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Shared By: chinos on Jul 31, 2016
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Jackson Crag is now a pretty cool outing! In the early 90's the crag was briefly visited and a few quality routes were done. The crag has finally been brought to life and offers a variety of routes. Most of the routes are sport, but some gear is needed on a couple routes. The crag is broken into a few different sectors scattered along the hillside each of which provides a different style of climbing. Most sectors go into the shade in the early afternoon. A stick clip is recommended due to the blocky nature of the base of the cliff. This crag combined with Eagle Mountain Cliff (5 min) makes for an excellent weekend.

Check out the Eagle Mountain House Hotel for lodging, drinks, and food!

Getting There

From Jackson Village drive north on Carter Notch Road for 0.8 miles to the Eagle Mountain House Inn on the left. Pull in the main entrance and park in the highest tier on the left by the wood line.
From the parking area look for the Eagle Mountain sign. Follow the road for 150 yards to a junction. Take a right at the Eagle Mountain sign and follow the trail uphill staying left at a barn on top of the hill. Follow the trail for about a half a mile to a small vernal pool. Stay on the trail to the right and follow it passing a few short rocky outcrops. Continue uphill for 200 yards to a short talus hill with a cairn at the base. (The left edge of Eagle Mountain Crag can be seen to the right of the trail). Take a left and follow a climbers trail with cairns down into a ravine with rock outcrops scattered around the woods for about 5 minutes until you reach a small stream. Follow the stream downhill around a small outcrop with sap lines and the crag will be visible to the right. The trail will lead you to the base of the Vlad Wall/Sap Wall area on the left side of the lower tier. Total approach time is about 25-30 minutes.

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Please respect the developers and stay off the few Red Tag projects that are close to being done, Thanks Aug 1, 2016
Spiders! Spiders everywhere! Big ones, little ones, all sizes and shapes! Much thanks to the Chinos for developing another sport area. Fun, if short, climbs. Stays in the shade most of the day due to the forest. Could easily link this and Eagle Mtn cliff in a day. Aug 29, 2016
Some really nice climbs that would benefit from more climbers. The trail to Jackson is virtually non-existent after the Eagle Mountain turn off and could do with more foot traffic, and a clean up. Maybe consider taking your time on the route down and back to build an additional cairn or move some sticks.

There is a good bit of poison ivy growing on the "path" to the lower left of El Wall, right at the base of the fixed line to Upper Tier and the top the "path" (which is sketchy A.F.) up to El Wall from Sap/Vlad wall.

If you're heading out that way consider bringing a pair of junky work gloves and pulling it. I will bring some next time I am out this way. Jul 31, 2017
Dhane Knakkergaard
Intervale, NH
Dhane Knakkergaard   Intervale, NH
As an alternative to the above mentioned approach I have found that bushwacking after the vernal pool tends to cut 10 minutes off the process and eliminates some elevation +/-. There is a small, pre-existing cairn right after you pass the vernal pool. Cut left into the woods hugging the hillside as you pass a small notch in the land. After the notch, keep hugging the hillside until you pop out at a flatter, rocky area with a ton of down trees.With no leaves, you should be able to see the cliff directly in front of you. Keep tromping on, trending down, until you see the sap lines on your left. May 1, 2018