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
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Featured Route For West Mountain
Garand Arete 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
: ... : Rods'n'Guns Wall
Bouldery moves off the ground lead to a bolt and then a horizontal crack. Traverse the crack onto the arete and move up via right sidepulls and left fantasy-friction grips, past another bolt to a notch breaking an overhang. Step right into the notch or layback the thing up its left side (notch offers gear but is awkward, layback is uberscary but easier). Continue up the crack system to security at the oak tree of your choice.Incredibly sequency, pumpy, and exposed....[more] Browse More Classics in NY