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Bear Bones T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Dikes To Watch Out For T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R
Grin and Bear It T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Path of Totality T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Uninvited, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

Description

A good sized cliff with a lot mystery. South facing with some awesome rock and some rockfall areas.Easily seen from tha Kanc but a little hard to get to.I have yet to even FIND some climbs! The described routes are easy to find though.

Getting There

Just west from Rainbow/Crack In The Woods on the north side of the river. Park at a Forest Service road and cross the river (grade 2-3). Straight in and up a steep hill to big boulders- the cliff is another 10 minutes.

mmm? The best "straight in" approach to Bear Mt is actually a fair distance West of the "Webster"-river-crossing for Crack-in-the-Woods and Rainbow.

I'd think a better approach is to park at the Upper Falls ("Rocky Gorge") parking, cross the river on the footbridge, and follow the "tourist" trail up and around right (past the South end of the pond) and pick up the Nam-----cook Ski/Bike trail. Follow this South/East a short distance until it splits, take the left fork for the "upper path". Up an easy grade, then the trail swings right (careful not to follow an old logging road which goes "straight" here) and levels off. Watch for a 20 ft high boulder on the left, then another 15-20 foot-er on the right [photo]; leave the trail at the 2nd boulder with a 90-degree left-hand turn and bushwhack to the cliff. (Somewhere I have the exact compass bearing and will add it to this description.) If the trail starts to descend fairly consistently, you've past the boulder(s).
Also, if you are lucky, when you get close to the cliff you may "hit" a monstrous boulder with a fabulous roof crack.
As for actually finding the climbs...I have to agree with John, the base is a not-seen-from-the-road jumble of steep slopes with years of leaves, sometimes wet and mossy slab and generally quite an "adventure". R Hall

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To add to the above approach description from Rocky Gorge:

Hike the Nanamocomuck Ski Trail for 0.5 miles to a well-marked junction just uphill from a bridge. Turn left onto the Wenunchus Ski Trail and follow for approximately 5 minutes (after a couple of minutes, the ski trail turns to the remnants of a skidder trail from the logging operation) until you see the boulders.

At the moment, there is a rough trail that is generally easy to follow from the ski trail to the base of the cliff, but who knows how long that will last. Aug 29, 2017

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