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Elevation: 373 ft
GPS: 43.03907, -74.84845
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Moss Island is the most popular crag at Little Falls, and a good place to spend a day toproping or to bring new climbers to. The main cliff band is on the southern edge of the island and faces south, making it very hot on sunny summer days. The northern side of the island features several boulder problems, which stay much cooler in the summer. It is often called an "outdoor climbing gym."

I have yet to hear a definitive determination of the rock type at Moss Island. Some say it is gneiss; some say it is black granite. Regardless, Moss Island was victim to severe grafitti in years past, and while the paint is slowly wearing off, some still remains. The un-painted areas offer decent friction properties and a range of small edges and rounded slopers. The angle of the walls is quite varied, with several slabs, vertical walls, and steep overhangs.

Leading: Only a handful of routes accept good gear for leading. The rock is generally very solid, and holds gear well. Other than top anchors, not there are no protection bolts on Moss Island.

Toproping: Many of the routes have top bolts for anchors on Moss Island.  You'll need long webbing to set up climbs since many of the bolts are at least 1'-4' back from the edge. Access to the top is easily gained at either end of the cliff, or via one of the many 3rd class ascent/descent routes along the wall.

Routes range from 5.0 to 5.12c, with everything in between. That said, sandbagging is a bit of a tradition here. Every inch of this wall has been climbed at some point or another, don't even think about a first ascent. The now out-of-print guidebook lists around 100 named routes; some good, some bad, some incredibly contrived. A new digital guidebook written by Gary Thomann details 81 routes with full-color zoom-able photos/lines and GPS-enabled maps, and is available in the Gunks+ app. Good and popular routes of various grades include:

Jeff Loves Eileen (5.4)

The Thinker (5.7)

Older but Weissner (5.8)

Sno-White (5.8)

The Dreamer (5.9)

Curbar Edge (5.9)

Triple Overhang (5.10a)

Fool's Overture (5.10a)

Fred P. Jones (5.10+)

Spiderman (5.11d)

One Over The Hill (5.12c)

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Follow Route 169 from the NY State Thruway until you reach the large bridge spanning the river (Theodore S. Wind bridge). Just before the bridge, there is a very small road on the left with a small sign. Slow down more than you think, as there's a blind but avoidable hole that your car's suspension won't enjoy! Park in the lot under the bridge and walk up the road to the lock. Walk across the lock and followed the paved road next to the river to the cliffs.

Make sure not to park under one of the downspouts from the bridge. If it rains, your car will get thoroughly blasted.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Moss Island

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 34
Goat Crack
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 50
Jeff Loves Eileen
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 13
Climbski
TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 27
Tumbleweed
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 24
The Thinker
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
Black Beauty
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 12
Older but Weissner
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 20
Sno-White
TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Beer Crack
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 14
Super Sonic Flake
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 13
Fool's Overture
TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 16
The Dreamer
TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
Baseball
TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 16
Fred P. Jones
TR
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 4
One Over The Hill
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Goat Crack
 34
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Jeff Loves Eileen
 50
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Climbski
 13
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a TR
Tumbleweed
 27
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
The Thinker
 24
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Black Beauty
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Older but Weissner
 12
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Sno-White
 20
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Beer Crack
 18
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Super Sonic Flake
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Fool's Overture
 13
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
The Dreamer
 16
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR
Baseball
 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR
Fred P. Jones
 16
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
One Over The Hill
 4
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, TR
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