Elevation: 40 ft
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Shared By: Euan Cameron on Oct 16, 2007 with improvements by Gaz Leah
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Description

Central park is a jewel within New York City, and although not a primary destination for climbers, scattered throughout its 843 acres are a series of small outcrops, that present the boulderer with an opportunity for some outdoor exercise.

Central Park is bordered on the north by West 110th Street, on the west by Central Park West, on the south by West 59th Street, and on the east by Fifth Avenue.

Getting There

There are lots of buses and subway lines that you can use. Check out the details for the individual areas for specifics.

Guidebooks

There is a comprehensive guidebook available from Sharp End Books titled NYC Bouldering which covers everything in Manhattan.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Central Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0+ 4+
 19
Cat Arete
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 14
Rat Rock Traverse
Boulder
V0-1 4+
 35
The flake
Boulder
V1 5
 6
Sideways Drifter
Boulder
V2- 5+
 7
The Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 13
The Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 9
Voodoo Bullshit/Bring the Noise
Boulder
V2 5+
 8
The Fridge
Boulder
V2 5+
 5
Death By Dizzy
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 6
Mean Green
Boulder
V5 6C
 19
The Polish Traverse
Boulder
V6 7A
 8
A.D.D.
Boulder
V6 7A
 6
A.D.H.D
Boulder
V6 7A
 3
Family Values
Boulder
V6 7A
 3
Recliner
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cat Arete Cat Rock
 19
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Rat Rock Traverse Rat Rock
 14
V0+ 4+ Boulder
The flake Rat Rock
 35
V0-1 4+ Boulder
Sideways Drifter Worthless Boulder
 6
V1 5 Boulder
The Arete Cat Rock
 7
V2- 5+ Boulder
The Arete Worthless Boulder
 13
V2 5+ Boulder
Voodoo Bullshit/Bring the N… Worthless Boulder
 9
V2 5+ Boulder
The Fridge Westside Outcrops
 8
V2 5+ Boulder
Death By Dizzy Rat Rock
 5
V2 5+ Boulder
Mean Green Worthless Boulder
 6
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
The Polish Traverse Rat Rock
 19
V5 6C Boulder
A.D.D. Worthless Boulder
 8
V6 7A Boulder
A.D.H.D Worthless Boulder
 6
V6 7A Boulder
Family Values Worthless Boulder
 3
V6 7A Boulder
Recliner Westside Outcrops
 3
V6 7A Boulder
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Ken H
Granite, UT
Ken H   Granite, UT
Checkout beta-boy.com/nycboulderingg… for more info and pictures of route lines. Jun 29, 2011
Spider Savage
Los Angeles, ID
Spider Savage   Los Angeles, ID
The rock in Central Park is a very nice gneiss. If you are visiting NYC Central Park is a great place to hike and boulder. Wear a good pair of sticky rubber approach shoes while walking Central Park and take advantage of many small 2-3 move bolder problems all over the park. Oct 15, 2012
Nicolas Falacci
Pasadena, CA
Nicolas Falacci   Pasadena, CA
Hey, just popping in to say that I have been slowly updating finishing the online version of this guide -- started back in 1988. I'm also updating and including new photos. Still not entirely finished, but what is there is there.

My intention is to complete the guide with the areas it originally covered (Central Park, Ft Tryon, Inwood, Riverside Park) ... and leave the rest to Gaz Leah's great new guide that does a excellent job documenting all the newer areas that've been developed.

I guess my only excuse for not finishing it entirely yet is ... this is my hobby and IT'S FREE! :)

If you're tired of the super tweaky stuff on the mica schist that rips your skin off ... try some of the updated easy problems on Chess Rock.



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Oct 8, 2015
Miceal  
Ashima Shiraishi and Daniel Woods climbing The Polish Traverse at Rat Rock in Central Park. youtube.com/watch?v=JQa_Yxd… Nov 26, 2017
Gaz Leah
Denver, CO
Gaz Leah   Denver, CO
There is a comprehensive guide to the park published by Sharp End Books which covers 99% of everything in Manhattan including history, geology and more. stores.sharpendbooks.com/ne… Jan 22, 2019