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Happy Valley and The Hideaway Rock Climbing 

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The Happy Valley and The Hideaway are two bouldering areas located in close proximity to each other. The rock is slightly crumbly gneiss; however, most holds are very solid. Most problems tend to be very fingery and the best climbs are V5 or above; however, there are many climbs at lower grades. Due to their hard to find nature, the areas tend to be fairly uncrowded, especially the Happy Valley.

Video (This shows most of the climbs at the Happy Valley)

Getting There 

Park at the end of Dry Hill Road in Montague and hike in on confusing trails. The New England Bouldering guidebook offers a confusing description of how to get to both areas but it is certainly better than blindly searching in the woods. It is about 15 minutes to each area and about 10 minutes between the two.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 3.7 miles from here

31 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Happy Valley and The Hideaway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Happy Valley and The Hideaway:
The Beanstalk    V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   The Happy Valley : Sleeping Giant Boulder
The Sleeping Giant   V5 6C     Boulder, 17'   The Happy Valley : Sleeping Giant Boulder
The Pocket Problem   V6 7A     Boulder   The Hideaway : Millenium Boulder
Book of Names   V7 7A+     Boulder, 16'   The Happy Valley : Sleeping Giant Boulder
Tips Away   V7 7A+     Boulder   The Hideaway : Millenium Boulder
All the Way    V7 7A+     Boulder   The Hideaway : Millenium Boulder
Competitive Urge   V9- 7C     Boulder, 13'   The Happy Valley : Sleeping Giant Boulder
The Balance Bar   V9 7C     Boulder   The Hideaway : Millenium Boulder
Press Your Luck    V10 7C+     Boulder, 10'   The Happy Valley : Magic Bean Boulder
Y2K9   V10 7C+     Boulder   The Hideaway : Left Cliff Band (Y2K9 roof)
The Tempest    V10 7C+     Boulder, 12'   The Happy Valley : Sleeping Giant Boulder
Swisher Sweets   V10 7C+     Boulder   The Hideaway : Left Cliff Band (Y2K9 roof)
Sister's Savior    V11 8A     Boulder, 13'   The Happy Valley : Sleeping Giant Boulder
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Featured Route For Happy Valley and The Hideaway
Rock Climbing Photo: The dyno on Sleeping Giant.

The Sleeping Giant V5 6C  Massachusetts : Happy Valley and The Hideaw... : ... : Sleeping Giant Boulder
This is the classic of The Happy Valley and Hideaway. It is a real must do, regardless of how hard you climb.Start in the slot, and climb juggy pinches and comfy crimps up the beautiful steep wall. Finish with two consecutive dynos both of which are very committing. The mantle is also quite spicy. Enjoy! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Massachusetts

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By Tim Waystrong
From: New Hampshire
Jun 21, 2014
Both of these areas are very easy to find as long as you can follow directions. Get the Tim Kemple New England bouldering guide, and it has a map of the entire area. Keep an eye on the map and your surroundings and you will find your way there no problem. There are quite a few cairns out there showing the way. The "big stump" isn't very big anymore and is also hidden by a lot of overgrowth. There is a nice cairn at the fork in the trail. Take the left trail for Happy Valley and the right trail for The Hideaway.
By Jose Molina
Sep 1, 2016
Hey boulderers,

If you are reading this page, you might be interested to know that there is now a super complete and accurate guide app to these areas, right here:

The app also has the world's only guides to the Frost Giants and the Baby Zone. Both are in the same area as the HV and Hideaway, both have (really) good stuff, and neither have guides anywhere else on Earth. Truth. Plus we have super GPS maps to everywhere in the guide, so no getting lost in Montague ever again. Unless you like doing that, then go ahead and ignore our sweet map. Plus, all our beta is guaranteed to be super-mega accurate, unlike other sources that will remain anonymous and are rife with misinformation. If you don't believe me, check out our free sample through Rakkup. Seeing is believing.

It will only cost you $8 if you buy it through Rakkup. Full disclosure: I am a co-author. Super full disclosure: we are giving all of our author money to support the world's best co-op gym, The El Dojo in Northampton, MA. So I am not just grubbing for your money here. Our guide will take you to boulders, where you will then be happy.
By Graham O.
Jan 19, 2017
How far of a drive is it from here to Farley? Is it possible to do them both in a day?
By Daniel Olmschenk
Apr 10, 2017
Anyone have thoughts on camping in the area? We are hoping to come down from VT for the weekend and would love to hear the good spots! Either near Happy Valley or Farley. Thanks!

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