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Highland Lake

Connecticut > CT Bouldering > Burr Pond SP / Paugnu…

Description

Tucked just out of sight from the water’s edge at Highland Lake, this former campground area in a discontinuous parcel of Burr Pond State Forest has some truly unique slab climbing, featuring wide pinch rails, horizontal cracks and rippling slopers. There are a handful of very good pink granitic gneiss boulders among the slabs.

Almost completely undeveloped, so bring your brushes.  As far as I’m aware, there is no documented climbing history on any of these, despite how crowded Highland Lake can get in the summer. Legal access. Close enough to the lake that boat traffic is audible.

Getting There

Park at the gravel pull-off at the southwestern end of West Wakefield Road, and bushwhack west to the SE-facing slope.  There are no established trails and the low ground between the parking and the climbing is mostly overgrown and seasonally swampy.

The lake can get very crowded during the summer, and the parking can fill up fast - there is a public trail that leads to the water’s edge across the street.  Alternate parking on Mountain Road.

Routes from Left to Right

V0 4
 1
Fox Food
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Fox Food
 1
V0 4 Boulder

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Overhanging boulder face at the toe of the slabs
[Hide Photo] Overhanging boulder face at the toe of the slabs
The slabs are in a staircase-like configuration up the hillside.
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Highland Lake on a foggy morning just after Labor Day when summer crowds have cleared out
[Hide Photo] Highland Lake on a foggy morning just after Labor Day when summer crowds have cleared out
This one-of-a-kind slab is 5 minutes to the parking, and quite spicy.  Approximately 18' tall
[Hide Photo] This one-of-a-kind slab is 5 minutes to the parking, and quite spicy. Approximately 18' tall