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Crawford Cliff Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 2,200'
Location: 44.22361, -71.40518 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: John Halupowski on Sep 27, 2015
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Crawford Cliff is a steep HIGH quality granite slab. It's about 80' high, 40' wide and pitched about 75 degrees. Presently there are two trad/bolt lines and one sport route. There is also a smaller slab 75' to climbers right that has a fun sport route. The climbs are named after the Crawford family, who were some of the earliest settlers to this area.

There is a 2 bolt rap anchor at the top of the cliff that is shared for the 3 climbs on the face. It is 8' back from the top out so bring something to extend the anchor if you want to top-rope the climbs. The climb on the shorter face has a 2 bolt anchor and is also easily top-roped.

Lucy 63 and Abel 62 dry very quickly.

Getting There 

The top of Crawford Cliff has a nice view and a maintained trail.
There are two ways to approach the Crawford Cliff Trail. One is from Rt 302 and the other from Mt Clinton Rd. The approach is also in the AMC White Mountain Guide book.

From Rt 302 park near the AMC Highland Center and follow the Crawford Path for .2m to the Crawford Connector Trail on your left. Cross the bridge over Gibbs Brook and immediately take a right onto the Crawford Cliff Trail (sign).
From USFS parking lot on Mt Clinton Rd, (near the AMC Highland Center), cross the road and follow Crawford Connector Trail .4m to a bridge crossing Gibbs Brook. Don't cross the bridge but take a left onto Crawford Cliff Trail (sign).

Follow the trail another 15 minutes to the top of the cliff.

To get to the base of the cliff, there is a 2 bolt rap anchor at the cliffs top, or walk back down the approach trail 70ft and look for a small cairn on the downhill side. Take a steep climbers trail (a few rock steps) downhill and right for about 200 feet. The first climb you'll pass is Hannah 5.9+ on a small slab 75' before the main face.

Climbing Season

For the WM: Crawford Notch area.

Weather station 3.8 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 Crawford Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crawford Cliff:
Ethan Allen   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Lucy 63   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 80'   
Abel 62   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the crux on the FA

Abel 62 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  New Hampshire : WM: Crawford Notch : Crawford Cliff
The centerpiece of the cliff. It's a great climb that will keep you thinking. Climb past the first 3 bolts at around 5.9. The next 3 bolts protect the sustained crux, up a thin vertical seam. Finish the crux and go right to a small ramp (bomber medium wire). Continue up then to the left-most exit cracks (which take great pro).Abel Crawford was the first to settle in the notch in about 1793....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

Photos of Crawford Cliff Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Gibbs Brook near the cliff.
BETA PHOTO: Gibbs Brook near the cliff.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sign by the bridge.
BETA PHOTO: Sign by the bridge.
Rock Climbing Photo: A little local history.
BETA PHOTO: A little local history.

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By edward pinskey
From: bethlehem NH
Jun 8, 2016
The route on the left looks fun. Finish it so we can get on that. The bottom looks moderate is it hard up top?
By John Halupowski
From: Intervale, N.H.
Jun 8, 2016
The bottom can be tricky unless you figure out the right sequence, then it's pretty cool. The route feels like it has three cruxes, each harder than the next, with nice rest in between.
By edward pinskey
From: bethlehem NH
Jun 9, 2016
Sweet I'm looking forward to it. Good job out there.
By Dhane Knakkergaard
From: Intervale, NH
Apr 26, 2017
What a gem! Routes are super fun, very engaging, and keep you on your toes. Check it out!

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