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The Friends of Clifford Park regularly run trail maintenance days and coordinate with local landowners. If you have access issues please work through them.
***Clifford Park has a bad reputation for trash, broken glass, and the occasional squatter. Just be safe, pick up some trash if you can, and have a great time!
The rocks follow two main granite veins which cross the park East to West. These granite rocks were part of a multitude of quarries dating back to the 1800s. The largest collection of mines belonged to the Andrews Quarries which were most active in 1886. Biddeford granite was used in construction of the military forts near Portland, the Lincoln Monument in Illinois, and multiple bridge foundations in NYC. There is frequent quarry / mining evidence throughout the park and it makes for some fun climbing around blocky slabs of forgotten quarries. Happy exploring!
The most appealing climbs with the least amount of lichen have been posted here, but if you are eager to get scrubbing or climb harder routes there are more climbs out there to find.
The climbing season here is very similar to Pawtuckaway or any NE climbing. Early spring and late fall are prime to avoid the bugs.
The approach is enjoyably short. There are two ways to access the park:
Type Clifford Park in your phone and park in the main parking lot near the playground. For climbing, head into the park and West - walking the "Black Loop" counter-clockwise. If you are here for biking, running, or dog-walking... go wherever.
The Main Quarry is closest to Apex Youth Connection - apexyouthconnection.org/
Be courteous of this access point and get involved with their mission if you feel inspired. Park just after Apex on Sheltra Ave and walk behind Apex. Head past the gate towards the park. Head right, bearing 45deg, to the uphill path. At the top of the hill, the trail splits left and should lead to a prominent spray-painted boulder. Past the boulder is an obvious boulder field that crosses the Main Quarry. Scramble across this boulder field and top out. Go right and walk the cliffs to the end. This is the highest TR line in the park (mountainproject.com/route/1…) and from here you can access the best lines. **Approach Time - 10min**
See the Clifford Park Beta Map with general locations of climbs
Classic Climbing Routes at Clifford Park
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