Elevation: 475 ft
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Shared By: Matt Swartz on Oct 17, 2009
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Access Issue: Public Access by Permit Only Details

Description

This is the East-facing crag located just South of the Resevoir (which is South-East of the town of Redding) by Newtown Turnpike. This is a wooded crag with routes in the 30-60ft length right near the road. The rock is good quality but does not see very much traffic and can be slightly dirty in some areas.

This area suffers from a poor selection of options for anchors at the top. Ideally someone would put in some bolts. The vegetation (small mountain laurel trees and shrubs) is sketchy at best for TR anchors and getting good gear is not easy. Until bolts are installed your best bet for setting up a toprope is lots of webbing or static line...like 40ft or so.

Getting There

From route 15/Merritt Parkway take the Westport/Weston exit and go North on Weston Road. This becomes Newtown Turnpike - follow this towards Redding. The crag will be on your left - look for it and park at one of the parking areas just before the reservoir.

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Morgan Patterson   CT  
The permit to access this land is available here:

Permit Link Jun 14, 2011
DavidM  
I was out there today for the first time. Its an awesome area to take beginners to. I've been to the nearby Great Wall and always had a great time but there aren't too many options their to beginner or even intermediate climbers. The approach is super easy (especially in comparison to the route finding from Rt. 53 to the great wall) and parking was bountiful.

There are a ton of great looking cracks and lots of routes that look good. I setup two top ropes on routes and they were both on really solid looking cracks and were a lot of fun. The description mentions problems fining suitable anchors but I didn't find that to be the case at all. I used two 20' lengths of webbing for one of the anchors and 20' lengths and a 35' length for the other.

One thing mentioned before is the Permit situation for this area but in fact that permit is good to have but keep a low profile. Explicitly stated on the permit is a ban of rock climbing. But if we keep a low profile and clean up after ourselves we'll be allowed to fly under the radar.

I'll try to throw up some more photos soon and maybe even start adding more routes as I discover them. There's a ton of possibility here and I hope to get back soon and explore some more. Jan 8, 2012
Morgan Patterson   CT  
I'm 99% sure that Aquarion does own the cliff after speaking with the Assessor in Weston. Town of Weston property starts roughly 300ft. from rt 53 which, I would think is exactly to the top of the cliff. There's no online GIS mapping so it could be very difficult to tell for sure without actually going to town hall.

Aquarion parking lots close at sunset so be sure to leave the cliff BEFORE sunset otherwise your presence will be an issue. Same goes for Great Ledge (both parking lots). May 11, 2012