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Pootatuck State Forest

Pootatuck State Forest Rock Climbing 


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Location: 41.52263, -73.48665 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Morgan Patterson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Morgan Patterson on Dec 13, 2011
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BETA PHOTO: Pootatuck SF Map (Initial Findings)

Description 

Pootatuck State Forest is a Connecticut state forest located in the town of New Fairfield, Connecticut. After some tips from Wivanoff and some handy LiDAR maps, I've been able to locate at least one sector of boulders in the Forest. Located just above the pond below the steep slope, the north eastern section of the Fire Rd holds a nice sector of quality boulders. The rock composition is granitic gniess and very much resembles that of Bald Rock Basin's boulders. It appears as though there's been some cleaning of problems here... and quiet a few look very very difficult.

Trail Map PDF

Getting There 

Parking is available off Shortwoods Road and Pine Hill Road, as well as, via Squantz Pond State Park.

Climbing Season

For the CT Bouldering area.

Weather station 5.1 miles from here


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Rock Climbing Photo: Roof Crack
BETA PHOTO: Roof Crack
Rock Climbing Photo: Pootatuck State Forest LiDAR + Trails
Pootatuck State Forest LiDAR + Trails
Rock Climbing Photo: 12' Boulder along fire road
12' Boulder along fire road
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulder in gully at top of hill...
Boulder in gully at top of hill...
Rock Climbing Photo: Large Wall in Pootatuck
Large Wall in Pootatuck
Rock Climbing Photo: Ponan in Pootatuck
Ponan in Pootatuck
Rock Climbing Photo: Pootatuck State Forest (Feb. 2014)
Pootatuck State Forest (Feb. 2014)
Rock Climbing Photo: B Hanz under a gigantic roof w/ holds...
B Hanz under a gigantic roof w/ holds...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice overhanging corner (6' lip)
Nice overhanging corner (6' lip)
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulder down by the Pond
Boulder down by the Pond
Rock Climbing Photo: Stream Boulder 15'
Stream Boulder 15'
Rock Climbing Photo: 8' Boulder @ Pootatuck
8' Boulder @ Pootatuck
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben in Front of Large Boulder
Ben in Front of Large Boulder

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By T Roper
From: DC,VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
Jan 23, 2012
I have heard this area is super quality and has a bunch of hard stuff.
By wivanoff
Feb 20, 2014
Maybe not so much Squantz Pond as the Pootatuck State forest next to Squantz. Park at N 41 30.733' W 73 30.041' and follow trails/fire road. Map here: ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/statepark...

I don't do much bouldering but there are some huge boulders off the trails in here. You can probably mountain bike the fire roads.
By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Feb 20, 2014
Thanks for the tip... do you by chance have any beta on what trails/locations?
By wivanoff
Feb 20, 2014
"do you by chance have any beta on what trails/locations?"

No, Morgan, I''m sorry.

Refer to the pdf link: I had placed a geocache out by the cove at the New Fairfield/Sherman line. This was in 2007, so memory is a little hazy.

I parked at the coords listed above and hiked the fire road to west green trail, crossed Worden Brook and on to the cove. From the cove I hiked west to the top of the mountain in Sherman. Return trip was via the east green trail to blue trail and part of yellow trail to make the loop. My best guess is that the largest boulders I saw were along the blue trail and also that small trail out by Worden Brook. IIRC, the fire road/west green trail were pretty flat.

I remember thinking that I might come back with a rope because some of them were quite large. However, since I'm don't do much bouldering I didn't take any GPS shots while I was there. I regret that now.

I'm thinking that the lookout on the blue trail might be a good starting point.

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