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Merimere Face Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: andrew kulmatiski on Oct 23, 2006
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North view from the top of Merimere Face.

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Several 60-80', S and E facing cliffs overlooking the Merimere Reservoir - surprisingly beautiful spot for the area. Solid dark basalt rock, pretty secluded.

By John Peterson:

This area contains a number of different rock faces. As you look across the water from the approach road, Ampitheater is the biggest face, on the left, Fall Wall is a smaller face to the right, and Merimere Face is the rightmost of the larger cliffs, easily identified by the roofs of Thor's Hammer.

There are many smaller routes on the crags near the castle but these are mostly garbage (literally). Of all the routes in the green book in the castle area, the only one I'd reccomend is Glassworks.

Getting There 

Take Route 691 about 2 miles past Meriden and exit onto Main St. Go about 3/4 mi east to Hubbard Park. Drive N in the park and park under the overpass. The gate is closed in the early evening, so don't drive in unless you will definitely be out early. If you can get out early it is only a few hundred yard walk east to the top of the cliffs.

From the overpass, walk about 1/2 mi up the road and cut left at the Southern edge of the reservoir. Follow a trail for a few hundred yards. When the trail cuts uphill and hard left, continue straight up a spur path. Hike another 10 minutes up the scree.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Merimere Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Merimere Face:
Thor's Hammer   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Thunder Bolt Crack   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 90'   
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Featured Route For Merimere Face
Rock Climbing Photo: Another shot of the climb (Keith Hoek)

Thor's Hammer 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Connecticut : Central Valley : ... : Merimere Face
This route ascends the obvious stairstep dihedral on the Merimere Face. A Connecticut classic. Although obvious from the road below, this is somewhat tricky to find when approaching from the blue trail from the parking lot at the castle. Be sure to look at the landmarks around the climb as you drive up.Climb the relatively easy corner to the first roof, undercling left (crux), and continue up a wide crack through another smaller roof to the top. A belay can be set after the first undercling ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Connecticut

Photos of Merimere Face Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: South view from the top of Merimere Face.
South view from the top of Merimere Face.
Rock Climbing Photo: Merimere Face in Fall
Merimere Face in Fall
Rock Climbing Photo: Merimere Face from the access road
Merimere Face from the access road
Rock Climbing Photo: Here's a distance shot of East Peak - Merrimere Fa...
BETA PHOTO: Here's a distance shot of East Peak - Merrimere Fa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Thor's Hammer is the corner that starts at the hig...
Thor's Hammer is the corner that starts at the hig...

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