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Routes in Hayes Mountain

Elevation: 2,135 ft
GPS: 43.867, -73.917 Google Map · Climbing Map
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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