According to legend, the Iroquois Indians referred to the Algonquins as "adirondacks", or "barkeaters" because they were forced to live off of bark and buds during the long, harsh winters. It was supposed to be a low-blow to the supposed crude, and not-so useful hunting methods of the Algonquins.
Just uphill from the town of Keene off route 73 is a road named "Alstead Hill Road". There is an obvious sign right before the turn, so you won't miss it. Take this road past the Barkeater Inn and Cross-Country Ski Center, and continue all the way to the end of the road (the road will turns to a maintained dirt about midway down it). Park at the end of the road in the Rock and River parking lot.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Barkeater Cliff:
Good Dough 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Yakapodu 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Big Bertha 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Fun City 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
ASPCA 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Bachelors and Bowery Bums 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Mr. Clean 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Eat Yourself a Pie 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Overdog 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 150'
Lick It Up 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Finger It Out 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Fun Country 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 130'
Rule of the Bone 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Featured Route For The Barkeater Cliff
Mr. Clean 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c NY : Adirondacks : ... : The Barkeater Cliff
What a way to be greeted by this cliff. Mr. Clean is the clean right-facing dihedral that marks the top of the climbers trail to the cliff, and it is a great way to get the day started, finish off the day, or try your hand and placing gear if you are eager to break into the grade. This route is as obvious as they come--climb the corner through a semi-technical stemming section about midway up the corner. Get a great rest on phenomenally featured rock at about 3/4 of the way, and finish up by ...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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