Elevation: 144 ft
GPS: 43.488, -70.448 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ryan Christopher on Apr 26, 2018
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Description

Clifford Park is an amazing outdoor escape but not just for the climbing. If you visit Clifford Park it isn't just to climb. There are designated walking / trail-running loops that total 15 miles with many more unofficial trails that are frequented by mountain bikers and wildlife. Its even possible to link trails to Smith Preserve and down to Cape Porpoise. Gorham Bike and Ski runs weekly MTB rides and can help you find new trails (facebook.com/gbssaco/)

***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!

ROCK HISTORY
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 exploring to climb the blocky slabs of forgotten quarries. Happy exploring!

THE CLIMBING
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.

PEAK SEASON
The climbing season here is very similar to Pawtuckaway or any NE climbing. Early spring and late fall are prime to avoid the bugs.

Getting There

The approach is enjoyably short. There are two ways to access the park:

GENERAL ACCESS
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.

ROCK ACCESS
The Main Quarry is closest to the Community Bike Center (CBC) - http://communitybike.net/
Be courteous of this access point and get involved with their mission if you feel inspired. Park just after the CBC on Sheltra Ave and walk behind the CBC. 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 this 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 and from here you can access the best lines. **Approach Time - 10min**

See the Clifford Park Beta Map with general locations of climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Clifford Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1+ 5
 3
Magic Bean
Boulder
V1+ 5
 3
Sound the Alarm
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 3
Lady Slippers
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
Iron Spike
TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 3
Sea Legs
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Magic Bean
 3
V1+ 5 Boulder
Sound the Alarm
 3
V1+ 5 Boulder
Lady Slippers
 3
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Iron Spike
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Sea Legs
 3
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c TR
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