Elevation: 295 ft
GPS: 41.57, -71.733 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: RhodeIslandJeff on Feb 4, 2011
Admins: M Sprague, Joe M.
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Description

The true summit of Mt. Tom is north of Rt 165, but this area will describe the climbing south of the road, since it is more concentrated and traditionally know by that name. The new, more scattered areas to the north will be described in their own sections.

Many small ledges and a few boulders abound this area. Good access and a varying degree of difficulties. Bouldering, highball bouldering and top roping. There are plenty of trees at the top of the walls for anchors. Lead climbing is not really practical, with short routes and marginal gear. -Forested, with no crowds and bugs are average for RI in the summer.

The Rock is granite with much of it high quality, with interesting features. Some of it, particularly on the edges of the main wall and at the Fire Wall can be a bit chossy though. Many climbs haven't been done in a long time so some cleaning should be expected. (much is getting recleaned lately) Orange is needed during hunting seasons.

The local website climbri.org has some more information and historical photos. (Please do not post material from there here without permission from Brian)

Getting There

Mt. Tom is an area off of Rte 165 (between exits 4 and 5 on Rte 95), with a fairly high concentration of climbing spanning about 1 mile on the Mt. Tom Trail. There are two trailheads, one on rte 165 at the top of the hill west of Mt. Tom Rd and, further south, a 3-4 car parking spot next to a stream about a half mile down Mt. Tom Road, opposite the trailhead going North. The Mt. Tom rd parking is closest to Halloween and the Main Wall. Rte 165 is best for the other areas. Just make sure you are well off the road and be extra careful pulling in or out when parking along 165.. The top of the hill is a blind spot and people fly here.

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