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This is a scruffy little local bouldering spot located along the North South Trail in the Burlingame Management Area. It is not very inspiring looks wise, but there is a concentration of problems with easy access and some are definitely worth doing. There are maybe a couple dozen problems or more, ranging from butt dragging lip encounters to some fairly scary highballs, mostly on the ledges along the North South Trail. Last I knew, grades ran up to about V6 or 7.
Along with the areas along the main trail, there are a couple other boulders in the woods across the road from the parking (see directions below) and a few more off the north side of the road east of the parking.
I think Chris Smith did the first more extensive developed, though it is likely other climbers played on the rock to some extent earlier. After Chris, another group of locals had the fun of doing the first ascents all over again, so some of the routes have multiple names.
With most of the bouldering right along the popular North South Trail, keep any cleaning and landscaping discrete and be sure to brush off your chalk when done. Being right next to a swamp, ticks and mosquitoes may be bad here. Lyme and Babesiosis are no joke so check yourself well for ticks when you get home. Orange is required during hunting season, though nobody should be shooting near the trail. If you park at the small pullout, be careful pulling out. People fly around the blind curve.
Found in the northern part of the Burlingame Management, between Charlestown and Westerly, just off Buckeye Brook Rd, the area is a bit of a maze of small roads with the approach varying, depending where you are coming from. Check Google maps for the best driving directions. maps.google.com/maps?q=41.3…;t=h&hl=en Park at the Burlingame North Trail Parking on the north side of the road, where there is a gated dirt road and a kiosk.
For the main area, cross to the other side of Buckeye Brook Rd. and walk a little ways down it to your right towards the west to a little pull in at 41.39797 -71.70477 on your left where there is an overgrown and blocked old road, just before the paved road makes a sharp left turn, At the pull off you can get off the road and shortcut to the boulldering I used to park here, but it can be sketchy pulling out with people flying around the blind corner. At the pull off head in about 100 feet and look for a social trail to the right which leads down a gully to intersect with the main blue and yellow blazed North South Trail. The bouldering is along the trail in both directions on small ledges starting on your right and running left for maybe a couple hundred yards. To the right, back towards the road, is the Butt Cave. The Avocado is a minute or two to the left
There are a few erratics also: The Lonesome Boulder is roughly across the street from the parking ( may be easier to find and get to by walking up the paved road a little to the east, then down another gated dirt road (south) a minute and looking to the right. Across from this dirt road (same side as the parking) is the Briar Patch Boulder (pretty marginal). Another better one can be found if you continue east on Buckeye a few minutes looking for an unmarked trail (old farm road) on your left. Hike down it a few more minutes keeping an eye on your right. It was good enough that I spent some time working on it years ago. I vaguely remember doing something decent there that wasn't only 3 feet tall, but I can't help with a name or more details. Check it out.
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