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Flake, The T,TR 
High Tide Girdle Traverse T 
A Dare by the Sea T,TR 
Alcove TR 
Barnacle Baits TR 
Black Crack T 
Brochure Crack TR 
Cakewalk TR 
Child's Play TR 
Chockstone Chimney TR 
Choppy Seas TR 
Cliff Traverse 
Climb of the Ancient Mariner TR 
Coppertone TR 
Crab Roll T,TR 
Crucifix TR 
Deep Blue Sea TR 
Dike Route TR 
Drunken Sailor T 
Easy Corner T,TR 
Ebb and Flow TR 
Engel Arete T,TR 
Fisherman's Folly TR 
Gallery Arete T 
Gallery, The TR 
Great Chimney, The TR 
Greenway TR 
Greybeard TR 
Guillemot Crack T 
Guillotine T,TR 
In The Groove T,TR 
Inner Sanctum TR 
Jamcrack T,TR 
Lady Luck TR 
Maine Central TR 
Mermaid TR 
Mystic, The TR 
Nerve Damage TR 
Open Book TR 
Otter Point TR 
Out to Sea TR 
Outer Face TR 
Overhanging Corner T,TR 
Overview of Otter Cliffs "Sub-Areas" T 
Peak Performance T,TR 
Plaque Crack TR 
Razorback TR 
Rising Tide TR 
Rock Lobster TR 
Rolling Swells TR 
Seabreeze TR 
Seafarer TR 
Small Cove Problem 
Sober Seaman T 
Spray Deck TR 
Staircase TR 
Starfish TR 
State of Maine TR 
Submariner TR 
Summer Camp Corner TR 
Swing Time TR 
Tap Dance TR 
Wave Action TR 
White Horses TR 
Whitecaps TR 
Wiessner Route TR 
Wonder Wall TR 
Wonderwall - Left TR 
Wounderwall - Right TR 
Yellow Wall T,TR 
Zephyr TR 
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Otter Cliffs Rock Climbing 

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Most famous and heavily used climbing area in Acadia. Toprope or rappel in to climb here.

Anchors are solid steel bars pounded into the top of the cliff because years of toproping here has killed many trees.

Excellent place for beginners to learn about climbing, the beauty of nature, and placing gear in a wet crack.

Beware high tides as your ropes will get soaked and your gear will be salt encrusted. the rock that the routes start on just gets underwater at the highest tide points.

Getting There 

East side of Acadia National Park. Follow signs to Otter Cliffs, park and cross road towards ocean to find cliffs below you.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.0 miles from here

71 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',30],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Otter Cliffs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Otter Cliffs:
The Great Chimney   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     TR, 60'   
In The Groove   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 55'   
Easy Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 60'   
Overhanging Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 50'   
Rolling Swells   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR   
Barnacle Baits   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR   
Engel Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Wonderwall - Left   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Wounderwall - Right   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Flake   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Black Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Yellow Wall   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Wonder Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 50'   
Rock Lobster   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Drunken Sailor   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Peak Performance   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 60'   
Guillotine   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Outer Face   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 40'   
A Dare by the Sea   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Gallery   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Otter Cliffs
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Lobster

Rock Lobster 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Maine : Acadia National Park : Otter Cliffs
Climb up good edges and horizontals up the face right of a chimney to a small roof. Pull the roof and lie-back up a thin left leaning corner....[more]   Browse More Classics in Maine

Photos of Otter Cliffs Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Austin rappelling down
Austin rappelling down
Rock Climbing Photo: Night Climbing at Otter Cliffs this past Spring.
Night Climbing at Otter Cliffs this past Spring.
Rock Climbing Photo: Our first top rope of Wonder Wall. An amazing clim...
Our first top rope of Wonder Wall. An amazing clim...
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the staples on Otter cliffs
BETA PHOTO: One of the staples on Otter cliffs
Rock Climbing Photo: Otter Cliffs. First climb. 1995.   Photo: Pasquale...
Otter Cliffs. First climb. 1995. Photo: Pasquale...
Rock Climbing Photo: My first climb ever. Hanging on! 1995.   Photo: Pa...
My first climb ever. Hanging on! 1995. Photo: Pa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Otter Cliffs Topo
BETA PHOTO: Otter Cliffs Topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Historic photo .April 1971 . P.Ross and other on t...
Historic photo .April 1971 . P.Ross and other on t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Oh fun times
Oh fun times
Rock Climbing Photo: Otter Cliffs - Sun, rock, surf, puffins and comedi...
Otter Cliffs - Sun, rock, surf, puffins and comedi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Some folks sitting atop Wonder Wall.
Some folks sitting atop Wonder Wall.

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By John Walk
Jul 4, 2017
as of 3 July 2017, there was a large block set in the crack near the top of Seabreeze (~2ft below the cliff top) that was quite loose, moving visibly with just pressure from a foot. The climb can be completed readily without using this, but it is a natural step for starting a lower or rappel on this line, and should be treated with care.
By Echoinfi
Jul 20, 2008
On the night of 7/15 under heavy seas the following routes fell into the ocean.

Black Crack, 5.8
Rip Tide, 5.11
Razor Flake, 5.8

The park service and some local climbers are cleaning up face. It should be ready by next spring. The rest of Otter Cliffs is still in good condition.
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Jan 25, 2009
Around 1969/70 working for HIOBS with Mike Peloquin and Steve Devlin ( my OB assistants) on request from Maine Outward Bound School we opened up Otter cliffs with about 14 new climbs from around 5.5 to 5.10.... some for our own personal fun, the more moderate ones for the use of students. The only sign of any activity ( as most climbs had some loose rock) was a piton in the easy chimney behind the climb that is now called Rock Lobster.Still have dated slides of some of these ascents one being the obvious Rock Lobster. From the time I left HIOBS in 1972 never saw another climbers use these cliffs.
By Jeremy K
Aug 17, 2009
Otter Cliffs is a Top-Managed climbing site. If you don't know how to safely belay off the anchor, or how to rig some of the anchors, PLEASE seek qualified instruction. There have been a number of accidents and near misses as a result of inappropriate belay/anchor techniques.
By Chris Grosshans
Oct 2, 2011
Not all of the climbs have anchors at the top. There are bars and I-bolts near 'In The Groove', 'Wonder wall' and immediately surrounding climbs. If you want to climb elsewhere bring a light rack to build your own anchors.
By YesOnPie
Jul 14, 2015
Is lowering in or rappeling required to get to the ledge below? I'm trying to bring a new climber here and would like to avoid it if possible.
By rlmoody2012
Aug 21, 2015
Brought my son here for his birthday to climb with Acadia Climbing School. It was a blast and Mark our guide was awesome. If you're new to climbing like us, it was a great experience.
By jdmartin86
Aug 7, 2016
For those climbing unguided during the peak season, be sure to arrive early: before 8:30am. During the day, guide companies claim many of the classic routes, and the cliffs become uncomfortably crowded until later in the day.

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