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Pinnacle Rock

Connecticut > Central Valley


Whether you're just getting into the sport and this is your first time climbing outdoors or you're a seasoned veteran looking for your next project, Pinnacle is a great place for climbers of all grades. Pinnacle is home to classics such as Zambezi Hatchet Head, Emerald City and Entertainer. The routes vary from 50 - 80ft in height and consist of basalt rock (aka trap rock).

The cliff is located on commercial private property and climbing is not officially allowed however, climbers have been climbing here since the late 70's. Please carpool if possible because parking is minimal at best. Due to the short approach, locals tend to party at the crag leaving smashed beer bottles and garbage behind. Please help by taking a little extra garbage out on your visit. Any help is greatly appreciated by the RMF and all climbers alike. The RMF and others have been working for decades with the land owners on proper access so please be respectful of the property as well as adjacent land owners as they will be critical in any future deal that may materialize.

The areas from climber's left to right are:
1. Lone Pine
2. Emerald City Slab
3. A-Frame Wall
4. Dream Weaver Wall
5. Right Wing Wall
6. Entertainer Wall
7. Cracked Wall

There are access trails on the left and right side of the crag.

Getting There

From Waterbury: Take I-84 east to exit 34, Crooked Street. Make a left at the end of the ramp. Go to the end of the road, about .25 mile, and make a left at the light-Route 372. Go about .7 mile to a VW car dealership on the right corner. Make a right at the light onto Metacomet Road.

From Hartford: Take I-84 west to exit 33, Route 72. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto New Britain Ave. Go .2 mile, and make a left at the light (at VW car dealership) onto Metacomet Road.

Once on Metacomet Rd: Go about a mile until road turns sharp left and you see a pond on the left. The trailhead is on the right at the curve. Parking is a little farther up the road, but avoid the NO PARKING signs. Take the dirt jeep trail into the woods. After about 100 yards, turn right at the big cement blocks onto a climber's trail which leads to the base of the cliffs.

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View from the road
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Hangin out after the climb
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A view from the Top of Pinnacle Rock
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Casual Corner
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m Mobes
[Hide Comment] if you see some old dude setting up a solo TR who doesnt say hi when you do, stay away from him, he is a weirdo and will verbally assault you for climbing near him. I think he lives in the hood. Apr 22, 2008
[Hide Comment] hahaha... maybe throw him some disgruntled looks of your own while your at it and talk about old farts not being able to climb. Jun 5, 2012
Albuquerque, NM
[Hide Comment] Pinnacle Rock is a really nice little crag with a great diversity of climbing across grades (which are generally a grade soft IMO). First Crack (5.4) could be one of the best beginner leads anywhere ever, Zambezi Hatchet Head (5.8) and Second Crack (5.7) are great leads (each with a little spooky runout), and The Entertainer (5.10) and Tasmanian Devil (5.10+) are great harder top-ropes worth a few reps each. Notable for me (and my partner, who listened to me hoot and holler about it all day), truly bomber nut placements on most climbs are remarkably abundant -- better than anywhere else I've ever climbed. Jun 11, 2016