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Shared By: Morgan Patterson on Dec 13, 2011
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Pootatuck State Forest is a Connecticut state forest located in the town of New Fairfield, Connecticut. After some tips from Wivanoff and some handy LiDAR maps, I've been able to locate at least one sector of boulders in the Forest. Located just above the pond below the steep slope, the north eastern section of the Fire Rd holds a nice sector of quality boulders. The rock composition is granitic gniess and very much resembles that of Bald Rock Basin's boulders. It appears as though there's been some cleaning of problems here... and quiet a few look very very difficult.

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Parking is available off Shortwoods Road and Pine Hill Road, as well as, via Squantz Pond State Park.

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Mobes Mobesely   Granite island
I have heard this area is super quality and has a bunch of hard stuff. Jan 23, 2012
Northeast, USA
wivanoff   Northeast, USA
Maybe not so much Squantz Pond as the Pootatuck State forest next to Squantz. Park at N 41 30.733' W 73 30.041' and follow trails/fire road. Map here:…

I don't do much bouldering but there are some huge boulders off the trails in here. You can probably mountain bike the fire roads. Feb 20, 2014
Morgan Patterson   CT  
Thanks for the tip... do you by chance have any beta on what trails/locations? Feb 20, 2014
Northeast, USA
wivanoff   Northeast, USA
"do you by chance have any beta on what trails/locations?"

No, Morgan, I''m sorry.

Refer to the pdf link: I had placed a geocache out by the cove at the New Fairfield/Sherman line. This was in 2007, so memory is a little hazy.

I parked at the coords listed above and hiked the fire road to west green trail, crossed Worden Brook and on to the cove. From the cove I hiked west to the top of the mountain in Sherman. Return trip was via the east green trail to blue trail and part of yellow trail to make the loop. My best guess is that the largest boulders I saw were along the blue trail and also that small trail out by Worden Brook. IIRC, the fire road/west green trail were pretty flat.

I remember thinking that I might come back with a rope because some of them were quite large. However, since I'm don't do much bouldering I didn't take any GPS shots while I was there. I regret that now.

I'm thinking that the lookout on the blue trail might be a good starting point. Feb 20, 2014
benjamin brownell
Kingston, NY
benjamin brownell   Kingston, NY
Nice rock and setting. Quite a lot of exposed stone up and down the hillside as can clearly be seen driving the road on opposite side of the lake in winter. Semi-featured weathered chunky granitic rock including crystals, rounded cracks, dishes, dikes (?). Some taller bands with clean faces over 40'. Squantz Pond posts warnings about climbing on rocks, punishable with a fine...don't know if that's ever exercised but the adjacent (Pootatuck) state forest includes majority of rock there anyhow. Worth exploring! Mar 11, 2018

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