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Elevation: 301 ft
GPS: 41.617, -71.766 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Dana Seaton on Sep 20, 2010
Admins: M Sprague, Joe M.

Description

Good sized bloc of varying heights and amazing rock quality; beautiful slopers, incut flakes and perfect texture. Originally found by Dana Seaton and Mike Galoob in 1999 after getting lost in the woods. Problems range from v1 to v11. Note - this is a superb boulder so has gotten some attention by exuberant groups. Though it may seem you are way out in the woods by yourself due to the long indirect approach, you are actually well within earshot of a residence. Please keep your noise level to a minimum and leave the boulder cleaned of tickmarks. If you do your part to rake the leaves off the top it will help for a dry visit the next time too. This boulder is on DEM land, but a private property border is just up the trail. (see comments below)

This boulder is best visited during the prime cool dry season, as it can get very buggy and jungle like feeling in the heat of Summer

Getting There

Drive west on Rt 165 past Mt. Tom and take a right on to Escoheag Hill Rd. (turns into Hazard Rd.) Drive approximately 3 miles, passing Stepping stone Ranch and the Rod and Gun Club. At the bottom of a hill park at the large dirt pull off with a gate on the right. Follow a dirt track across the open space, that believe it or not used to be the parking area for the old Pine Top ski area, to link up with the blue blazed North South trail, heading south. Look for a small rapid on the left that opens into a small pond. Cross the stream just upstream from the pond and hike away from it, bearing to the right some (sort of widely circling the pond) You may have to bushwhack a little. If you see the faint remains of a log skidding trail, follow that. A few minutes from the stream you should run into a small fire trail. Take a right on the fire trail another few minutes and look for the looming block on the right. map

Note - things change, but currently (spring 2015) there is a small bridge ~ 100 ft. upstream from the pond that is very helpful for getting across. You can short cut to it by keeping an eye out for an almost climbable sized boulder off to the left of the blue blazed trail as you are hiking in. Hike over to it and then down to the stream.

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M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Just another confirmation that the Lost Boulder and Backwoods Wall are on DEM land: Looking at the 2013 Great Swamp Press map of Arcadia the boundaries are clearly delineated. I know the person who made the map and he is meticulous.

The land directly surrounding Wickoboxet Pond and SE of the Lost Boulder is private property, so should not be entered without permission. There are a couple marginal boulders near the pond, but they are not worth trespassing for. The good rock that I have been able to find is all on DEM property, so get a copy of the map to show anybody and don't let them scare you off. Just be diplomatic and wear your orange. If they insist on being A holes call for a warden to set them straight. Nov 22, 2015
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Freedom-of-navigation exercises Nov 16, 2015
Perhaps until we get this sorted with the neighbors who live on Fall River Rd we should list the boulder as closed to climbing so as not to have any more run ins with folks who carry guns. Nov 16, 2015
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
West Greenwich tax map: plat 45, lot 2-1 (lot 2-2 is private and close to the boulder but 50-100 feet further down trail) wgtownri.org/documents/Maps… All the maps I can find online show that as owned by the DEM (see arcgis.com/home/webmap/view… for instance. Click 'Content' and check "Conservation Land - State", but you can call or stop by the West Greenwich Town Hall and ask ownership of Plat 45, lot 2-2

Edit - I just called the Town Administrator (392-3800 xt100) this morning and they confirmed that it is DEM land. I'd print a copy of the plat map and take it with you, and politely tell the hunters that they are incorrect. You are required to wear your blaze orange during hunting season. Nov 16, 2015
We were told by hunters this past Sunday that the bridge and subsequent land across the stream was privately owned by the hunters (who said they installed the bridge). We knew that the boulder was on DEM land, but did not want to start an argument, so we left. Just a head's up for anyone who may encounter a hunter there Nov 16, 2015
There are now two tree stands within immediate range of the Lost Boulder. These folks most likely installed the cable across the river. Be extremely cautious when approaching, wear your day glow orange, and maintain a verbal presence, and do not go alone if you can avoid it. If you meet hunters please be polite, explain our use of the area, and try to get a sense of what days might be best to avoid each other. Nov 28, 2012
Joe M.    
That map is perfect. I will let you know when I can get down there. I hear you on the boulder hunting thing, it can be frustrating to do all the work and let others get all the sends... Mar 6, 2012
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qy2k2…

This map should help. I need to get the GPS coordinates again since I lost them in my old GPS. Coming out of the old gravel parking area the trail has a lot of little branches from the ATVers. If in doubt stay to the left near the stream and don't get drawn up the hillside to the right. If you want to check it out, Joe, let me know and I will try to go out there with you. I haven't been there in a few years, so would like to see how the problems feel now.

We have another really good boulder I could show you that is only 5 min hike in off the road. We sent some more routes on it today. There is just one that I would like to give another good try on before posting it up. I was so close on it today. I want to get it before the strong kids with big ape indexes snag it on me without doing the work of finding and cleaning it..can't completely spoon feed them. Mar 5, 2012
Joe M.    
Do you have better beta on getting to the Lost boulder than what is on here? I can't really figure out what is going on as the maps don't show the North South trail??? Mar 5, 2012
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
This is a very sweet boulder. It's too bad it is pretty much by it's self, but it is worth the trip to get to it. There are a few other scattered problems in the general area if you hike around further. If you took the fire road NW about 1/2 mile instead, there is a small crag that offers some nice moderate highballs or short TRs. (GPS 41.627190, -71.777861)

During high water the stream crossing gets very difficult. It pretty much becomes raging white water so you have to hope there is a big tree down across it. (edit - Somebody made a "bridge" out of logs and rope, so the crossing is easier now) Dec 22, 2010

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