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Basin Area 0 / 0 / 4 / 136 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 136
Saddle Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Elevation: 703 ft
GPS: 41.339, -73.407 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Morgan Patterson on Sep 18, 2012
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Description

Bald Rock is a peak/rock outcropping in the Danbury, CT area. The peak and adjacent basin to the north are loaded with large gneiss boulders and outcroppings. The bedrock on the property is composed of Brookfield Diorite Gneiss, Walloomsmac Schist, and Stockbridge Marble. All of the climbing is on the gniess which is infused with feldspar mega-crystals and contains schist and marble intrusions. The property is public land with legal access and parking. At this time it also happens to be the largest legal bouldering area in the state.

There are also a handful of short 30-50 ft routes detailed here:

Bald Rock Basin Routes



RULES:
1. Pull straight in to park AND park closely to others to maximize space
2. DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD!
3. Do NOT blast your radio on this road or parking lot
4. Drive slowly there are kids in the neighborhood
5. Be respectful and courteous of neighbors
6. Please wave and smile at the police when they drive by patrolling
7. Remember to be safe and have lots of fun... and join the Redding Land Trust and help support this great climbing area.

Getting There

Please carpool, park closely, AND DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD.

If the parking lot is full please visit one of the other local areas like Huntington State Park, Tree Tops, Bethel CT, Great Ledge, etc.

There's a small parking lot for Bald Rock Basin located at the end of John Todd Way in Redding, CT. From the parking lot follow the blue blazed trail North. Continue North at the junction and follow sign to Bald Rock. From Bald Rock, one can hop over to the backside and continue NW and then N into the basin area or continue along the dirt road out into the power lines past three poles (on your left)and then follow slight trail left (SW) into the woods and down into the basin. Any questions please feel free to PM me. If there are any issues please let me know, I have a relationship with the town of Bethel (owners) and work with the Access Fund as the Regional Coordinator.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bald Rock Basin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
Classic Crack
Boulder
V0 4
High Five
Boulder
V1 5
Fanciful Flight
Boulder
V1 5
Creamy Tacos
Boulder
V2 5+
Orion
Boulder
V3 6A
Slurp & Giggle
Boulder
V3 6A
New Speedway Boogie
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
Soaring Dragon
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
Slap & Tickle
Boulder
V5 6C
Return Of The B-Boy
Boulder
V5 6C R
Vultures in Paradise
TR, Boulder
V5+ 6C+
Kerosine
Boulder
V6 7A
Atomic Pleasure
Boulder
V6+ 7A
Crescent Moon
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
Kerosine on Fire
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Classic Crack Basin Area > W Side > Warmup Boulder V0 4 Boulder
High Five Basin Area > W Side > Colossus Boulder V0 4 Boulder
Fanciful Flight Basin Area > W Side > Colossus Boulder V1 5 Boulder
Creamy Tacos Basin Area > E Side > El Duque Wall V1 5 Boulder
Orion Basin Area > W Side > Colossus Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
Slurp & Giggle Basin Area > E Side > El Duque Wall V3 6A Boulder
New Speedway Boogie Basin Area > W Side > King Boulder V3 6A Boulder
Soaring Dragon Bald Rock > Upper Cliffband V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Slap & Tickle Basin Area > E Side > El Duque Wall V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Return Of The B-Boy Basin Area > W Side > King Boulder V5 6C Boulder
Vultures in Paradise Basin Area > W Side > Colossus Boulder V5 6C R TR, Boulder
Kerosine Basin Area > W Side > King Boulder V5+ 6C+ Boulder
Atomic Pleasure Basin Area > W Side > King Boulder V6 7A Boulder
Crescent Moon Basin Area > W Side > King Boulder V6+ 7A Boulder
Kerosine on Fire Basin Area > W Side > King Boulder V6-7 7A+ Boulder
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Morgan Patterson   CT  
Just a warning... the power lines host massive tick populations and we stopped going in that way all together as we weren't excited about pulling 10+ ticks off us per visit.

It is also significantly longer if you are trying to get to the west side and you also miss some good bouldering between bald rock and the basin. May 4, 2015
Had our first go at the Basin today and enjoyed the rock and surroundings. Finding the boulders for the first time is non-trivial and I would suggest the following edit to reach the Welcome Wall (East Side).

There's a small parking lot for Bald Rock Basin located at the end of John Todd Way in Redding, CT. From the parking lot follow the blue blazed trail North. Continue North at the junction and follow sign to Bald Rock. From Bald Rock continue along the dirt road out into the power lines past four poles (including the pole you see immediately as you enter the cut) and then (close to the fifth pole) follow slight trail (hard) left (SW) into the woods and down into the basin. After a few minutes working your way down you will see the Welcome Wall to your right. May 3, 2015
Morgan Patterson   CT  
So anyone done any cool new FAs? Jun 5, 2014

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