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Elevation: 505 ft 154 m
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Bolton has some of the most underrated and unknown bouldering in Vermont. Often overlooked because of nearby Smugglers' Notch, many a good day can be had in the lost woods of Bolton.

Recently, with increased popularity and climate change bringing good conditions lasting later into the season, landowners have felt the strain and are losing patience with allowing climbers to access their properties. Climbers have been parking with cars illegally blocking the lane of travel on the Notch Road and in some cases in the driveways of the owners of the boulders. Music, loud noise, dogs, excess chalk, and litter have further strained the situation. When visiting these areas, please show your gratitude to the landowners for continuing to allow access and keep the noise down, clean up after yourself, and park well off the road, even if it means having to walk and extra five minutes. 

Camel's Hump State Forest, being public land and open to climbers, offers the most secure access - this includes the Honey Hollow boulders, the Bog boulders, the Pit boulders, and the Ramones boulders.

When posting new boulders to Bolton, please consider the access situation. There are several boulders still not listed on this page which are very close to homes, have sensitive approaches which straddle tract boundaries, have extremely limited parking, and are very visible. If you have not taken the time to be sure of the issues and area may present, try to do so before posting or consider not posting at all - ask the area admins or CRAG-VT for assistance. Some of these areas have been seeing increased attention as of late but cannot handle the level of attention other areas in Bolton have been seeing. Many areas in New England outside Vermont have long-standing traditions of limited documentation and word-of-mouth as part of agreements with landowners or as a general understanding among the community as a means to protect access. 

Bolton bouldering is an amazing resource but it doesn't not come without it's issues. When visiting, be a good steward of both our community and these beautiful hills.

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30 minute drive from Burlington.

234 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bolton Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0-1 4+
 13
Warmup Slab
Boulder
V2 5+
 11
Worker Bee
Boulder
V2 5+
 13
Slabby Problem
Boulder
V2 5+
 10
Slabby Problem Extension
Boulder
V3 6A
 18
Frantic Searching
Boulder
V3 6A
 25
The Sharks Fin
Boulder
V3 6A
 4
Sharks Fin Extended
Boulder
V4 6B
 15
Honey
Boulder
V4 6B
 9
Daddy Long Legs
Boulder
V4 6B
 9
Seven Days on the Wagon
Boulder
V4 6B
 10
Alien Arete
Boulder
V5- 6C
 34
Kook
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
 6
Goatz
Boulder
V10 7C+
 6
Roof of Rumors Right
Boulder
V11 8A
 6
Roof of Rumors
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Warmup Slab Bolton Notch Rd… > Kook Boulder
 13
V0-1 4+ Boulder
Worker Bee Honey Hollow Bo… > Honey Hollow River Bo…
 11
V2 5+ Boulder
Slabby Problem Bolton Notch Rd… > Kook Boulder
 13
V2 5+ Boulder
Slabby Problem Extension Bolton Notch Rd… > Kook Boulder
 10
V2 5+ Boulder
Frantic Searching Bolton Notch Rd… > Kook Boulder
 18
V3 6A Boulder
The Sharks Fin Upper W Bouldering > Boulders North > Shark Boulder
 25
V3 6A Boulder
Sharks Fin Extended Upper W Bouldering > Boulders North > Shark Boulder
 4
V3 6A Boulder
Honey Honey Hollow Bo… > Honey Hollow River Bo…
 15
V4 6B Boulder
Daddy Long Legs Beneath the Bog… > Arachnophobia Boulder
 9
V4 6B Boulder
Seven Days on the Wagon Honey Hollow Bo… > Cave Area > Cave Boulder
 9
V4 6B Boulder
Alien Arete Bolton Notch Rd… > Alien Boulder
 10
V4 6B Boulder
Kook Bolton Notch Rd… > Kook Boulder
 34
V5- 6C Boulder
Goatz Honey Hollow Bo… > Honey Hollow River Bo…
 6
V6-7 7A+ Boulder
Roof of Rumors Right Bolton Notch Rd… > Roof of Rumors boulder
 6
V10 7C+ Boulder
Roof of Rumors Bolton Notch Rd… > Roof of Rumors boulder
 6
V11 8A Boulder
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