1 Sunset Rock Rock Climbing
This is the northern-most crag on Bradley Mtn, thus I've named it "01___"
It is home to one of the few free-standing pinnacles in the Northeast. Nichols lists some 59 routes on Sunset Crag in his "Blue Book", while the 1st ed. "Green Book" has diagrams which should be helpful for locating climbs.
This outcrop has been climbed on since the 1930's; however, since View Road and its houses went in the area has fallen into disuse. (DO NOT ACCESS by parking on View Road.)
There's some broken glass from the "natives", and ratings are a bit "old School". I'd visit Sunrise rock first; much cleaner, although there are some worthy routes on Sunset.
Park on Ledge Road, about 1/2 mile south of View Rd. where there's a very small pull-out on the west side. (alternately, park at the Plainville Reservoir parking; see Fire Wall for instructions on obtaining parmit; and walk back north on Ledge Rd to the trailhead.
Look on the east side of the road for the path; there may be a bit of wetness crossing the drainage ditch.
See "Bradley Mtn Sketch Map": Hike up the path, which shortly makes a 90-degree turn left, then 90-degree right and climbs up somewhat steeply. When the path flattens out, look for a less worn path that crosses at 90-degrees. Take this to the left (north) past a small pond, and continue on to the crag.
Climbing Season For the Central Valley area.
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For 1 Sunset Rock
Evil Spirits 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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This is route # 36 in the Blue Book. Find the free-standing pinnacle. The route Early Show climbs the left-facing corner left of the pinnacle; Evil Spirits climbs the face 5 ft left of Early Show, finishing on the crack. My notes say: "Stepping left = 5.8+ RX" Sorry, the notes were made years ago [8/30/98] so I'm not sure exactly the context....[more] Browse More Classics in Connecticut