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Baker Chimney WI3+
Cure Cottage T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Easy Edge T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Scarynac Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
TB or Not TB T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Elevation: 2,380 ft
GPS: 44.334, -74.105 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Simon Thompson on Oct 11, 2011
Admins: Jim Lawyer


Baker Mountain is a small peak right outside Saranac Lake with a small cliff on its western flank that offers a nice quiet spot for top-roping and hanging out. Most of the climbs can be led with good protection as well. One of the major attractions of this cliff is that it has something for everybody(unless you climb harder than 5.12).

Getting There

The trailhead is located on the NE side of Moody Pond. Starting on Rt 3 in Saranac Lake, driving toward Lake Placid, continue straight onto Brandy Brook Lane at the unconventional intersection near the NBT Bank. Cross the railroad tracks and turn left onto Pine St. After crossing the railroad tracks again turn right on Forest Hill Ave. Continue down Forest Hill Ave to Moody Pond and park on the far side near the trailhead.

Near the beginning, the trail splits and the main hiking trail(red markers) goes to the summit. The trail to get to the cliffs continues straight. Follow the trail for about 10 minutes to a small herd path(marked with a small cairn) on the left just past a marshy area. Follow the herd path for a couple minutes to reach the base of the cliff.

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If rapping off of draws, off of the bolts on the "main ledge", (TB Cottage Cure) ..... the rap goes over the protrusion to the left of Cottage Cure and is free hanging. It's position makes an excellent "photo-op" .... if you want a great climbing picture ... Sep 5, 2017
The (excellent) new anchor mentioned by Orton is on, the tree of the main descent point. The tree serves the main face (TB or not TB, Cure Cottage), the tree is a monster and is "bomber". The tree is on the same ledge as top of Easy Edge, if you seek an easy way up. Aug 15, 2017
Approach beta ... when following the approach directions given here, and in Adirondack Rock guide book .... be warned, At typical hiking speeds, 8-10 min up the trail is a boggy area, with fallen trees, and a trail going left, which is NOT the cliff trail. Continue hiking uphill another 5 minutes to the correct trail, I posted a couple pictures which should help identify the correct trail ... and maybe save people playing the game ... "where's the cliff ???". Jul 18, 2017
Nicholas Orton
Saranac lake
Nicholas Orton   Saranac lake
Replaced the rap anchor on the big tree on the left side of the cliff. Good to go! Kinda have to swing in to that rap though its easy enough to walk off climbers right. I would not trust the Shrubs on the top of easy edge. May 23, 2017
Simon Thompson
New Paltz, NY
Simon Thompson   New Paltz, NY
Be careful of loose rock on top of the cliff. Every time I've been there it seems to be a problem. Oct 12, 2011

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