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Areas in Mckenzie Pond Boulders

First Set 0 / 0 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Second Set 0 / 0 / 0 / 25 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
Third Set 0 / 0 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Elevation: 1,660 ft
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Description

Best bouldering in the Adirondacks. Located on county road 33 (McKenzie Pond Road) near saranac lake and lake placid. The pull off is right across the road from an old abandoned barn. There are four sets of boulders. Nearly every problem is of good quality. Nothing harder than V10. Most of the rock is sharp and clean. Landings are nearly all perfectly safe. There are a decent number of problems that are higher than is typical in other areas. If a second pad is "required" it is usually noted in the description of the route. Some problems such as Time Will Tell on the Second Set have horrible landings, but, with enough pads, are protectable enough to be safe, and are totally awesome climbs worth bringing the extra gear back for.

McKenzie Pond draws people in from all over the place, but overall, I wouldn't call the pond a stand alone destination for a visit from a substantial distance. If you were up in the Adirondacks and felt like a day of bouldering, you will be very pleasantly surprised. If you are relatively nearby though, it is definitely a place worth becoming familiar with. Very nice spot to change the pace of jamming the great cracks in Keene.

There is an older guide published here. The area was also covered in the first edition of Adirondack Rock, and is in the current bouldering guidebook.

Getting There

The traditional pull off is right across the road from the old Hunt farmhouse. The pull off will be on your right coming from Lake Placid, and on your left coming from Saranac lake. The first set of boulders is visible from the pull off. The boulders of each set are pretty close together, with relatively short trails connecting each of the sets. There are trails to the first three sets. The fourth set is not currently documented, and does not have a trail from the third set, but the rock back there is mostly clean, pretty tall, and worth checking out if you feel like some exploring. It is located a couple minutes east and downhill from the boulders in the Third Set.

Update Oct 2013: The Essex County Highway Dep. has created a new designated parking area for the McKenzie Pond Boulders. They have put up No Parking signs where the traditional parking for the boulders has been. The new parking is still on just the shoulder of the road but it is on the opposite side from the boulders and a little bit closer to Saranac Lake. The new parking area is signed and is about 150ft. away from the traditional parking area. The county is working to make access still possible while trying to keep cars off the road that create a traffic hazard. The county is going to be adding more gravel to make the shoulder not as soft as it is now and to allow for even more cars. PLEASE use this new designated parking area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mckenzie Pond Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
Popsicle
Boulder
V1 5
Looker
Boulder
V2 5+
Giant Sucker
Boulder
V2 5+
Little Roof of Taiwan
Boulder
V2 5+
McMidgetson
Boulder
V2 5+
Brock Lee Soars
Boulder
V3 6A
Great Roof of China
Boulder
V3 6A
Thrust Fault
Boulder
V3 6A
Hooker
Boulder
V4- 6B
The Actual Edge Of Gumby
Boulder
V4 6B
Dickens
Boulder
V4 6B
Shtickums
Boulder
V5 6C
Slobadon
Boulder
V5 6C
Ian's Favorite Problem
Boulder
V8 7B
Flux Capacitor
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Popsicle Second Set > Second Set Boulder V0 4 Boulder
Looker First Set > Front Boulder V1 5 Boulder
Giant Sucker Second Set > Second Set Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
Little Roof of Taiwan Second Set > Second Set Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
McMidgetson First Set > Front Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
Brock Lee Soars First Set > Rhombohedron V2 5+ Boulder
Great Roof of China Second Set > Second Set Boulder V3 6A Boulder
Thrust Fault Third Set > Ball of Fame V3 6A Boulder
Hooker First Set > Front Boulder V3 6A Boulder
The Actual Edge Of Gumby Third Set > Alien V4- 6B Boulder
Dickens Third Set > Boneyard V4 6B Boulder
Shtickums Third Set > Boneyard V4 6B Boulder
Slobadon First Set > Front Boulder V5 6C Boulder
Ian's Favorite Problem First Set > Rhombohedron V5 6C Boulder
Flux Capacitor Third Set > Alien V8 7B Boulder
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AEnnis  
Hello,
I am flying in from Ft Worth TX. I am going to be staying in the area all next week and really want to do one or two days of bouldering. I am unable to bring one of my pads b/c it would be $200 one way to check oversize luggage. So I am looking for a pad to use or some awesome people to climb with.

I have called the outfitters and stores and they aren't interested in renting out a pad. So I am turning to the awesome bouldering community. I would be thrilled to pay some one for the privilege to borrow a pad. Or to meet some new folks and join someone for a day of bouldering (I'll supply the beer and food).

I am not a creep and I am not interested in stealing a pad (I have plenty). I just really want to get on some of those blocks. Please feel free to respond your contact me at 971.506.5262 if you are interested in helping me out.

Thank you very much and I hope to see some of you out there.

Andrew Ennis Jul 19, 2014
Joe M.    
We have added the old PDF guidebook that Kippy and Groover wrote to newenglandbouldering.com You can find it here: newenglandbouldering.com/mc… Apr 29, 2014
Will Roth
Saranac Lake, NY
Will Roth   Saranac Lake, NY
The Essex County Highway Dep. has created a new designated parking area for the McKenzie Pond Boulders. They have put up No Parking signs where the traditional parking for the boulders has been. The new parking is still on just the shoulder of the road but it is on the opposite side from the boulders and a little bit closer to Saranac Lake. The new parking area is signed and is about 150ft. away from the traditional parking area. The county is working to make access still possible while trying to keep cars off the road that create a traffic hazard. The county is going to be adding more gravel to make the shoulder not as soft as it is now and to allow for even more cars. PLEASE use this new designated parking area. Oct 25, 2013
Jim Lawyer    
Owen --

Writing is creative expression and is copyrightable. Facts are not copyrightable; e.g., FA info, route names, route ordering. It has nothing to do with who owns a boulder, who did the FA, what the moves are, or where a route goes.

There's lots of discussion of plagiarism on various threads. Copying descriptions from any guidebook onto Mountain Project is not allowed (unless permission is granted by the copyright holder). Descriptions copied from guidebooks that find their way onto MP are routinely removed by site administrators. Mar 6, 2013
Owen Summerscales
Los Alamos, NM
Owen Summerscales   Los Alamos, NM
Im just some random person - but I dont see how a guidebook author copyrights the description to a set of moves established by someone else on a piece of rock that is owned by nobody? Mar 6, 2013
Jim Lawyer    
A note to those adding boulder problems at McKenzie Pond:

Many problem descriptions added in this section were taken word-for-word from the local guidebook. Obviously this is not allowed on Mountain Project. And, no, changing a single word in a sentence doesn't fly either.

Please refrain from plagiarizing guidebook descriptions.

Descriptions deemed to be plagiarized will be removed from the site. Feb 3, 2012

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