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Areas in Hammond Pond

Alcove Area 2 / 0 / 2 / 32 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 32
Contrived Face 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Other Walls and Crags 9 / 0 / 71 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 79
Temple Area 0 / 0 / 5 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 31
Elevation: 20 ft
GPS: 42.323, -71.173 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Jan 13, 2007 with updates
Admins: Joe M., Old Timer


This is an interesting collection of craglets of puddingstone rock (dark conglomerate) that lie WSW of Boston, near the Chestnut Hill shopping center. Climbing here dates back to the early 1900s. There are about 14 crags here. The 2 northernmost lie on private property are probably should not be listed unless ownership changes. The rest seem to be on what was once Metropolitan District Commission property and now is part of the Department of Conservation and Preservation. Some excellent bouldering lies here at the Alcove.

In the old days, folks bouldered here without pads. As a result, at least one well-known climber wound up with a broken back. Watch the landings if you are ropeless.

Ah yes, this is not a destination area, it's for locals.

Getting There

Drive West on Route 9 to Hammond Pond Parkway. Go north. 7 of the 14 crags lie east between Hammond Pond Parkway and Hammond Pond. 5 of the 14 crags lie SW of the intersection of Beacon St & Hammond Pond Parkway. 2 of the 14 crags lie just north of the temple along Hammond Pond Parkway. Do not park at the temple!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hammond Pond

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V-easy 3
V1 5
Slippery Crimps
V2 5+
Crackerjack Dyno
V3 6A
Hammond Eggs
V3 6A
Reefer Madness
V3-4 6A+
Hermit's Cave
V4 6B
Stoned Highway
V4 6B
Corgi Magic
V6 7A
Beached Whale
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
The Cleft
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Cracker Jack
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hidden Magic
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V1 5
Trad, TR, Boulder
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V2-3 5+ PG13
Breakfast of Champions
Trad, TR, Boulder
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C
Hepatitis (originally submitted & pre…
TR, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Scrambled Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
V-easy 3 Boulder
Slippery Crimps Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
V1 5 Boulder
Crackerjack Dyno Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
V2 5+ Boulder
Hammond Eggs Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
V3 6A Boulder
Reefer Madness Temple Area > Temple Overhangs
V3 6A Boulder
Hermit's Cave Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Stoned Highway Alcove Area > Alcove Entrance Boulder
V4 6B Boulder
Corgi Magic Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
V4 6B Boulder
Beached Whale Alcove Area > Beached Whale Boulder
V6 7A Boulder
The Cleft Other Walls and C… > Lower Walls
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Cracker Jack Other Walls and C… > Lower Walls
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Hidden Magic Other Walls and C… > Lower Walls
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Kellogg's Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V1 5 Trad, TR, Boulder
Breakfast of Champions Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V2-3 5+ PG13 Trad, TR, Boulder
Hepatitis (originally submi… Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C TR, Boulder
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Tim McGivern
Medford, ma
Tim McGivern   Medford, ma
Here is a general rule about climbing at Hammond Pond: if it is easier than V10 (even if it is a variation), it was climbed 20+years ago, probably as a warm-up. I'm seeing problems getting logged here as FAs which is just plain silly. Apr 12, 2017
Tim McGivern
Medford, ma
Tim McGivern   Medford, ma
There is tons of bouldering just north of Boston. 10 mins to the Fells, 20 mins to Peabody/Lynn. 40 mins to Cape Ann. Jul 17, 2016
A lot of fun. Puddingstone is some cool rock, that's for sure. Great for if you live in Boston but don't want to make the trek to Lincoln Woods, Pway, or Rumney. Jul 14, 2016
Arthur Torrey
North Billerica MA
Arthur Torrey   North Billerica MA
VERY nice area for an 'urban park' - Lower Wall where I climbed in late May was generally clean, minimal trash, no significant graffiti, etc....

There are lots of trees, so plenty of shade and a pretty view of the lake. Major contrast with Quincy Quarry that is a total cess-pit.... I have no interest in ever going back to QQ, while this area I look forward to visiting again.

As a wheelchair using adaptive climber, the access was terrific, just a short distance down a relatively smooth and solid path and up a moderately steep slope to the base of the crag. I needed a bit of extra push to get my power chair up the slope and had to dodge around some of the rock outcroppings because of low ground clearance but was able to drive the chair right to the base of the crag and launch from the power-chair.... Compared to the Gunks' Trapps area, the Trapps had the better climb, but Hammond was easier for access!

I would say that it isn't worth a long drive to get to the area, but if you live in the Metro-Boston area and want a local outdoor climbing spot, this is a great area.... Jun 16, 2016
I heard The Alcove and other walls in the main area were tagged with graffiti - just bought a can of spray paint remover and will head over there sometime next week to clean up the mess - if anyone else wants to help it would be appreciated and we can setup a time after work.... Mar 10, 2016
Ryan Malloy
Worcester, MA
Ryan Malloy   Worcester, MA
Some stuff that was found in 2014/2015:… May 2, 2015
Hey everyone,

I am going to check out this area. Are there are open projects?

Nick Nov 9, 2014
Old Timer
North Andover MA
Old Timer   North Andover MA  
Hi Benjamin,
That sounds good..... just "add an area" under Hammond Pond and you should be all set.

Old Timer May 8, 2013
B-Mkll Mackall
Bozeman, MT
B-Mkll Mackall   Bozeman, MT
Unless someone else wants to do it, would anyone object to me creating a separate area for the Cave and surrounding problems just N of Pusherman wall? Got the send out of the cave with a friend the other day and I feel it is a quality enough problem (3-4 stars, V4-V5) to deserve a writeup. May 8, 2013
Not sure if this is the appropriate place to post, but I left my glasses at the Lower Walls or Vittles Wall on Weds, August 8. If anyone finds them, please notify me. The frames are black with blue on the inside. Thank you so much!

Colleen Aug 10, 2012
This map made it very easy to see that the routes were close to Macy's. I am from NH and have looked once in the area. Today I found the alcove. Very good place to climb. Fun but had to retreat without the pad. Very interested rock. Unlike the cliffs of Cathedral and surrounding NH cliffs. Nov 2, 2010
North Bend, OR
cstorms   North Bend, OR
Staal, this map is great! Thank you for throwing this together....

People always say not to park in the temple parking lot for the Pusherman Wall, can anyone tell me where I should park to get to those boulders??? Thanks for any help. Sep 13, 2010
Hi all,
Google maps now allows the creation of custom maps with markers/text and lines. I used this to create a map of some of the Hammond Pond bouldering spots:…

Staal Apr 18, 2007

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