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Elevation: 1,952 ft 595 m
GPS: 44.5173, -73.7984
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Shared By: Jim Lawyer on Jun 21, 2012 · Updates
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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 Suggest change

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 (cairn). Follow this (some cairns) to the cliff. At the cliff, the main climbing areas are to the left. Walk / scramble along the base of the cliff until you reach Honeybadger.

Many new comers to the cliff spend hours thrashing through the brush, either due to confusion among the many logging roads in the area or because they fail to find the best place to launch off the logging road to the cliff. Downloading and following the GPS track is recommended! (click "climbing area map" on the upper left part of this page, then click on the line that denotes the trail. A detailed description appears. Scroll down to the bottom of the description and click "download GPX track". This can be used in a free navigation app like GAIA.) Have fun! 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Potter Mountain Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 8
Stop Making Sense
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 23
Poker Face
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 36
Piece Out
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 39
Honeybadger
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 30
Groovitational Pull
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Shamrock
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 26
Positive Latitude
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Brazilian
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 18
Where the Wild Things Are
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Ebb and Flow
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Tailwinds
Trad 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 8
Once in a Lifetime
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 11
Garden of Leadin'
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Jug-Or-Not
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Stop Making Sense
 8
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Poker Face
 23
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Piece Out
 36
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Honeybadger
 39
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Groovitational Pull
 30
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Shamrock
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Positive Latitude
 26
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Brazilian
 9
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Where the Wild Things Are
 18
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Ebb and Flow
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tailwinds
 9
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Once in a Lifetime
 8
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Garden of Leadin'
 11
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Jug-Or-Not
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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