Description

Rarely if ever crowded, there is a fine collection of problems/routes here that for the most part don't get any attention as people walk by from Round Pond to Boulder Natural. As with the rest of the park, these boulders/crags are granite, and most of them are in the shade, with the exception of Lakeside Crag, which can be fully climbable in the middle of winter. There are a variety of highball boulder problems as well as lowballs, and a scattering of toprope/trad climbs on the cliffs ranging from easy 5.3 chimney/crack climbs to hard 5.13 face climbs.

Getting There

From the Horse Farm parking, just walk down towards Round Pond. The first massive boulder on the right before you hit the Pond is the Mir Boulder (aka Roadside Chimney Boulder). There is an info booth just to the right. From Round Pond parking, just cross the stream on the left and you'll see the boulders (Three Chimney Area aka Tin Can Alley) and Lakeside Crag.

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Mike Thompson
Manchester NH
Mike Thompson   Manchester NH
this is the place by round pond right? the place that has a problem right behind the entry sign and it starts in a little cave almost? Mar 14, 2008
BDalhaus
Bangor, ME
BDalhaus   Bangor, ME  
that's the place... if you stand in front of the sign and look up the hill, the monster boulder is the Summit Boulder Mar 25, 2008
Mike Thompson
Manchester NH
Mike Thompson   Manchester NH
and good cracks? Mar 25, 2008
matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
I think this area is in the need of better organization. The Hillside Boulders and Tin Can Alley seem like they could use their own section and sub divisions withing those.

The Hillside boulders should be broken down by rope climbs and boulder problems and Tin Can Alley should be broken up by the three areas inside that area.

This is just something I was noticing while looking up a few problems in this area. This is how the guidebook is broken down and i think it would be more conducive to searching for people not familair with the area. Sep 22, 2011
Eric Heiden
Derry, NH
Eric Heiden   Derry, NH
Is there any possibility of somebody drawing up a map to these problems, or even a sketch? Any photos of these problems with a little more context of where they are would be helpful as well.

I really would like to try some of these climbs but if you don't know where the trail to upper cliff is or know where Locomotive Breathe is it seems like a lot of these are hard to find. Specifically: Flower Child, Flower Power, Gums, Mayonnaise, Motherf***er, Snicker, Seeing Red, Welcome to the Fold, and Comrad. Oct 25, 2012