Elevation: 200 ft
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Shared By: M Sprague on Feb 18, 2012
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Description

Arcadia Management Area is RI is largest Management Area, almost 14 thousand acres, located in the southwest part of the state. It is bisected north and south by Rt 165 and contains areas around Mt. Tom and Escoheag. The area offers a bit of top roping, mainly moderates at Mt Tom's Main Wall and the old test piece at the Halloween outcrop, but is mostly a boulderer's haunt. Much of it is scattered, but some of the better individual boulders of RI are found here, such as the Lost Boulder.
In early RI history Arcadia was a thriving farming community. As you explore the forest, you will find lots of evidence; cellar holes, stonewalls, historical cemeteries, stone cutting and old roads. We can only imagine what boulders were there before they disappeared, split up to make the foundations, hearths and small mills. For an example of the boulder splitting techniques, you should check out the Hudson Boulder and its line of hand drilled holes running through the middle of it for feather and wedges. Thankfully for us, they never finished splitting this one and the holes make a boulder problem. The area's fields and pastures are now reforested and covered with dirt roads and mountain bike paths.
It is likely that earlier local climbers visited, but by the 1970sand 80s Mt. Tom was certainly getting attention, notably by the Rhody Loadies, who bouldered and TRed lines up to hard 12 and V7. Since then, the highly developed Lincoln Woods pulled most of the attention from South County, but recently a new wave of cleaning and exploration is bringing life back to the area. Excellent new boulders have just recently been found and undoubtedly more are on the way.
Being a multi use Area, climbers will be sharing the woods with hikers, mountain bikers and hunters, so be sure to be respectful, and also wear at least 200 square inches of orange during hunting season.

Getting There

From Providence, go south on Rt 95 to exit 5 to put you on Rt 102 east. This will bring you to Rt 3. Take a right onto Rt 3 south, then a right again onto 165 heading west, crossing back under Rt 95. For parking, see the individual areas.

Great Swamp Press sells a really good map for exploring the area or for mt biking

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Classic Climbing Routes at Arcadia Management Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 13
Arete Stand
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 13
Face Stand
Boulder
V3 6A PG13
 15
Tricycle (Roadside Traverse Right)
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 21
Decode
Boulder
V4 6B
 24
Summit or Die
Boulder
V5 6C
 19
Temperance
Boulder
V5 6C PG13
 7
Firecracker Crimps
Boulder
V5 6C
 8
Porcelain Hook Slide
Boulder
V5+ 6C+ PG13
 19
Heaven (Roadside Direct)
Boulder
V6 7A
 19
Notochord
Boulder
V6 7A
 18
Arete Sit
Boulder
V7 7A+
 8
Treehugger
Boulder
V7 7A+
 16
bill's monologue
Boulder
V7 7A+ PG13
 11
Spectacle
Boulder
V10 7C+
 9
Ground Zero
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Arete Stand Escoheag > Escoheag Boulder
 13
V2 5+ Boulder
Face Stand Escoheag > Escoheag Boulder
 13
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Tricycle (Roadside Traverse… Mt Tom > RdSide Wall
 15
V3 6A PG13 Boulder
Decode Mt Tom > RdSide Wall
 21
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Summit or Die "Lost" Boulder
 24
V4 6B Boulder
Temperance "Found" Boulder
 19
V5 6C Boulder
Firecracker Crimps Mt Tom > RdSide Wall
 7
V5 6C PG13 Boulder
Porcelain Hook Slide Penny Hill Boulders
 8
V5 6C Boulder
Heaven (Roadside Direct) Mt Tom > RdSide Wall
 19
V5+ 6C+ PG13 Boulder
Notochord "Lost" Boulder
 19
V6 7A Boulder
Arete Sit Escoheag > Escoheag Boulder
 18
V6 7A Boulder
Treehugger "Found" Boulder
 8
V7 7A+ Boulder
bill's monologue Escoheag > Overhangs
 16
V7 7A+ Boulder
Spectacle Mt Tom > RdSide Wall
 11
V7 7A+ PG13 Boulder
Ground Zero "Lost" Boulder
 9
V10 7C+ Boulder
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