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Massabesic Lake / Lake Ledges Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 342'
Location: 43.0056, -71.3619 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jeremy A on Mar 27, 2013
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BETA PHOTO: The view along the base of the crag, looking East.

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Lake ledges is on the Northern tip of Massabesic lake in a great location. It is about 40' tall at its highest point and about 200' long. The cliff is shaded by trees and requires a day or 2 to dry after rain in the Spring to Summer months.
NOTE: This cliff has been climbed for many years and is mostly top roped. The addition of bolts anywhere is unnecessary and may be illegal. All bolts previously placed in past years have been chopped.

See Access marked at all entrance's. Manchester water supply.

All top ropes can be setup by hiking the left or right side to the top. I think the left side is much easier and straight forward. Don't forget to enjoy the view from the top.

Getting There 

Follow route 101 East toward Raymond. Take Exit 1. Exit right. Go around traffic circle taking last right (Route 121 for 1.9 miles) Follow road past lake on right (You will see multiple crag out croppings on the lake side). Park at the 3rd parking spot on your right (Across from Massabesic Condo's). Follow trail staying straight with the lake on your right passing by a few crags/ boulders. Crag will be on your left. Average 10-15 minute hike.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Massabesic Lake / Lake Ledges
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Photos of Massabesic Lake / Lake Ledges Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at (I think) Peter's Pulpit.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up at (I think) Peter's Pulpit.
Rock Climbing Photo: Same boulder from another angle showing some of th...
BETA PHOTO: Same boulder from another angle showing some of th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Here's a shot of the overhanging boulder.
BETA PHOTO: Here's a shot of the overhanging boulder.
Rock Climbing Photo: Again google maps, zoomed in. You see the top of t...
BETA PHOTO: Again google maps, zoomed in. You see the top of t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ten foot boulder next to the overhanging boulder, ...
BETA PHOTO: Ten foot boulder next to the overhanging boulder, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Here's the google maps image of the lake. The red ...
BETA PHOTO: Here's the google maps image of the lake. The red ...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from on top, looking West towards Joe English...
View from on top, looking West towards Joe English...
Rock Climbing Photo: Taken near the center of the crag.
BETA PHOTO: Taken near the center of the crag.
Rock Climbing Photo: NOT the climbing ledge, but a little further down ...
NOT the climbing ledge, but a little further down ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Quick crag topo
Quick crag topo

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By M Sprague
From: New England
Mar 27, 2013
What sort of angle is this crag, slabby or more face climbing, and are the routes really 3 stars? It is nice to hear about more of these crags in the area. Thanks for posting it up.
By Jeremy A
From: NH
Mar 27, 2013
Hey there Mark. Mostly face climbing. The left side has some slab climbs. Yeah I would like to see some of the southern stuff I frequent, climbed more. Hopefully with Todd's new book a lot of it will get exposed and cleaned again. This is a great crag for a TR outing as it offers 5.3 - 5.9 climbing.
3 Star is tough I guess..haha. I really like the southern area's and I usually give it 3 stars if I feel its a solid trad line and offers a variety of climbing and is well protected. Most likely 2 stars though.
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Mar 27, 2013
I think I bouldered the easier lines here as I was walking out to the overlook. A 5 minute walk past this puts you on top of a rock outcrop that overlooks Massabesic Lake - a great place for a picnic, walk the dog, or just to walk out to on a nice evening.
From: Between Nederland and Boulder,
Mar 28, 2013
I used to teach outdoor ed at an alternative middle/high school, and we visited this craglet several times. It may be a nice diversion for the area, but I would hesitate to give anything there more than one star, unless you are comparing one route there against another.

Definitely worth adding to the database for the sake of documentation, but with other rock within a half hour's drive I would never go back even if I lived nearby.
By Jeremy A
From: NH
Mar 28, 2013
Haha. Come on Edge you don't want to come down and do some PWay or The Dump is definitely a better alternative. I have put in some scrub time here and Deer Leap over the years only to have it return back to what it is. It is an alternative for a quick session/ TR beginner group. I agree its not a destination drive..but it is there. Catch ya soon in Durham. Enjoy.
From: Between Nederland and Boulder,
Mar 28, 2013
Sorry Jeremy, that may have been a bit harsh. I would just hate to visit an area based on a bunch of high star ratings and see this crag. I would end up continuing to walk looking for "the goods." Besides, Longstack isn't that far...
By omcmahon
From: Nashua, NH
May 11, 2014
I climb here on days that I don't have all day to climb but still want to do some climbing. I think it compares to the Lower Slabs at Pway but without a nice crack like Pete's Tree.

I deleted my comment on bolts after re-reading the note at the top of the page. I will start working this on gear instead.

There's also a nice boulder wall on the way in. It's about 10' tall and has 2 faces and a handfull of lines from V0 to V2. To the right theres a boulder that looks about 3' tall but when you walk around it the hill drops off and it has a nice overhanging section that should offer some fun problems.
By Jeremy A
From: NH
May 20, 2014
Definitely some great lines on that over hanging boulder. Two different routes converge. Low starts to the center mantle. Pretty strenuous for a low boulder. There are many lines along the shore as well during the winter when the water is lowered. Great place. Follow the trail along the lake past the main cliff for about 5 minutes to the 15' wall. There is a great crack there and an overhang with a bolt on top. Enjoy.

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