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Areas in CT Bouldering

100 Acre Wood 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Air Line State Park Trail 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Babcock Preserve 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Bald Rock Basin 0 / 0 / 4 / 209 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 209
Bennett's Pond State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Breadloaf Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Candlewood Mtn Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Case Mountain (Red Trail) 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Cornwall 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Deep River/Essex/Chester 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Exit 64 Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Foster Pond Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Glastonbury 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Groton Bluff Point 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Hoseye Coach Road 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Hubbard Park / East Peak 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Huntington State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Hurd Park 0 / 0 / 2 / 33 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 33
IRC 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Ironworks Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Joshua's Trust Land 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Judds Bridge Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Kettletown State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Killingworth 0 / 0 / 0 / 73 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 73
Lake Mohegan 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Lemon Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Mansfield Grove Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Menunkatuck Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Mianus Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Mystic Areas 0 / 0 / 0 / 103 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 103
Naugatuck State Forest 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Nehantic State Forest 0 / 0 / 0 / 29 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Nipmuck Trail/Yale-Myers Forest 0 / 0 / 2 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Paugussett State Forests 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Pickwick’s Preserve 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Pleasant Hill Preserve 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Pootatuck State Forest 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Preserve, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Quarry Park, Fair Haven Heights 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Samp Mortar / Mt. Laurel 0 / 0 / 0 / 34 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 34
Seven Falls Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Sleeping Giant 0 / 0 / 0 / 60 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 60
Stateline 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Stone House Commons 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Straits Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Suburbs Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Swan Hill (Higganum) 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Tree Tops, Bethel CT 0 / 0 / 0 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Webb Mountain Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Weigold Rocks 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
West Rock State Park 1 / 0 / 0 / 41 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 42
Westwoods (Cockaponset State Forest) 0 / 0 / 0 / 33 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 33
Will Warren's Den 0 / 0 / 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Woodbridge Land Trust, Park Lane 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Yale University Buildering 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
temp 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0

Description

While CT is not especially known for it's rock climbing (other then the fact that modern climbing basically started in this state), it's a known fact among locals that the state is littered with boulders, pretty much from corner to corner (maybe except the NE). From the Traprock basalt bouldering in the central part of the state, to the gorgeous fine grey gneiss boulders and caves in the Southeast, to the Western lands loaded with larger grained gniess, schist, and even some marble boulders, to the granite strewn coastline there's climbing on almost every type of rock imaginable (no limestone that I know of yet). If you can't find a bouldering area in your town or the one next to you, you probably just haven't looked hard enough!

A little tip to those who are in the business of hunting these great gifts... 12,000 years ago the glaciers flowed from the NW to the SE diagonally across CT. As a result of this event, and a good general rule, most all bouldering (except traprock) are located on steep South Eastern facing slopes above swamps or ponds. The other tip is that many of the boulders I've found have been along old fault lines... geeze how the hell does one figure that out you might ask?? Here ya go... this is the CT Geology Map for Google Earth! Neat stuff huh? Lastly, there's the online maps, and honestly Google Sucks for this, so next time you're looking to surf around and see if you can find some boulders flip over to Bing Maps and use the Bird's Eye feature. This will allow you to rotate the camera to look at hills from various angle, most notable is the SE aspect!

One last tidbit, since this IS Connecticut, it's likely the amazing new boulder you are scoping is likely on private property or somewhere where climbing is prohibited (think water company property). Maybe, maybe not? Do you really know for sure? If you've got a question about an area reach out to the Access Fund and ask for help! They can help with research and provide guidance on how best to handle any situations that you may come across.

So without further adieu, here's a choice selection of tasty legal bouldering in our fine little state!

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Classic Climbing Routes at CT Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
Fanciful Flight
Boulder
V2 5+
Orion
Boulder
V2-3 5+
The Only Dance There Is
Boulder
V3 6A
Slurp & Giggle
Boulder
V3 6A
New Speedway Boogie
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
Warm Welcome
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
Slap & Tickle
Boulder
V5 6C
Return Of The B-Boy
Boulder
V5 6C R
Vultures in Paradise
TR, Boulder
V6 7A
The Resolution
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
Frankenstein's Lab
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
Crimp line on Main Roof
Boulder
V8- 7B
The Surgeon
Boulder
V8+ 7B+
De Mak Mak
Boulder
V10 7C+
Flying Nimbus
Boulder
Fanciful Flight Bald Rock Basin > … > W Side > Colossus Boulder V1 5 Boulder
Orion Bald Rock Basin > … > W Side > Colossus Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
The Only Dance There Is Deep River/Essex/… > Canfield Woods, Book Hill V2-3 5+ Boulder
Slurp & Giggle Bald Rock Basin > … > E Side > El Duque Wall V3 6A Boulder
New Speedway Boogie Bald Rock Basin > … > W Side > King Boulder V3 6A Boulder
Warm Welcome Hurd Park > Welcome Boulders V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Slap & Tickle Bald Rock Basin > … > E Side > El Duque Wall V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Return Of The B-Boy Bald Rock Basin > … > W Side > King Boulder V5 6C Boulder
Vultures in Paradise Bald Rock Basin > … > W Side > Colossus Boulder V5 6C R TR, Boulder
The Resolution Killingworth > Fat Man's Squeeze V6 7A Boulder
Frankenstein's Lab Woodbridge Land T… > Frankenrock V6-7 7A+ Boulder
Crimp line on Main Roof Samp Mortar / Mt.… > Samp Mortar V6-7 7A+ Boulder
The Surgeon Mystic Areas > Stoddard Hill SP V8- 7B Boulder
De Mak Mak Killingworth > Fat Man's Squeeze V8+ 7B+ Boulder
Flying Nimbus Killingworth > Chatfield Weather Caves V10 7C+ Boulder
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