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Mountain Laurel

Connecticut > CT Bouldering > Samp Mortar / Mt Laurel


Located in one of Faifields many OPEN SPACE parks off of mountain laurel rd. This is strickly a bouldering area. It has a lot of tree cover so it takes a while to dry out after the rain. It's never crowded, in fact I don't think I've ever seen anyone there before...

Getting There

From I-95:

Get off the Black Rock tpk. exit (rt. 58)
Take Black rock turnpike North through the business district and take a left on to Sam mortar rd.
  • *At the first stop sign continue straight on to brookside rd.
At the next stop sign take a right on to Mountain Laurel rd.
Drive slowly through the neighborhood due to a lot of families with young kids.
About a half mile on the left is the entrance to the park and a large dark wooded sign.

Take the first path on the right. The path will go up hill with random steps put in by the town. The path will curve to the left and a drop off on the right. Start looking for a path that will take you down to the base on your right.

From the Merrit PKWY:

Get off exit 44 (rt. 58)
Take Rt. 58 (black rock turnpike) south to Sam Motar rd. (approx. the second stop light)
Take a right on Sam Motar rd.
Continue to follow the directions from here.**

If you have any other questions or need a quick tour drop me a line.

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Black and White
[Hide Photo] Black and White
Black and White
[Hide Photo] Black and White
You can see some chalk at the start of one of the problems.
[Hide Photo] You can see some chalk at the start of one of the problems.
This is a slab off to left of the main area.
[Hide Photo] This is a slab off to left of the main area.
Here are some pics. I took them right before dark(not perfect), and my girlfriend is in some for perspective.
[Hide Photo] Here are some pics. I took them right before dark(not perfect), and my girlfriend is in some for perspective.

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Sean Thomes
New Windsor, NY
[Hide Comment] Attention all who are visiting this area:

Please pack out what you pack in plus bringing out a little extra. It doesn't hurt or take much to keep the area clean. Also remember that this is in a residential area with a lot of families with kids. Please don't go tearing through the neighborhood. Dec 31, 2007
[Hide Comment] There are 2 places to climb here that I know about. The first is what i believe the directions take you which has some ok problems. (it is close to the road, and near the tall low angle cliffs that are against the road) 1 problem is really cool prolly v3 or 4ish on an overhanging blade with crimps on both sides all the way up. This area is a ridgeline with 3-4 outcrops with problems. The other bigger area has the awesome roof with 8 or so problems, some with starts waiting for a pro to send. It is about a 5 min hike from the enterance further down the road. behind the roof is a bigger boulder with a few ok lines with HB possibilities and cool climb coming out of a hole. behing that boulder is a chossed cliff maybe 40-60 ft dirty, not climbable slab. If looking at the cliff from the roof, there is one last area with really hard climbs back and to you left, sort of in the direction of the road. This area, (some local called it "the spot" or something to that effect) has a overhanging face with tiny sharp crimps and a painful shelf to land on if you blow a majority of the moves. Either be really strong or bring an army of pads and spotters. There are probably around 20 problems that I know of here on 5 different rocks in the 2 areas that I can think of off the top of my head. I wish I had some pictures from when I used to climb here I could post. May 26, 2009
[Hide Comment] CT Climbers description of this area is spot on.I went and checked it out today and is definitely a workable area.The only thing I have to add is that if you park your car and just walk down the road it is easier to find. Oct 29, 2009
[Hide Comment] The "black and white" photo is the "blade" i loved so much. Favorite climb there with fun moves on a sweet feature. The stuff at the roof is cool too. Aug 19, 2010
[Hide Comment] People have been climbing here for at least 2 decades and unfortunately there is little recorded history for the area despite being worked by climbers cranking V10 and greater. Oct 9, 2011