West Mountain Rock Climbing
West Mountain (a long ridge with many subsummits, including Hadley Mountain) has long been one of the most popular hiking destinations in the southern Adirondacks. Forming the western block of a larger complex labelled West Mountain on USGS topos, one sees several boulders and outcrops near the trail leading to the firetower, but there is a lot more hidden from view of hikers. Taller cliffs lie tucked away in several places.
To date, the only major development has taken place on the extreme southern end of the ridge, at a 30' to 90' tall cliff dubbed the Rods'n'Guns Wall. A few other prominent crags have seen minor action, most await serious exploration or development.
Roundtop, the northernmost extension on West Mountain, lies entirely on private property. Its extensive cliffs are not open to the public.
The only sane public access is the Hadley Mountain Trailhead, itself a difficult item to locate. Take Northway exit 21 and head south to Luzerne. When Lake Luzerne lies close to the road to the left (by the school), take a right, driving downhill and turning sharply left into town. Turn right and cross the Hudson River above Rockwell Falls, then continue another 1/10th mile and turn right onto Hadley-Stony Creek Road. Drive about five minutes and take a left onto Hadley Mtn. Road. Drive along until you see Tower Road and take a right. Tower Road is a rough, dirt road; drive it to the trailhead.
Climbing Season For the Southern Mountains area.
Weather station 14.1 miles from here
9 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]
Featured Route For West Mountain
Pump Action 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a NY
: ... : Rods'n'Guns Wall
Climb right-facing corner on the left of the alcove, and continue up the crack after the corner fades. Difficult moves from the corner's end to the ledge 20' higher. The crux is well-protected by small cams, but you will have to pull several difficult moves before reaching your next good gear; opening the opportunity for an envigorating fall. So far, everyone who has enjoyed this extra benefit (and there've been a few) has been unharmed....[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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