Elevation: 1,716 ft
GPS: 44.516, -73.823 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jim Lawyer on Jun 21, 2012
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Access Issue: There is presently no camping allowed at Silver Lake. There are some nearby campgrounds, though. Details

Description

New York State recently acquired an easement for public recreation to this 17,000 acre area. Known by locals simply as "Silver Lake", this area comprises 14 or more cliffs on two mountains -- Silver Lake Mountain and Potter Mountain.

Ice climbing at Silver Lake is here.

Beware of the bugs! The insect population is more abundant here than most other areas of the park. Spring and fall are the best times to visit.

Getting There

From Wilmington, take Bonnie View Road to its end, then left onto Silver Lake Road. Within 4 miles you'll see the cliffs on the right. Continue to the intersection with Turnpike Road, then to one of the trailheads:

Silver Lake Mountain Trailhead: From the intersection with Turnpike Road, go west on Silver Lake Road for 1.4 miles to the Silver Lake Mountain Trailhead. A DEC sign marks the parking area. About 0.2 miles before the trailhead is a logging road on the right; this is the parking and access for Mud Pond and C Chimney Cliff.

Turnpike Road Trailhead: Follow Turnpike Road for 1 mile to a gated logging road on the left.

Goodrich Mills Trailhead: Follow Turnpike Road to a hairpin turn, where the road changes name to Goodrich Mills Road. At 2.8 miles is a logging road on the left.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Silver Lake

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 22
Poker Face
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 27
Piece Out
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 34
Honeybadger
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 27
Groovitational Pull
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 11
Green Mountain Boys
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Shamrock
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 24
Positive Latitude
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Tears of Gaia
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Brazilian
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 15
Where the Wild Things Are
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Tailwinds
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Andrew
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Scary Potter Traverse
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 4
Buzzards’ Beards
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 7
Once in a Lifetime
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Poker Face Potter Mtn Cliff
 22
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Piece Out Potter Mtn Cliff
 27
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Honeybadger Potter Mtn Cliff
 34
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Groovitational Pull Potter Mtn Cliff
 27
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Green Mountain Boys Summit Cliff
 11
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Shamrock Potter Mtn Cliff
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Positive Latitude Potter Mtn Cliff
 24
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Tears of Gaia C Chimney Cliff
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Brazilian Potter Mtn Cliff
 9
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Where the Wild Things Are Potter Mtn Cliff
 15
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Tailwinds Potter Mtn Cliff
 7
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Andrew Mud Pond
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Scary Potter Traverse Potter Mtn Cliff
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Buzzards’ Beards Mud Pond
 4
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Once in a Lifetime Potter Mtn Cliff
 7
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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