Whitestone Cliffs Rock Climbing
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DescriptionThis crag is found in the Mattatuck State Forest east of Rt. 8. It comprised of five main crags. The rock is good quality gneiss with trad and TR routes ranging from 5.3 - 5.11. Climbers have been visiting Whitestone since the 1930s and as such many of the routes have long histories.
Getting ThereFrom Route 8 (North or South) take Exit 37 and turn onto Rt. 262 East. Cross the Naugatuck River and turn right onto Waterbury Rd. at the T junction. Take the first left onto Spruce Brook Rd. In 1.3 miles, look for a pull-off on the left that holds about 5-6 cars. GPS Coordinates: (N 41.61893, W 73.04962) .
BEWARE of the protruding rock in the center of the parking area!
Cross the and head up a rocky jeep trail. After about 100 yards, look for a right turn onto the blue-blazed Whitestone Cliffs Trail . After a couple more minutes, the trail crests a rise and, as it starts downhill, takes a (off the jeep trail) sharply downhill to a brook. Cross the small wooden bridge and follow the blue blazes uphill until the trail becomes a rock scramble (about 10 minutes from parking).
, turn left and follow the wall for the Right Side climbs, the base of Main Slab, or the Lower Lower Cliff.
Continue on the hiking trail up the rock and then take a left on a faint climbers trail to reach the top of Main Slab or Lower Cliff.
The approach is approx. 1/2 mile and it takes about 20 minutes to reach any of the areas.
Classic Climbing Routes at Whitestone Cliffs
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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