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Administrators: Jim Lawyer, Chris Duca, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jim Lawyer on Jun 21, 2012
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There is presently no camping allowed at Silver Lake. There are some nearby campgrounds, though.

Description 

New York State recently acquired an easement for public recreation to this 17,000 acre area. Known by locals simply as "Silver Lake", this area comprises 14 or more cliffs on two mountains -- Silver Lake Mountain and Potter Mountain.

Full information for rock routes is here.

Ice climbing at Silver Lake is here.

Beware of the bugs! The insect population is more abundant here than most other areas of the park. Spring and fall are the best times to visit.

Getting There 

From Wilmington, take Bonnie View Road to its end, then left onto Silver Lake Road. Within 4 miles you'll see the cliffs on the right. Continue to the intersection with Turnpike Road, then to one of the trailheads:

Silver Lake Mountain Trailhead: From the intersection with Turnpike Road, go west on Silver Lake Road for 1.4 miles to the Silver Lake Mountain Trailhead. A DEC sign marks the parking area. About 0.2 miles before the trailhead is a logging road on the right; this is the parking and access for Mud Pond and C Chimney Cliff.

Turnpike Road Trailhead: Follow Turnpike Road for 1 mile to a gated logging road on the left.

Goodrich Mills Trailhead: Follow Turnpike Road to a hairpin turn, where the road changes name to Goodrich Mills Road. At 2.8 miles is a logging road on the left.

Climbing Season



Weather station 14.0 miles from here

18 Total Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',9],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Silver Lake:
Poker Face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 210'   Potter Mountain Cliff
Piece Out   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   Potter Mountain Cliff
Honeybadger   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Potter Mountain Cliff
Groovitational Pull   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 260'   Potter Mountain Cliff
Tears of Gaia   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   C Chimney Cliff
Where the Wild Things Are   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 330'   Potter Mountain Cliff
Positive Latitude   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 320'   Potter Mountain Cliff
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Featured Route For Silver Lake
Colin leading P1 of Positive Latitude.

Positive Latitude 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Potter Mountain Cliff
This full-length route has the best dimpled climbing in the Adirondacks.P1 5.10b G: Go up the corner to its top (5.7), then go straight up the vertical face. At the top, work right (crux) to a dimple-pulling finish. Once on a ledge, scramble up and left to a fixed anchor. 160'P2 5.9 PG: Go straight up to a flake, then right to a right-facing edge. Continue straight up black, dimpled awesomeness until you can runout up and right across the "triple R-K" (right rising ribbon of knobs). Mantel into ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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By Oakcy
Jul 18, 2012
CONDITION REPORT 
There seem to be loose nuts on the hangers that could not be hand tightened on once in a lifetime at potter.
By Jim Lawyer
Administrator
Jul 19, 2012
Oakcy: I've noticed this on other routes as well. Next time I go, I'll take a lightweight wrench and snug any that I find. (Perhaps others can do this too.) The fixed hardware is new and may take a while to seat properly.