Elevation: 102 ft
GPS: 42.63095, -70.66814
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Shared By: Old Timer on Apr 15, 2013
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Description

Dogtown's 3600 acres reside within the borders of Gloucester and Rockport. It has an interesting and mysterious history since its founding in the late1600's.The original settlement provided an inland location with refuge from pirates and native tribes who frequented the area. At its peak, between the years 1750-1800, about 100 families lived here, eking out an existence by farming and timbering the rugged, rocky landscape. Around 1800, many of the settlers left and moved closer to the coast seeking work in the fishing industry. The original settlements were abandoned, opening the area to an array of social outcasts including vegabonds, squatters, alleged witches and feral dogs who transformed this place into a spooky, haunted, no-mans' land. The last of those colorful characters left Dogtown in the 1830's and all houses were razed by 1845. During the Great Depression, Roger Babson, a millionaire and founder of Babson College, commissioned unemployed stonecutters to carve inspirational inscriptions like "Get A Job" and "If Work Stops, Values Decay." into dozens of boulders scattered across the terrain. Fortunately, the recession of the last ice age randomly deposited hundreds of glacial erratics throughout the tangled woods. Those granite blocks await the adventurous boulderer willing to leave the trails and become a part of the history and legend of Dogtown.

Getting There

Take Route 128 to the Grant Circle Rotary. Take Rt.127 towards Annisquam, then take your first right off 127, and your first left onto Cherry Street. Follow to the parking lot.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Dogtown

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V0+ 4+
 7
Spiritual Power Crack
Boulder
V1 5
 3
The Pool Hill Arete
Boulder
V1 5
 7
Easy Arete (Unnamed)
Boulder
V2 5+
 3
Pulpit Flake
Boulder
V3 6A
 7
The Vice
Boulder
V3 6A
 6
Upper Crack Traverse
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 4
Identity Theft
Boulder
V4 6B
 5
Talisman
Boulder
V5 6C
 3
Unreal Numbers
Boulder
V5 6C
 5
Lichen Lorax
Boulder
V5 6C
 4
5. Prime Rib
Boulder
V5+ 6C+
 3
Edge of Reality
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 3
Pulpit Slab
Boulder
V6- 7A
 4
Gun Shot Arete
Boulder
V6 7A
 4
Pulpit Arete
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Spiritual Power Crack Spiritual Power Boulder
 7
V0+ 4+ Boulder
The Pool Hill Arete Pool Hill Forest > Swamp Boulders > Shark Fin Boulder
 3
V1 5 Boulder
Easy Arete (Unnamed) Rifle Range Bou… > Bullet Boulder
 7
V1 5 Boulder
Pulpit Flake Peter's Pulpit
 3
V2 5+ Boulder
The Vice Rifle Range Bou… > Bullet Boulder
 7
V3 6A Boulder
Upper Crack Traverse Rifle Range Bou… > Bullet Boulder
 6
V3 6A Boulder
Identity Theft Meat Cleaver Boulders
 4
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Talisman Rifle Range Bou… > White Boulder
 5
V4 6B Boulder
Unreal Numbers Wine Brook > Orange Trail Bo… > Orange Splot Boulder
 3
V5 6C Boulder
Lichen Lorax Pool Hill Forest > Beast Boulder
 5
V5 6C Boulder
5. Prime Rib Gravel Pit Boulder
 4
V5 6C Boulder
Edge of Reality Dory Rd Boulders > Cell Tower Boulder
 3
V5+ 6C+ Boulder
Pulpit Slab Peter's Pulpit
 3
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
Gun Shot Arete Rifle Range Bou… > Gun Shot Boulder
 4
V6- 7A Boulder
Pulpit Arete Peter's Pulpit
 4
V6 7A Boulder
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