Elevation: 1,952 ft
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Shared By: Jim Lawyer on Jun 21, 2012
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Sitting just below the summit of Potter Mountain, this is one of the largest cliffs at Silver Lake. It contains some of the best multi-pitch face climbing in the northeast. The rock is some of the best in the park -- vertical acres of dimpled awesomeness, scoured clean by winter ice.

The cliff heats up in the summer, so don't go here if it's warmer than 70 degrees. In the cool weather of October and November, there is no better place to be; even if it's below freezing at the car, you'll be climbing in T-shirts at the cliff.

Getting There

From the Goodrich Mills Trailhead, follow the logging road to a clearing, then bear 45 degrees right and continue on the logging road to the height of land (good view of the cliff here). Continue another 1 minute along the flat road, then look for a herd path on the left. Follow this (some cairns) to the cliff.

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Dom R
Bend, OR
Dom R   Bend, OR
If there's one thing the ADK should be known for it is its plethora of technical off-vert climbs, and this cliff sports some of the best in the park. Get your feet ready, it's gonna be fun. Sep 28, 2014
Dom R
Bend, OR
Dom R   Bend, OR
Just to clear some things up about the approach,The road you are looking for is after the 15mph turn, on the left (if driving in from route 3), you can just barely see a pink gate blocking the road when you drive by. Park across the street from this. After the clearing spoken of here where you go 45 degrees right you're going to go uphill for a while and when you reach the height of land spoken of in the guidebook, there is a road that goes left and appears as though it goes straight to the cliff. Don't take this road! stay on the right side and walk on level/downhill land until you hit the trail on the left. I just stacked a cairn at the beginning of the trail today that should be very obvious to locate. From there take the faint herd path following scuffed rocks, the occasional cairn, and trampled trees to the base. May 2, 2015
Jeff Dunbar
Charlotte, NC
Jeff Dunbar   Charlotte, NC
Many thanks to all the trail builders and route developers who did such a nice job opening this beautiful new crag a few years back. This place is awesome and deserves much more traffic!

Also, many thanks to Dom R for all the cairn-building and for posting the enhanced approach beta here on MP.com. My partner and I had no problem following Dom's directions during our first visit the other day (sans guidebook). You really did all visiting climbers a solid, Dom. Nice work, buddy!

For first-timers with no guidebook, follow Dom's directions above and allow 30-40 minutes to reach the base of the cliff from the parking area. Approach trail meets cliff at the far right side and continues leftwards along the base. As of 8/16, the first route you come to from there is Honeybadger (highly recommended) after about 10 more minutes of scrambling along the base.

Go get after these nice new routes, folks, and give this new crag some love! Aug 11, 2016