Grizzly Cliff Rock Climbing
|GPS:||42.036, -73.437 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Matt Shove on Apr 29, 2009|
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DescriptionLocated on the East shoulder of Bear Mountain. Very sunny, faces south east. 230 foot crag, mostly lower angle slab. Rock type is similar to rumney like schist. This area is very secluded, in fact there is no obvious trail into the base. Make no mistake, this crag is in the deep woods, we almost got carried away by the black flies. You'll need a map and compass, and the skills to use them to get in and out of the Grizzly Cliff.
You may encounter wildlife that the Dept. of Environmental Protection denies exists. We almost called this the Cougar Crag. Nothing burries a deer half in the ground but big cats.
History: I have talked to some folks about climbing here. Bill "Sully" Sullivan, Don Pelletier, Bob Blake, and Randy Noble have explored here. Mike Cox and I were pleasently surprised at what we found. It was a fun diversion, but it's not nearly as classic as central Connecticut's traprock.
Getting ThereNew: Best way to this is to take the trail from the partking lot on Rte 41, until it begins to trend back south and then strike out northwest. You may see some cairns and/or red blazes, but these may bring you quite close to the backs of some private homes. On the other hand, if you aim closer in to the steeping side of the mountain, you will hit some yellow blazes and AT boundary markers. Contour north and follow the second drainage up and into the big gully. The start of the climbs is well up-slope and it is easy to go too far. - Roger McKee
Old: Take Undermountain Trail until you see a sign that says "Paradise Group Area" to the right. Take this right and in .3 miles you hit a group camp site. Follow the signs for the water source, cross the little stream and head north along the ridge (you can tell you're kind of on the edge of this plateau). Eventually you'll hit the top of the crag to your right. To get to the base/gully routes scramble down the gully.
I'd suggest just whacking back to the AT from the bottom.
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