double bolt anchor. 130 ft P2 - Climb past one bolt and up clean rock to the moss and the overlap; climb through the overlap at a crack / flare. Placing a cam here reduces the quality of the handhold, but be careful as I think it's MUCH harder than the 5.3 give...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By Russ Keane
Jul 3, 2014

Holy moley, this is IMPOSSIBLE to find. We walked all over the place, in circles, all day, and never found it. How can that be? It was frustrating.

By john strand
From: southern colo
Jul 4, 2014

Did you start at Albany covered Bridge or cross the river ??

By Russ Keane
Jul 15, 2014

The river was too high to cross, so we parked at the Albany Bridge. I have the new Handren guide, and felt pretty comfortable that I followed all the directions: Find the intersection with the logging road, walk up a stream, etc). It was just so hard to see anything through the trees. We were very very close, I am sure. In fact we ended up finding one portion of the long crag up there, but I am not sure where it was.

Truly an elusive cliff.