Elevation: 2,200 ft
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Shared By: John Halupowski on Sep 27, 2015
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Crawford Cliff is a steep HIGH quality granite slab. It's about 80' high, 40' wide and pitched about 75 degrees. Presently there are two trad/bolt lines and one sport route. There is also a smaller slab 75' to climbers right that has a fun sport route. The climbs are named after the Crawford family, who were some of the earliest settlers to this area.

There is a 2 bolt rap anchor at the top of the cliff that is shared for the 3 climbs on the face. Use this rap to cut down erosion on the climbers path. It is 8' back from the top out so bring something to extend the anchor if you want to top rope the climbs. You will need a directional for top roping Ethan Allen. The climb on the shorter face climber's right has a 2 bolt anchor and is also easily top-roped.

Lucy 63 and Abel 62 dry very quickly. There are several pools by the trail to help you cool off on a hot day.

Getting There

The top of Crawford Cliff has a nice view and a maintained trail.
There are two ways to approach the Crawford Cliff Trail. One is from Rt 302 and the other from Mt Clinton Rd. The approach is also in the AMC White Mountain Guide book.

From Rt 302 park near the AMC Highland Center and follow the Crawford Path for .2m to the Crawford Connector Trail on your left. Cross the bridge over Gibbs Brook and immediately take a right onto the Crawford Cliff Trail (sign).
From USFS parking lot on Mt Clinton Rd, (near the AMC Highland Center), cross the road and follow Crawford Connector Trail .4m to the Crawford Cliff sign just before the bridge crossing Gibbs Brook. Don't cross the bridge but take a left onto Crawford Cliff Trail.

Follow the trail another 15 minutes to the top of the cliff.

To get to the base of the cliff, there is a 2 bolt rap anchor at the cliffs top (preferred enviornmental approach), or walk back down the approach trail 70ft and look for a small cairn on the downhill side. Take a steep climbers trail (a few rock steps) downhill and right for about 150' (takes a minute or two). The first climb you'll pass is Hannah 5.9+ on a small slab 75' before the main face.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Crawford Cliff

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lucy 63
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Ethan Allen
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Abel 62
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lucy 63
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Ethan Allen
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Abel 62
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
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edward pinskey
Bethlehem NH
edward pinskey   Bethlehem NH
The route on the left looks fun. Finish it so we can get on that. The bottom looks moderate is it hard up top? Jun 8, 2016
John Halupowski
Intervale, N.H.
John Halupowski   Intervale, N.H.
It's consistent climbing bottom to top. Jun 8, 2016
edward pinskey
Bethlehem NH
edward pinskey   Bethlehem NH
Sweet I'm looking forward to it. Good job out there. Jun 9, 2016
Dhane Knakkergaard
Intervale, NH
Dhane Knakkergaard   Intervale, NH
What a gem! Routes are super fun, very engaging, and keep you on your toes. Check it out! Apr 26, 2017
Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
Robert Hall   North Conway, NH  
"Dropped up" to check it out. Too wet to climb so we left gear in the car. Big tree down has caused a steep side path on the hiking trail. Climber's path is steep. With the bolts on top, rapping down is probably the easiest and most environmental friendly way to reach the base, unless you're going to Hanna. Jul 1, 2018