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Maine Rock Climbing 

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Climbing in Maine is all over the place! Katahdin, Shagg Crag, Acadia National Park, Nubble Lighthouse and many other areas exist in this little visited climbing locale.

The climbing is on all different types of rock, and there are endless possibilities at areas such as Acadia National Park (routes are plentiful and developed, but bouldering potential is endless) and at Katahdin (if you are willing to hike in for the ice/rock or even bouldering with your gear).

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Rock Climbing Photo: JD the Moose hanging out at Chimney pond.  Above c...
JD the Moose hanging out at Chimney pond. Above can been seen the Armadillo and Flatiron routes.

Getting There 

Take I-95, keep going north until you hit Maine.

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Weather station 4.8 miles from here

748 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',117],['3 Stars',290],['2 Stars',202],['1 Star',74],['Bomb',5]

Classic Climbing Routes in Maine

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Maine:
Cilley-Barber   WI4-     Trad, Ice, 7 pitches, 1000'   Katahdin : All Winter Ice Routes - Chi...
Wafer Step -(Central Slab)   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South...
The Great Chimney   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     TR, 60'   Acadia National Park : Otter Cliffs
Story of O   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South...
A.M.C. Route Variation   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   Tumbledown Mountain
The Armadillo   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Grade IV   Katahdin : Chimney Pond ("South") Basi...
Old Town   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South...
Bartleby -(Central Slab)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South...
Return to Forever - (mid-cliff START)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 95'   Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South...
Recollections of Pacifica -(Central Slab)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 50'   Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South...
Green Mt. Breakdown   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 125'   Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South...
The Eagle's Gift   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Clifton Crags : Eagle Bluff
Chitlin's Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South...
The Great Escape   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   Shagg Crag
A Dare by the Sea   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Acadia National Park : Otter Cliffs
Connecticut Cracks   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 70'   Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South...
Shaggin Wagon   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport   Shagg Crag
Ginseng Route   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport   Shagg Crag
Meltdown   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Shagg Crag
Shagg It    5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Shagg Crag
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Featured Route For Maine
Rock Climbing Photo: Hard project heads low right

Swamp Thing V7+ 7A+  Maine : Twitchell Pond
Start low left matched in the seam, stacking hands (alternate beta using right hand 3' over). Crux is the first two moves to a friendly just often dirty top out right with a mantle on seam. Some may choose to climb reachier moves as a direct top out which has been cleaned summer 2011. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Maine

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Rock Climbing Photo: Logging truck and cloud cap over Mt. Katahdin
Logging truck and cloud cap over Mt. Katahdin
Rock Climbing Photo: Coastal Maine
Coastal Maine
Rock Climbing Photo: Russell Pond, BSP
Russell Pond, BSP
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Pamola from near summit of Baxter
View of Pamola from near summit of Baxter
Rock Climbing Photo: Maine

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By Ladd
May 10, 2007
For a sample of climbing in Maine check out the film Uncommon Ground
By justo
From: slc
Apr 23, 2009
Maine rocks!
By mAineAc
May 22, 2010
Where can I find that film Uncommon Ground? Your link does not work. I have tried searching with no luck.
By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Jul 17, 2010
I am going to be in the Portland area the week of the 19th of July and would really appreciate the loan of a crashpad or two while I am there. If you can help, message me via MP.
By Rich Brereton
From: Durham, NH
Apr 1, 2012
Does anyone have route info on Quoddy Head in Lubec? Could you please post?
By Sam Dudley
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 28, 2013
Hi, I am actually going to be in the Augusta area from May 1 - May 12 and would really love to explore some of the rock climbing in the area. I climb 10's and 11's mostly. I will have a car so I can get around. Please let me know if you want to hook up!
By Rich Brereton
From: Durham, NH
Aug 14, 2013
Anyone have info on Monhegan that they feel like posting?
By S. Neoh
Aug 15, 2013
Monhegan Island?
I have visited it several times but never tried to do techincal rock climbing there.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Aug 26, 2013
Maine has maybe the best sport climbing in New England after Rumney, maybe even the potential for the best, with all the hidden steep schist crags. The locals are just a little quiet about it. Know what I am saying, eh :)
By S. Neoh
Aug 27, 2013
The sea cliffs on Monhegan Island are impressive to look at, topping out at perhaps 150 feet. But most of them look rather blocky, loose and precariously balanced. The bulk of the quality stuff would be on the main land rather than Monhegan Island (size = 1.5 mi x 0.5 mi).
That said it is a great place to unwind and marvel at the Milky Way on a clear night. Bring sensible shoes and a headlamp; there are no paved roads and fewer than 5 street lamps on the island.
By Philip Flint
Oct 5, 2015
Hey everyone, I'd like to take my wife out climbing in the Portland area. I want to lead sport routes for her. Nothing north of a 5.9 as this will be her first time. Any ideas where I could take her? Thanks in advance.
By Lexi1592
Apr 22, 2016
Hi! I am really looking into trying out rock climbing as a new hobby. I have no idea where to begin. What gear do I need, can I rent gear, are there classes where do I sign up? If anyone can help me please email me at or respond to me on here.
By vermaine
May 10, 2016
Hi All,

I am visiting southern/coastal maine starting May 20. I would love some suggestions for climbs/hikes/food that we should not miss.

I am mediocre at all climbing so sport/trad/bouldering are all in the mix. I am looking mostly for moderates/easier climbing to force my soon to be ex-girlfriend to come along.

We are planning on Portland area up to Acadia although I will make a detour if necessary. I would also go with quality over quantity, and solitude over all else.

Thank you for your help,


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