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Description

The Happy Valley and The Hideaway are two bouldering areas located in close proximity to each other. The rock is slightly crumbly gneiss; however, most holds are very solid. Most problems tend to be very fingery and the best climbs are V5 or above; however, there are many climbs at lower grades. Due to their hard to find nature, the areas tend to be fairly uncrowded, especially the Happy Valley.

Video (This shows most of the climbs at the Happy Valley)
vimeo.com/41614579.

Getting There

Park at the end of Dry Hill Road in Montague and hike in on confusing trails. The New England Bouldering guidebook offers a confusing description of how to get to both areas but it is certainly better than blindly searching in the woods. It is about 15 minutes to each area and about 10 minutes between the two.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Happy Valley and The Hideaway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 6
The Beanstalk
Boulder
V5 6C
 5
The Sleeping Giant
Boulder
V6 7A
 8
The Pocket Problem
Boulder
V7 7A+
 9
Tips Away (aka Tips Ahoy?)
Boulder
V7 7A+
 9
All the Way
Boulder
V7 7A+
 4
Book of Names
Boulder
V9- 7C
 12
Competitive Urge
Boulder
V9 7C
 3
The Balance Bar
Boulder
V10 7C+
 7
Y2K9
Boulder
V10 7C+
 3
Swisher Sweets
Boulder
V10 7C+
 5
Press Your Luck
Boulder
V10 7C+
 4
The Tempest
Boulder
V11 8A
 5
Sister's Savior
Boulder
V11+ 8A
 3
Brother's Keeper
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Beanstalk Happy Valley > Sleeping Giant Boulder
 6
V3 6A Boulder
The Sleeping Giant Happy Valley > Sleeping Giant Boulder
 5
V5 6C Boulder
The Pocket Problem Hideaway > Millenium Boulder
 8
V6 7A Boulder
Tips Away (aka Tips Ahoy?) Hideaway > Millenium Boulder
 9
V7 7A+ Boulder
All the Way Hideaway > Millenium Boulder
 9
V7 7A+ Boulder
Book of Names Happy Valley > Sleeping Giant Boulder
 4
V7 7A+ Boulder
Competitive Urge Happy Valley > Sleeping Giant Boulder
 12
V9- 7C Boulder
The Balance Bar Hideaway > Millenium Boulder
 3
V9 7C Boulder
Y2K9 Hideaway > Left Cliff Band (Y2K9…
 7
V10 7C+ Boulder
Swisher Sweets Hideaway > Left Cliff Band (Y2K9…
 3
V10 7C+ Boulder
Press Your Luck Happy Valley > Magic Bean Boulder
 5
V10 7C+ Boulder
The Tempest Happy Valley > Sleeping Giant Boulder
 4
V10 7C+ Boulder
Sister's Savior Happy Valley > Sleeping Giant Boulder
 5
V11 8A Boulder
Brother's Keeper Happy Valley > Sleeping Giant Boulder
 3
V11+ 8A Boulder
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Tim Waystrong
New Hampshire
Tim Waystrong   New Hampshire
Both of these areas are very easy to find as long as you can follow directions. Get the Tim Kemple New England bouldering guide, and it has a map of the entire area. Keep an eye on the map and your surroundings and you will find your way there no problem. There are quite a few cairns out there showing the way. The "big stump" isn't very big anymore and is also hidden by a lot of overgrowth. There is a nice cairn at the fork in the trail. Take the left trail for Happy Valley and the right trail for The Hideaway. Jun 21, 2014
Hey boulderers,

If you are reading this page, you might be interested to know that there is now a super complete and accurate guide app to these areas, right here: rakkup.com/guidebooks/monta….

The app also has the world's only guides to the Frost Giants and the Baby Zone. Both are in the same area as the HV and Hideaway, both have (really) good stuff, and neither have guides anywhere else on Earth. Truth. Plus we have super GPS maps to everywhere in the guide, so no getting lost in Montague ever again. Unless you like doing that, then go ahead and ignore our sweet map. Plus, all our beta is guaranteed to be super-mega accurate, unlike other sources that will remain anonymous and are rife with misinformation. If you don't believe me, check out our free sample through Rakkup. Seeing is believing.

It will only cost you $8 if you buy it through Rakkup. Full disclosure: I am a co-author. Super full disclosure: we are giving all of our author money to support the world's best co-op gym, The El Dojo in Northampton, MA. So I am not just grubbing for your money here. Our guide will take you to boulders, where you will then be happy. Sep 1, 2016
How far of a drive is it from here to Farley? Is it possible to do them both in a day? Jan 19, 2017
Anyone have thoughts on camping in the area? We are hoping to come down from VT for the weekend and would love to hear the good spots! Either near Happy Valley or Farley. Thanks! Apr 10, 2017
The Rakkup guide described by Jose, along side the guidebook, is the way to go when visiting the hideaway. I have been there twice. The trails are fine once you figure them out once, but boy is that fist time hard. This is where Rakkup comes in. It will guide you through the trails you need, but it doesn't help with the other ones out there.

If visiting in the winter, good luck. A March visit proved 2-10" of snow, with close to no boulders having a clean topout.

Many lines are quite good, with a few that get quite hard. Bring friends and extra pads, and with two days, one can get a full tour of all the sectors. Mar 21, 2018

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