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Routes in Eagle Falls

Adsite Arete T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Class Five S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Dobsonfly T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Eagle Has Landed, The S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
El Supremo S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Face of a Thousand Cracks T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Fipi Lele T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Go to Bread T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Grumpy Racoon T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Gypsy's Curse T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Hot n' Stanky T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Hydrofax , The S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Lichen or Not T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Lloyds of Lowville S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Monkey Bars and Geetar Stars T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Naked Truth T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
No Fun at Camp, No Sex at Breakfast T 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Oral in the Dark T,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Prey Tell S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Promiscuous Girl S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Ravenous S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Red Book T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sammy-Jo Traceyville T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Seventeen T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Soft Maple Times T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Stihl Water T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Tasp, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Three Raccoons in a Patagonia Fleece S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Trap 'em! S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Elevation: 1,343 ft
GPS: 43.905, -75.196 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Jim Lawyer on Jun 6, 2011
Admins: Kris Fiore, Jim Lawyer
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Description

This crag runs alongside the Beaver River just downstream from Beaver Lake. The rock is very brittle, but has unusual hidden holds that make the faces, aretes, and roofs very climbable. The natural crack lines tend to be chossy and, due to the nature of the brittle rock, a bit suspect.

This cliff is in a pleasant, remote area with open woods and great swimming holes a mere feet away. There is no road noise; in fact, the sound of the pounding rapids is so load that communication with a leader is often impossible.

The cliff is packed with high quality lines, most of which were put up since 2008; they are in the second edition of Adirondack Rock. This cliff has also seen another wave of new route activity in the last few years not yet in print.

Highlights are Class Five and The Hydrofax, two of the largest climbable roofs in the Adirondacks that sit above noisy rapids, Promiscuous Girl, a stunning arete, Go to Bread, delicate face climbing, El Supremo, a tricky, super-exposed face, and No Fun at Camp No Sex at Breakfast, Eagle Falls' hardest climbing.
The Old Forge area is a patchwork of private and public property. Please respect private property and posted signs, and avoid climbing or trespassing on private property unless you have permission from the landowner. Details

Getting There

From Lowville, follow Number Four Road to near its end. About 1/2 mile east of the intersection with Stillwater Road, turn left onto Soft Maple Road. This road is unmarked but there is a brown sign that says, "Beaver River Canoe Route." Go about 2.5 miles, then turn right onto another dirt road signed "Beaver River Canoe Route". Drive 1/2 mile along the large green pipe on your right and park on the left.

Cross the road, walk down the stairs under the penstock, then follow a trail south to the cliff.

River Crossing

One of the most beautiful parts of climbing at Eagle Falls is the river. Unfortunately, it also presents one of the greatest hurdles to climbing access.

Board Crossing:
In late summer and fall the river is usually low enough to be crossed using a board that is stashed along the river a few hundred feet upstream from the falls. Look for a boulder on the far side with a nice flat spot. Make sure to pull the board back up for our paddling friends!

Tyrolean Traverse
In summer of 2017 a fixed tryolean line was added to the cliff. From spring until mid-summer the water is usually too high to use the board crossing. It is a few hundred feet upstream from the usual board crossing. Make sure to use a pulley instead of a carabiner to reduce wear on the rope.

Canoe Crossing
If the river is high and the line is down or you don't feel like using it you can always bring some kind of boat and launch from the beaver river canoe run launch 1/8 mile north of the parking area into Beaver Lake and boat across the lake above the damn. It's about a 3 minute canoe ride and leads to a very obvious heardpath that brings you south to the top of the cliff.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Eagle Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Red Book
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Seventeen
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Naked Truth
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Stihl Water
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lloyds of Lowville
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Prey Tell
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Hot n' Stanky
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
The Eagle Has Landed
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Go to Bread
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Ravenous
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Lichen or Not
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
El Supremo
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Class Five
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Three Raccoons in a Patagonia Fleece
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Promiscuous Girl
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Red Book 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Seventeen 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Naked Truth 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Stihl Water 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Lloyds of Lowville 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Prey Tell 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hot n' Stanky 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
The Eagle Has Landed 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Go to Bread 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Ravenous 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Lichen or Not 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
El Supremo 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Class Five 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Three Raccoons in a Patagon… 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Promiscuous Girl 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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Jim Lawyer    
As of July 30, 2017, the river is still too high to cross without a canoe. There is now a tyrolean upstream of the normal board crossing. Bring a pulley. Aug 1, 2017
Kris Fiore
Burlington, Vermont
Kris Fiore   Burlington, Vermont  
July 1 update:

River still to high to cross using the boards. A difficult crossing can be made immediately at the bottom of the stairs (It's HARD) and then the canoe route is an option as well. Jul 4, 2017
Jim Lawyer    
As of May 10, 2017, The river is still too high to safely cross. Need a canoe to cross above the dam. The entire area is flooded with sooo much water.

Routes are dry, though. May 11, 2017
Richard Beck
Fort Drum, NY
Richard Beck   Fort Drum, NY
Have there been any routes put up between "Papa Don't Preach" and "El Supremo"? Seems like there are a lot of possible climbs all along the cliff. Apr 27, 2016
PeterW
Dryden, NY
PeterW   Dryden, NY
Hornets nests at the cruxes of El Supremo and Welcome to the Machine on 4/16/16. Apr 17, 2016
Looks like the bear carcase is gone. Great climbs, didn't find it chossy at all. Looking forward to climbing here several more times this season! Aug 26, 2015
NickG
Syracuse/Keene, NY
NickG   Syracuse/Keene, NY
Flows can be checked here.

americanwhitewater.org/cont… Sep 9, 2013
Jim Lawyer    
katyg628: That's terrible about your sister's fall. I second the helmet advice at this cliff. (And, well, for pretty much any cliff.)

In my experience, the rock at Eagle Falls is friable and brittle. I've seen gear placements blow apart cracks that seemed solid. The original routes (and most of those documented in Adirondack Rock) were put in ground-up, have had no additional cleaning, and see very little traffic. Most need a session with a pry bar and scrub brush.

The newer routes (those documented here) have all been meticulously cleaned, prepared, and bolted and are a much safer option. But even on these routes, I recommend following your advice and wearing a helmet. May 30, 2013
There was a rock climbing accident on route number 23, Stacked. The rock broke under the pressure of the cams in the crack. There are a lot of newly developed and rarely climbed routes here. Be careful with your gear placements and especially anchors. consider using a tree to be extra redundant.

A helmet saved my sister's life without a doubt. Her head hit a downed tree and the helmet caught it and jerked to the side instead of her skull. This is a first hand account. If you have a helmet wear it, if you don't have one get one. May 29, 2013
Alex Mitchell
Cincinnati, OH
Alex Mitchell   Cincinnati, OH
A very cool area with lots of great climbs on solid, mostly clean rock. We did not know they were doing a release of the river so the river was about 2 feet higher when we left as when we came. I ended up dropping my rope in the river and getting pretty wet to the amusement of the about two hundred people swimming and watching the kayakers. Sep 3, 2012
SwineFlew
Watertown, NY
SwineFlew   Watertown, NY
In the Spring the river really flows strongly and can easily sweep you off your feet. Instead of crossing the river where the guidebook says, bring an extra pair of shoes and just walk across the river where it widens. THe easiest spot I have seen is directly in front of you when you walk down the stairs under the green pipe. Your feet will get wet & cold, but thats better than falling in a deeper area and getting swept into the swimming hole.
Mar 19, 2012

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