Elevation: 1,660 ft
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Shared By: Drake Pregnall on Dec 22, 2011 with 2 Suggestions
Admins: Jim Lawyer

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.

There is a mobile app for Mckenzie Pond bouldering available here

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 all four sets. The fourth set is currently being documented, and all of the larger boulders have been cleaned. There are nearly 3 dozen new problems in the set so far, and more are being added daily. 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
 22
Popsicle
Boulder
V1 5
 13
Looker
Boulder
V2- 5+
 17
Little Roof of Taiwan
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 7
Giant Sucker
Boulder
V3 6A
 24
Great Roof of China
Boulder
V3 6A
 8
Thrust Fault
Boulder
V3 6A
 10
Hooker
Boulder
V3 6A
 12
Rebar
Boulder
V4 6B
 10
Dickens
Boulder
V4 6B
 8
Shtickums
Boulder
V5 6C
 4
Time Will Tell
Boulder
V5 6C
 17
Slobadon
Boulder
V5 6C
 15
Ian's Favorite Problem
Boulder
V8 7B
 3
Flux Capacitor
Boulder
V9 7C
 3
Stanfields aka Tommy The Cat
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Popsicle Second Set > Second Set Boulder
 22
V0 4 Boulder
Looker First Set > Front Boulder
 13
V1 5 Boulder
Little Roof of Taiwan Second Set > Second Set Boulder
 17
V2- 5+ Boulder
Giant Sucker Second Set > Second Set Boulder
 7
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Great Roof of China Second Set > Second Set Boulder
 24
V3 6A Boulder
Thrust Fault Third Set > Ball of Fame
 8
V3 6A Boulder
Hooker First Set > Front Boulder
 10
V3 6A Boulder
Rebar First Set > Makaia
 12
V3 6A Boulder
Dickens Third Set > Boneyard
 10
V4 6B Boulder
Shtickums Third Set > Boneyard
 8
V4 6B Boulder
Time Will Tell Second Set > Second Set Boulder
 4
V5 6C Boulder
Slobadon First Set > Front Boulder
 17
V5 6C Boulder
Ian's Favorite Problem First Set > Rhombohedron
 15
V5 6C Boulder
Flux Capacitor Third Set > Alien
 3
V8 7B Boulder
Stanfields aka Tommy The Cat First Set > Front Boulder
 3
V9 7C Boulder
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