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Shared 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....

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. Climbing started at this crag in the '70s but took off with bolted lines in the early '90s. The crags within the Wild River Area are filled with proud lines, incredible aretes, amazing faces, and awesome corners. Many very beautiful lines can be scored in this area.

This area is comprised of Wild River Crag, Laughing Lion Crag, and The Shell Pond Crags. The latter two being actually located just across the border in Maine.

Wild River is the main event of this area and most folks that make the trek up here spend their time pulling hard on its 140ft granite splendor, to be more thoroughly described on its own page.

The latter two crags are less climbed on and therefore much more overgrown and covered in lichen (edit - not any more!). I have no personal experience with the climbing at these two crags, so if anyone would like to contribute, please do!

Many of the bolted lines are long and require many draws and a 60m rope to get back to the ground. The trad lines require a full rack and then some.

Getting There

Find your way to Freyburg, ME.

From Freyburg, 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 trailhead.

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shell pond is really overlooked, there are some good ice routes there in the winter too, at one point there was a article in "Climbing" that talked about "the secret crags of maine" and it listed a topo..... Sep 16, 2007
Seattle, WA
Annaconda   Seattle, WA
Shell Pond is a pretty neat set of crags - a few one-pitch slabs and a huge bluff 200 feet high of orange rock and overhangs. It's pretty awesome and showed few signs of development. To get there: Drive up Rt 113, weaving across the NH-ME border, until about 1/2 mile before the AMC's Cold River Campground. Turn left onto Stone House Road, cross a bridge and bear right. Drive until you see a green road gate and park on the right (in early spring you won't make it very far after the bridge due to snow). Follow a jeep track for about 20 minutes, crossing a beautiful open airfield, and from the end of the airfield follow the Shell Pond Trail through an orchard and over a brook. From here you can see the crags on the right through the trees. Alternatively, turn a few miles before the Cold River Campground onto Deer Hill Rd. (closed in winter) and follow that for about five miels, looking for Shell Pond Trail and the crags up on the side of Rattlesnake mountain on your left. Bushwhack up to them and see what you can find! No idea about routes, first ascentionists, or anything like that. Please add if you know em! May 7, 2009
anna, i believe randy rackliff had put some of the routes on the lower tier. Dec 29, 2009
Jonathan Steitzer
West Lebanon, NH
Jonathan Steitzer   West Lebanon, NH  
Hey Y'all. I've created a shell pond area in Maine for that awesome crag. If you have any info on the place please throw it up on the shell pond page, before it all gets lost to the obscurity of time. Thanks! Sep 16, 2011
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Bayard Russel has a good topo of Laughing Lion in his blog cathedralmountainguides.com… Mar 10, 2016