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Routes in Potash Cliff

Anopheles S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Black Dog T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Bunny Slope T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Double Diamonds T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
El Regalo S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Iron Cross S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Pulled Tooth S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sasquatch Hunting S 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Elevation: 998 ft
GPS: 43.375, -73.829 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady on Jun 13, 2014
Admins: Jim Lawyer
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This relatively small cliff offers a variety of good quality climbing, with both sport and trad routes. It is mostly south-facing, so gets daytime sun. However, there is plenty of tree shade and decent belay areas.

The rock is some variety of granite, with positive holds or cracks.

Getting There

From I-87, take exit 21, toward Lake Luzerne. Continue on 9N for about six miles, then turn right on Potash Road (just by Harris Grocery). Continue up Potash until you see the powerlines heading up a hill to the right. There is a climber's parking area on the right a short distance after you cross under the powerlines. Look for the "Narrow Bridge" sign, and turn right into a driveway that leads up to the climber's parking area.

From the parking area, walk uphill, trending right (there is a fairly distinct trail), until you cross under the powerlines and into the woods on the other side. Continue to follow the trail, and you will be at the crag in about 20 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Potash Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bunny Slope
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pulled Tooth
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
El Regalo
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Anopheles 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Bunny Slope 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Pulled Tooth 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
El Regalo 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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Does anyone know if the access situation is the same? There are 'No Trespassing' signs on the driveway and at the start of the trail. The trail register is still in place, however, which can be interpreted to mean that once you sign it you are no longer trespassing... Jul 25, 2017
The tricky part about access at Potash is that it's a small parcel of State land completely surrounded by private land (the state doesn't even have an easement or right of way for timber, fire, etc. as far as we could research). Because of this , the land owner that owns the parcel that you cross whether you hike the powerline or not, has asked climbers to park in the small lot as described in the latest edition of Adirondack Rock and sign in at the trail register (just be mindful of ruts and snowmelt during mud season). Thanks. -Doc Mar 29, 2015
The parking area under the powerlines is definitely closer, and we also used to park there. However, we were politely asked one day by the gentleman across the street not to park there, and to instead use the area up the road. Not sure if this is still the case, as we haven't been there in two years, but just thought we'd make a note of it.

Regardless of where you park, have a fun time out climbing! Sep 29, 2014
Easier approach: optional parking near the power lines. At the power lines on the west side of the road, look across the road and you can see the cliff. Follow the dirt road just left of the power lines uphill. This will put you directly under the power lines. Keep following the dirt road until the second set of power line poles right by 2 car-sized boulders. Just before the boulders, follow the path into the woods. There is a large cairn 20 feet in. Follow the path pretty much paralleling the road for 10 min. As of late sept 2014 there were lots of hornets and looked like many nests by climbs 5-9 or so. Also, the bridge is out at the moment, but that's okay because you do not need to cross it. Sep 28, 2014

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