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Baker Mountain Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Simon Thompson on Oct 11, 2011
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Baker Mountain is a small peak right outside Saranac Lake with a small cliff on its western flank that offers a nice quiet spot for top-roping and hanging out. Most of the climbs can be led with good protection as well. One of the major attractions of this cliff is that it has something for everybody(unless you climb harder than 5.12).

Getting There 

The trailhead is located on the NE side of Moody Pond. Starting on Rt 3 in Saranac Lake, driving toward Lake Placid, continue straight onto Brandy Brook Lane at the unconventional intersection near the NBT Bank. Cross the railroad tracks and turn left onto Pine St. After crossing the railroad tracks again turn right on Forest Hill Ave. Continue down Forest Hill Ave to Moody Pond and park on the far side near the trailhead.

Near the beginning, the trail splits and the main hiking trail(red markers) goes to the summit. The trail to get to the cliffs continues straight. Follow the trail for about 10 minutes to a small herd path(marked with a small cairn) on the left just past a marshy area. Follow the herd path for a couple minutes to reach the base of the cliff.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Baker Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Baker Mountain:
Baker Chimney   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 50'   
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TB or Not TB 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  New York : Adirondacks : ... : Baker Mountain
Climb a left-facing flake to a ledge with a good stance. Follow two cracks(the left one is formed by the huge block 25' up) to where they end and continue up to an overlap and the crack above it. Follow the crack to where it ends and continue on great face holds to the top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

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Rock Climbing Photo: The correct approach trail turns left at, the book...
The correct approach trail turns left at, the book...
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The correct trail to cliff, this what you should s...
Rock Climbing Photo: Steven St.Pierre at Baker Cliffs.   This is a Sara...
Steven St.Pierre at Baker Cliffs. This is a Sara...

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By Simon Thompson
From: New Paltz, NY
Oct 12, 2011
Be careful of loose rock on top of the cliff. Every time I've been there it seems to be a problem.
By Nicholas Orton
From: Saranac lake
May 23, 2017
Replaced the rap anchor on the big tree on the left side of the cliff. Good to go! Kinda have to swing in to that rap though its easy enough to walk off climbers right. I would not trust the Shrubs on the top of easy edge.
By Ian Dibbs
3 days ago
Approach beta ... when following the approach directions given here, and in Adirondack Rock guide book .... be warned, At typical hiking speeds, 8-10 min up the trail is a boggy area, with fallen trees, and a trail going left, which is NOT the cliff trail. Continue hiking uphill another 5 minutes to the correct trail, I posted a couple pictures which should help identify the correct trail ... and maybe save people a frustrating hour of playing "where's the cliff".

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