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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
Burr Pond State Park boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Case Mountain (Red Trail) 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Colebrook wilderness boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Cornwall 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Deep River/Essex/Chester 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Dreamlake Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
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 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
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 / 31 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 31
IRC 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Ironworks Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Joshua's Trust Land 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Kettletown State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Killingworth 0 / 0 / 0 / 76 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 76
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 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Mashamoquet Brook State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
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
Natchaug State Forest 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Naugatuck State Forest 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
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 / 23 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23
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 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Quarry Park, Fair Haven Heights 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Quinnipiac University 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Samp Mortar / Mt. Laurel 0 / 0 / 0 / 35 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
Seven Falls Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 19 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Sleeping Giant 0 / 0 / 0 / 67 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 67
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 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
West Rock State Park 3 / 0 / 0 / 83 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 86
Westwoods (Cockaponset State Forest) 0 / 0 / 0 / 47 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 47
Will Warren's Den 0 / 0 / 0 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Woodbridge Land Trust, Park Lane 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Yale University Buildering 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
temp 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Elevation: 434 ft
GPS: 41.364, -72.564 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jim O'Brien on Feb 17, 2009 with updates from Daniel Blanchette
Admins: Morgan Patterson
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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.
V0 4
 4
High Five
Boulder
V1 5
 5
Fanciful Flight
Boulder
V2 5+
 3
Orion
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 5
The Only Dance There Is
Boulder
V3 6A
 3
Slurp & Giggle
Boulder
V3 6A
 11
New Speedway Boogie
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 3
Warm Welcome
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 3
Brush the Tooth
Boulder
V5 6C
 7
Return Of The B-Boy
Boulder
V5 6C R
 3
Vultures in Paradise
TR, Boulder
V6 7A
 5
The Resolution
Boulder
V6 7A
 6
Feel the Bern
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
 3
Crimp line on Main Roof
Boulder
V7 7A+
 7
Frankenstein's Lab
Boulder
V8+ 7B+
 3
De Mak Mak
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
High Five Bald Rock Basin > … > W Side > Colossus Boulder
 4
V0 4 Boulder
Fanciful Flight Bald Rock Basin > … > W Side > Colossus Boulder
 5
V1 5 Boulder
Orion Bald Rock Basin > … > W Side > Colossus Boulder
 3
V2 5+ Boulder
The Only Dance There Is Deep River/Esse… > Canfield Woods, Book…
 5
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Slurp & Giggle Bald Rock Basin > … > E Side > El Duque Wall
 3
V3 6A Boulder
New Speedway Boogie Bald Rock Basin > … > W Side > King Boulder
 11
V3 6A Boulder
Warm Welcome Hurd Park > Welcome Boulders
 3
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Brush the Tooth Hurd Park > Molar Rock
 3
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Return Of The B-Boy Bald Rock Basin > … > W Side > King Boulder
 7
V5 6C Boulder
Vultures in Paradise Bald Rock Basin > … > W Side > Colossus Boulder
 3
V5 6C R TR, Boulder
The Resolution Killingworth > Fat Man's Squeeze
 5
V6 7A Boulder
Feel the Bern Naugatuck State… > Clinton Rd Boulder
 6
V6 7A Boulder
Crimp line on Main Roof Samp Mortar / M… > Samp Mortar
 3
V6-7 7A+ Boulder
Frankenstein's Lab Woodbridge Land… > Frankenrock
 7
V7 7A+ Boulder
De Mak Mak Killingworth > Fat Man's Squeeze
 3
V8+ 7B+ Boulder
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Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO
Has anybody ever checked out the boulders in this area this Barkhamsted? Randomly came across this on another website. If the rock is good quality, it seems worth checking out. Anyhow, just wanted to share.

barkhamsted.us/sites/barkha… May 9, 2018
Hi Christian, that area is very solid, but sharp schist. It's worth checking out. Jun 5, 2018
Nathan Hackmeister
Colebrook, CT
Nathan Hackmeister   Colebrook, CT
The USGS geology map in the link above doesn’t present well on iPhone- this link should work better, ithas a geospatial mapping tool that overlays with open street maps and doesn’t require inputting data into google earth:

mrdata.usgs.gov/geology/sta… Jul 16, 2018

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