Areas in Beach Pond
|GPS:||41.574, -71.785 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Dana Seaton on Sep 14, 2010|
|Admins:||M Sprague, Joe M.|
DescriptionA beautiful state park surrounding a large pond straddling the border of RI and CT, with a nice beginner top rope crag, bouldering ledges and a handful of eggs. The main ledge is at the southern end of the pond along with some of the bouldering, but there is also a decent bouldering area on the north side near the boat ramp and some excellent new finds to the east on the south side. Access is usually 5-15 minutes hike from the car, though some of the newer finds in the southern spots may take 30+ minutes to hike to. The rock is granitic gneiss (I think), of good texture with occasional quartz bands and large crystals.
Getting ThereHead west on RI 165/Ten Rod Rd to the CT boarder. For the top rope crags, Deadwood and other southern areas near the pond park at the smaller lot on the southern side of the road just before you drive over the pond(41.5738, -71.7854), across from the main beach lot (not maintained well so careful if in a low clearance vehicle), or alternatively at the previous gated dirt road back east away from the pond a little bit (this will take you by a couple more bouldering ledges and the trails from either spot join further in).
For some of the new areas further south from the pond, the signed Roscoe M. Dexter entrance a little further east on 165 will get you closer via the white blazed Deep Pond Tr. If you have decent ground clearance and driving skill you can usually drive in part way and save yourself ten minutes of hiking. See further clarification in the individual areas
Park at the northern boat launch for the North Shore (See directions under that section).
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