1. End Crags Rock Climbing
Finishing up Layback. Photo by Ethan Phelps.
The End Crags is a small climbing area on the far left side of Crow Hill. The wall is just over 30 feet tall, and contains a number of short, moderate leads and one 5.10 top rope. The area is popular with beginners, and the cracks and corners stay wet for quite a while during the spring and after a rain. There is a large gully to the left of the wall where the Midstate Trail goes to the top of the cliffs (and makes for a convenient descent trail from the top of the climbs).
To reach the End Crags from the gravel climber's parking lot, follow the trail to the point where it intersects the wall at the Green Corner and turn left. Scramble up past the cave and down to the End Crags. If approaching from the lower parking lot on the Midstate Trail, the End Crags will be the first wall that you see.
Weather station 5.3 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in 1. End Crags
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 1. End Crags:
Layback 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 32'
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End Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Massachusetts
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The crux is probably near the bottom, where getting up the corner and onto the face is just a little tricky. But it all seemed pretty much evenly 5.5 to me, unless you go too far right and try to get over the cave near the top. That is more challenging, and probably is off-route.It's fun but short, and you can try different variations once you have the top rope set up. Just be aware of the pendulum if you climb far left of the anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in Massachusetts