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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

For the K: Northern Region area.

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['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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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up, CC is on far left near corner. Front o...

Cure Cottage 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  New York : Adirondacks : ... : Baker Mountain
Climb up the good crack with the starting feet cut back into the cliff. Work your way into the corner and mantle up onto the big block. Top out by climbing up and right through a slanting dihedral that gets dirtier towards the top.Spectacular variation breaks left once you mount the block. Thin traverse with very thin feet into a small corner. Turn the corner left onto a wider crack that is part of a roof that juts out into space. Mantle up and into a crack that runs to the top. This was recentl...[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...
Rock Climbing Photo: The correct trail to cliff, this what you should s...
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
Jul 18, 2017
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".
By Ian Dibbs
Aug 15, 2017
The (excellent) new anchor mentioned by Orton is on, the tree of the main descent point. The tree serves the main face (TB or not TB, Cure Cottage), the tree is a monster and is "bomber". The tree is on the same ledge as top of Easy Edge, if you seek an easy way up.
By Ian Dibbs
Sep 5, 2017
If rapping off of draws, off of the bolts on the "main ledge", (TB Cottage Cure) ..... the rap goes over the protrusion to the left of Cottage Cure and is free hanging. It's position makes an excellent "photo-op" .... if you want a great climbing picture ...

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