Elevation: 233 ft
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Shared By: Morgan Patterson on Oct 4, 2013 with improvements by Jesse Bryant
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Description

West Rock Ridge State Park is located across several towns in CT, New Haven, Hamden, and Woodbridge. The cliffs are part of the West Rock Dolerite formation, created 140-205 mya during the Jurassic period. While it is similar to the central basalt Traprock, it is not actually the same. The 400-to-700-foot West Rock Ridge is part of is known as the Metacomet Ridge, extending from Long Island Sound to the Vermont border. Climbing has occurred at West Rock State Park for many decades though recently, has had a bit of a resurgence in popularity due to some recent sport and mixed route development on the South End.

The climbing has traditionally occurred in two places along the ridge, the south end and the large quarry north of the Merritt Parkway. Both areas face West and heat up quite a bit on sunny days making for great winter/cold weather climbing destination.

The south end hosts the majority of the recent development, route-wise with the largest documented sport and mixed lead climbs in the state. The south end is slightly off angle making most of the routes slab with exception of the old quarry on the southern tip which is entirely sport.

It is recommended any climbing in the quarry on the north be belayed from the top and any climber wear multiple helmets and even shoulder pads. Your rope can easily dislodge large flakes and blocks and recent visitors have found this out the hard way. While the cliffs soar almost 300ft and cause the mind to wander, it's a sketchy area. Take all precautions you can but understand that might not be enough if some kids decide to trundle some boulders off the top. There are reportedly some trad lines in this area but we have no record of them as of now.

 WEAR YOUR HELMET AT ALL TIMES, FROM FIELD TO CLIFFS!

 LOOSE ROCK AND PEOPLE THROWING ROCKS OFF THE TOP ARE COMMON.


DEEP Enforcement/Police will be called for large rockfall in the area. You could be ticketed for disorderly conduct for creating a hazards situation, as has been experienced by one fine New Haven resident, even though he wasn't even man with his hand on the trigger.

Getting There

From the Merritt Parkway take exit 59 and travel south on Whalley Ave (rt 69). Take a left onto Emerson St and then a right onto Valley St. As you drive down valley take notice of the cliffs above the houses...from here you can see the paint stripe which ruined an otherwise great climb. As the road turns away from the cliffs a large parking lot on your left should be visible. Park at the back left of the lot near the foot bridge. Cross the bridge, cross the baseball field and follow trails up towards the cliff. The trail heads uphill and right then along the second tier follow a trail that traverses under the cliffs. Look for a cairn or two headed up to some 4th class scramble. Negotiate your way up the ledge to whatever climb you want.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Rock State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 6
Trapped in the Creek
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 29
Tax Evasion Haven
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 37
Nickel And Dime
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
That 70 Show
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 32
Crackrock Corner
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 25
Psychonautics
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 36
Happiness Is a Warm Drill
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 15
30 Seconds to All Night
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 10
Cloud Surfing
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 28
The People's Rock
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 10
West Rock Crack
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 21
Slightly Removed
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 11
The Tree of Life
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 4
Scifentology
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 3
Winning and Losing
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Trapped in the Creek S Buttress > Ball Field Slabs
 6
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Tax Evasion Haven S Buttress > Old Quarry Walls
 29
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Nickel And Dime S Buttress > Ball Field Slabs
 37
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
That 70 Show S Buttress > Ball Field Slabs
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Crackrock Corner S Buttress > Old Quarry Walls
 32
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Psychonautics S Buttress > Old Quarry Walls
 25
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Happiness Is a Warm Drill S Buttress > Old Quarry Walls
 36
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
30 Seconds to All Night S Buttress > Ball Field Slabs
 15
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Cloud Surfing S Buttress > Old Quarry Walls
 10
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The People's Rock S Buttress > Old Quarry Walls
 28
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
West Rock Crack S Buttress > Ball Field Slabs
 10
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Slightly Removed S Buttress > Old Quarry Walls
 21
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Tree of Life S Buttress > Old Quarry Walls
 11
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Scifentology S Buttress > Old Quarry Walls
 4
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Winning and Losing S Buttress > Old Quarry Walls
 3
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport, TR
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