Hall's Ledge Rock Climbing
|GPS:||44.207, -71.237 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||chinos on Nov 27, 2012|
|Admins:||Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall|
DescriptionHall's Ledge is a great crag offering a variety of single pitch routes. The crag is located in Jackson, NH across the street from the Rocky Branch Parking Area. The crag gets sun for most of the day, plus most of the routes are on detached blocks with little run-off, and thus the routes dry fast.
For the same reason it's surprisingly warm in early spring (before the leaves) and late fall (after leaf-fall). In the dog-days of summer there is nearly 100% shade at the base, and frequently a good part of the route also (esp. on Pinnacle and Golden Wall) which makes it a good mid-summer crag as well!
The crag is made up of various rock types and is reminiscent to Rumney. Although there are bolts this is not a sport climbing area. A standard rack will be needed to climb many of the routes.
James Dickson and Jonathan Garlough discovered the crag and found no evidence of previous climbers. The Chinos Mountain Club returned and added several lines from late October - late November.
After hiking the Hall's Ledge Trail we were disappointed to find that there was no ledge on the actual trail. We decided to call the crag "Hall's Ledge" even though it is not actually on the Hall's Ledge Trail.
Getting ThereFrom North Conway drive north on 16 towards Mt. Washington. Park at the Rocky Branch Parking Area located about 1/2 mile north of Dana Place. The crag can be seen across the street from the parking lot (it doesn't look like much).
When the river is low: cross the highway and head down the bank to the Ellis. Cross the river and head straight up an obvious gully with boulders in it to the base of the crag. It will take about 15 minutes from the car to crag.
When the river is high: from the Rocky Branch Parking Area walk back south down the highway to the bridge and cross over the river. Hop the guardrail on the left (Hall's Ledge Trail Sign, down below...out of sight when driving on the highway). Follow the trail for 0.1 miles to a small field. Walk left (north) on a faint logging road staying on the ridge above the river. After about 5 +/- minutes the path curves around to the right and then climbs pretty much straight uphill, usually moving slightly left. (This approach is generally to the right of the gully-with-boulders used before about 2013). Even in dense summer foliage you should see the Pinnacle Block appear on your left. This approach will take approx. 25 min.
The dirty slab to the left has a couple of routes which were not really cleaned, but they do exist.
To get to the other areas hike steeply up along the far right of the Pinnacle Block area, after about 50-75 ft cut back left and after another 50-75 ft you are in a sort of "amphitheater". To get to the top of Upper Slabs and Cracks stay left and continue to the top of the slabs. (Rap in to STARTs of the climbs) Top get to Golden Wall and Magnum Block move right and up out of the "amphitheater" and you'll come to Golden Wall, Magnum Block is to the left, on the same level.
Classic Climbing Routes at Hall's Ledge
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