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DescriptionWaterville Valley could rightfully be considered a climbing backwater. Most climbers are content to stare at the impressive Dickey Ledge, high on Dickey Mountain, and clearly visible from Interstate 93. Few, however, make the commitment to hike up there and climb on it. It makes sense that Waterville Valley receives so little attention from climbers, given that Cannon Cliff is just up the road, Rumney is fifteen minutes to the west, and North Conway is just an hour away.
Those who commit to hike the mile up to Dickey Ledge are rewarded with absolutely perfect granite and amazing mountain views. Dickey Ledge feels like a little piece of Joshua Tree that has been transplanted to the White Mountains. The slabs are long and exposed, and the cracks are short, steep, and vicious.
While Dickey Ledge receives probably 90% of the climbing traffic, others are content to scour the hills and mountains for more rock. There's a lot of rock out there: some of it is good, some of it is terrible, and some of it is completely inaccessible. But people keep looking, hoping to stumble upon the next Main Cliff, but more likely finding solitude, beautiful mountain views, and a profound respect for the uniqueness of the Waterville Valley area.
Classic Climbing Routes at Waterville Valley
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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