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Submitted By: Jay Knower on Apr 11, 2012
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The Davis Boulders, with some work, might become a central New Hampshire bouldering destination. There are hundreds of boulders scattered near the trail on the way up to Goodrich Rock. Some of the boulders have been cleaned and climbed, and they have yielded about forty problems so far. There are many more problems waiting to be unearthed by those with vision and creativity and a willingness to put in the work.

The rock is granite, with medium-sized crystals. This makes for sharp crimps but amazing slopers. Emmanuel Hudon described this area as "Like Pawtuckaway, but on a hill."

Because there are so many boulders, the heights vary, from extreme lowballs to scary highballs. The granite generally lacks holds. You can look at this as a detraction, as the area might not yield a high concentration of problems. But, the problems that do exist stand in stark contrast to the blank faces surrounding them. And the relative dearth of holds produces very technical yet powerful climbing. Aretes and corners seem to be the area's specialty.

Maybe the two mile approach will relegate this area to obscurity. That's for the better, I suppose, as the Davis Boulders have a peaceful aura about them. They're just sitting up there, high on a hillside in the White Mountains, beside a stream, on the way to Goodrich Rock.

Getting There 

Follow the signs. From the parking lot, it is just over a mile of flat terrain to access the Goodrich Rock Trail head, and another half mile up well groomed trail to reach the boulders.


The Davis Boulders have been separated into four areas:

As you're walking uphill, The Lower Davis Area begins at the Midway Boulder and extends to the stream crossing. The Central Davis Area begins at the Corridor Boulders and ends at the Shallow Corner Boulders. The Upper Davis Boulder Area includes all the bouldering around and past The Old Old Wooden Ship.

Discovery Valley is not located on the trail, but can be found about 300 yards north northeast of the Corridor Boulders.

Climbing Season

For the WM: Waterville Valley area.

Weather station 9.7 miles from here

51 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Davis Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Davis Boulders:
Yellow Blazes   V1 5     Boulder   Central Davis : Corridor Boulders
Tomahawk   V2+ 5+     Boulder   Discovery Valley : The Discovery Boulder
Circle Circle   V4 6B     Boulder   Central Davis : Corridor Boulders
Mayhem   V5 6C     Boulder   Central Davis : Mayhem Boulder
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Featured Route For Davis Boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Sticking the throw on Mayhem

Mayhem V5 6C  New Hampshire : WM: Waterville Valley : ... : Mayhem Boulder
Awesome. There’s no question as to where the line is. Grab the only big hold on the whole face, a sidepull, and paste your feet on the wall. Match on the sidepull and gun to the lip. The topout is a bit heady, but it's classic. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Dec 11, 2012
Here is Seann McArdle sending Circle Circle, Widowmaker, and Mayhem:

By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Oct 11, 2015
I lost an Organic chalk bag here late this past week. I think it's probably unlikely that anyone will find it because I lost it while buswhacking around looking for Discovery Valley. But, if anyone happens to find it, I would be eternally grateful for its return. I'm happen to describe the contents and pay for shipping back to me. Thanks.

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