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Nira Rock Urban Wild is a old, mostly undocumented area in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. It is managed by a non-profit group called Friends of Nira Rock and is free and open to the public. It is a puddingstone face with a variety of features and textures. There are currently two routes with bolted anchors, and it has the potential for many more routes, both toprope/sport and bouldering. It is an urban park, so beware of broken glass in and around the rocks.

Getting There

From Downtown Boston: take the Green Line to Heath St. Walk southeast on Heath St. Turn right on Schiller St. Turn right onto Minden St. Turn right onto Grotto Glen Rd. At the end of Grotto Glen Rd, follow the paved path to the rocks.

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Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
I bouldered the HELL out of this place while I lived in JP from 2012-2015. I'm sure I "put up" some lines.

Pretty sweet rock cropping to have in the city like that, and it's nestled in the trees and pretty quiet, normally you don't see anyone. For those who don't know, puddingstone is an interesting climbing experience. It's just like Hammond Pond here, but you can find some serious highball problems, and quite frankly it's what you might call "alpine bouldering" or "multi-pitch bouldering" because you climbing well above safe fall zone, often to a little ledge and then climb on to the top. Little solos really.

The section where there are bolts is pretty slick and ridiculous. Not too much fun, but yeah, suppose you could toprope that very technical section. As for the other easier spots, you actually could toprope them, as I recall a bunch of hidden two-bolt anchors everywhere... in addition to some trees.

Enjoy! and think of me, the former JP bouldering hound who wanted to write a little book about it. Email me for the location of a really old piton in JP that you find on a SUPER high bouldering problem. It's a 40 foot chimney problem. May 30, 2016
Hey, I bolted these routes in 2005:

Left to right:
5.10b
5.8
5.7

There were three bolted routes that I put in - fun climbing, needs cleaning.

Enjoy Aug 4, 2018
Tim McGivern
Medford, ma
Tim McGivern   Medford, ma
This not a “new” area by any stretch. There is a history of climbing in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury that goes back to the turn of the century. There used to be a lot more climbing in the area. Aug 5, 2018