Hall'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 There

From 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.

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joshua corbett
Wolfeboro NH
joshua corbett   Wolfeboro NH
Ha the chinos did it again Nov 27, 2012
This is a sweet, wind sheltered crag bathing in the sun with something for everyone. By the way, where's my damn t-shirt? Nov 27, 2012
Whoa, that looks like a sweet place. Way to go CMC! Dec 4, 2012
Climbed here over the weekend. A great early season crag with lots of sun! All the routes were dry as well! Apr 22, 2013
Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
Robert Hall   North Conway, NH  
Took a look Aug 31st, although cloudy and rainy it looked to me as if this cliff would have only afternoon sun. We took the "land route" and it was well flagged. Toughest part was finding the Hall's Ledge Trailhead as the sign is NOT visible from the road.(It starts at the So. East corner of the Rt 16 bridge over the Ellis.)
First time there and got a bit confused by the fact that the left side of the Tequila Sunrise crack (on Pinnacle Block) looks just like Moby Grape's Finger of Fate, while ANOTHER climb (Hall's Horror), on a different block ("Slabs & Cracks" area) describes looking for a feature that looks like the Finger of Fate. It was a bit confusing for a while.
It would have helped if the trail description specified which area you came to first ( it's Pinnacle Block).
Otherwise, looks like a neat place worthy of another visit. Aug 31, 2013
John Halupowski
Intervale, N.H.
John Halupowski   Intervale, N.H.
Nice area, interesting rock, fun routes, and beautiful wild flowers (Dutchman's Breeches, Trilliums, Wood Sorrels, Yellow Violets) in bloom now. All are very near the crags bases, so watch where you step:) May 14, 2014
Great little spot with a good variety of short but sweet climbs. After having gone there a handful of times, though, I'd recommend just taking the trail from the corner of the bridge and not trying to cross the Ellis. The banks are pretty steep and while it's possible to hop rocks across when the river's lower it's not really worth the distance you save. Oct 13, 2014