Elevation: 439 ft
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Shared By: will ar on Feb 2, 2015 with updates from Chris Neil and 1 other
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Description

Auburn Ice Canyon is one of the few areas in the state that consistently forms up and is a convenient spot to get in some laps if you can't make the drive up to New Hampshire. Given the short approach, ease of setting up top ropes, and proximity to Boston, it can get quite crowded on the weekends and is popular with outdoor clubs. Routes can be up to almost 100' in length and can be led or toproped, but if leading, keep in mind that some climbs have interesting topouts. Plan on bringing long slings/extra cord for top rope anchors. The condition of the floor of the canyon can be pretty variable and make some routes difficult to climb.

Routes are ordered left to right as you are facing the concrete tunnel at the end of the canyon.

Getting There

Located off of Route 20 (take exit 10a if coming West on 90 from Boston), there are two approaches to the climbing area.

The traditional approach (which I have never used personally) is to park in the parking lot at the intersection of Route 20 and Greenwood St. and then walk down the drainage ditch. In the past, there have been access issues between climbers and the local businesses with using this approach.

Recently a sports complex has been built north of the canyon and offers parking with a 10 minute hike in. To reach this head north on Greenwood St from Route 20, take a left on Upland and make a left into the athletic fields (right next to Pakachoag Church). On the far end of the soccer fields is a trail leading off into the woods. At some point you will come to an intersection (take a left) and eventually pass through the open section in the fence. The top of the drainage/canyon is a few hundred feet further. Rap in or hike down canyon a little ways to walk in.

Per Jim Urbec new approach: From Greenwood Street northbound left on Southhold Street and follow all the way to top of hill and intersection of Curtis Street (right corner). New construction has extended Southhold Street. Park along park side of road and way to head of canyon.

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Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
Ah yes, the life saver that is Auburn Ice Canyon. This place RULES. May 30, 2016
matt baldelli
easthampton, ma
matt baldelli   easthampton, ma
Anyone know if this is in yet? Happy New Years! Dec 31, 2017
Jim Urbec
sevierville, TN
Jim Urbec   sevierville, TN
Totally in as of two days ago. Jan 4, 2018
Was there today 1/18 at 130, the floor is not safe, lots of running water. Need a good cold snap and should form up nice again. Jan 18, 2018
Guessing we need a good cold snap.... If anyone heads in there in the next few days, let me know how it's looking! thanks Jan 24, 2018