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Submitted By: Ladd on Jun 5, 2007

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The name of this crag does a pretty good job at hinting to what you'll find here.... 140ft+ of beautiful granite in a wonderful wilderness setting, filled with proud lines; incredible aretes, amazing faces, and awesome corners.

Wild River Crag can be found Northeast of the Presidentials and North Conway. The only road to this crag is closed when snow makes it impassable and therefore climbing here is a summer/fall affair. East exposure makes for enjoyable morning climbing in the fall and a chilly afternoon. Get to the crag early to avoid the very cold temp later on in the climbing season. In the Summer the eastern exposure is perfect for those hot humid days.

Climbing started at this crag in the '70s then took off with bolted lines in the early '90s. The result is a variety of styles for anybody to enjoy. It has bolted lines, long trad pitches and absolutely no crowds! The lines range in difficulty from 5.10- to 5.13+. There are no easy warm-ups here as the easy stuff can be a bit run-out and very long and pumpy. Classics include: Wild Child (mixed, 5.11c), Blue By You (mixed, 2 pitches, 5.11a), Wild Life, and Big Red (sport, 5.11d).

I personally have seen (way too close up) a Timber Rattlesnake at the base of this crag. Beware.

Getting There 

From Freyburg, Maine, take ME Rt 113 to Hastings campground (about 25 miles) then go maybe a 1/4 mi. down the road to Wild River Road (FS12) and turn left, park at the trailhead. Hike SE on the Basin Trail past swampy areas and along a stream. Eventually you will see a huge 150ft cliff coming up through the trees to your right, go that way! Takes about 1hr if you are hiking along at a normal pace (2.5 mi/hr).

Climbing Season

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Weather station 12.0 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wild River:
Big Red   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 145'   
Wild Life   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
Get a Life   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Wild Thing   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
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Featured Route For Wild River
Chad coming out of the crux on P1

Wild Life 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a  NH : WM: Evans Notch : Wild River
The Classic for the grade.P1:Climb steep face holds up to a obvious horizontal break where you can find a weird rest for your fingers, but not your biceps(5.11a). Climb the crux of the route, an overhanging seam of broken rock with pin scars that supply interesting moves that will sap your finger strength like crazy(5.12a/b)! Keep climbing until you reach the anchor that is just short of the left facing corner.P2: Climb the left side of the breathtaking arete making scary moves and eventually en...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Jun 8, 2007
Climbing at Wild River is truly a memorable experience. The hike in is serene and beautiful, as you follow a stream and you are waaay back in there. The climbing is superb--steep and long. Plus, I'd say Wild River is New Hampshire's best summer cliff, since it gets a bunch of shade.
By burlap submariner
Jun 10, 2010
"one of the true backcountry experiences in NH"...ahhh....glad you think so.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Jun 12, 2010
Virtually roadside climbing !
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jun 2, 2011
What is the deal as far as new routing here? Is it "Wilderness", so no new fixed gear at all, or simply no motorised drills, but you can still use bolts if need be?
By Morgan Patterson
Oct 7, 2011
yes - Wild River Wilderness


Looks like you need permission to place fixed anchors


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