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Routes in Hayes Mountain

Elevation: 2,135 ft
GPS: 43.867, -73.917 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jim Lawyer on Mar 1, 2013
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Description

This area is described in Adirondack Rock (page 543) with a couple adventure routes. It has become an excellent destination for ice climbs up to 400'.

The tall, main cliff faces south and gets sun-baked, so early season is best. Aim for super cold, sunny days. If it's too baked, there is a shorter, north-facing wall to the left which holds ice until late season.

The cliff was explored for rock climbing by Jay Harrison. He also put up the first ice route, Sans Défaillance, at the top of the gully that separates the north-facing wall from the main face.

Getting There

From Scroon Lake, go west on Hoffman Road, then right onto Loch Muller Road. Drive to the end and park (don't block the plow turnaround). Follow the road for 5 minutes to where it bends right, then go straight through a gate onto a dirt road. Follow this past a house to where it joins a trail. Follow the trail to Bailey Pond, about 1 hour.

Cross Bailey Pond to its southwest corner, then continue southwest, going gently uphill, to reach the cliff 30 minutes later.

Skis work well (but are a pain for the last 20 minute bushwhack). Snowshoes also work; both take about the same time.

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Historical anecdote: Todd & I broke a deep, heavy trail to Hayes on the day we put up Sans Défaillance. Lawyer & Co. had it easy the next day!
Beta: Hayes gets a lot of sun, does not have a huge drainage above it, so what it really requires is optimum freeze/thaw temps without too much sun. Both Jim's and my visit were on sunny days just after an excellent series of cloudy, mildly-cold weather in February. Early season is probably not the best time to go. Jan 23, 2018
Jim Lawyer    
Ha ha! When Tad and I first visited, we were very surprised to find a broken trail. It was coincidental that two completely unrelated parties visited the cliff 1 day apart! On that first day, though, the "big" routes on the main wall were not in, so we opted for Mhard For Life, a dry-tool route. I returned on three more occasions over several seasons and with various people, each time with full privilege of breaking trail.

Most of the big routes got done early season, so I'm not sure I agree with Feb beta. Jan 23, 2018

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