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Petro Cliffs Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: micah richard on Jul 2, 2012
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Shady, in the woods, fairly clean solid rock. About 50 ft high. Several obvious easyer leads. Other harder face routes and some very desperate looking overhanging walls. At least two whorthwile areas here. The rock is simillar to that at Chatfield Hollow, although much more textured.

Getting There 

Trailhead is the tunxis trail off of greer road in burlington ct. Park at the land preserve gravel pull off by the pond. . Trail starts on pond side of road. follow trail next to pond. The hike in is about half hour to the first crag. Follow blue blazed trail right over the top of it. I'll call this the chimney cliff,as it has obvious chimney system in the center. The other crag is another ten minuits or so. Cross the stream at the remnants of the old dam follow blue trail a couple hundred yards further. Ravens roost can be seen in the woods off to the right if you look carefully.

Climbing Season

For the Western Highlands area.

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Carol Walters on left side cracks.

Left Side Cracks 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c  Connecticut : Western Highlands : ... : Petro Cliffs

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Rock Climbing Photo: More stuff to do over around the corner.
More stuff to do over around the corner.
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Rock Climbing Photo: chimney crag overview
chimney crag overview
Rock Climbing Photo: the obvious chimney in the center. fun 5.6ish lead...
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By T-Barrett
From: Derry, NH
Oct 9, 2013
Great Area, I grew up in Burlington and never knew this was here. The hike in is lengthy but well worth it, and pretty much guarantee's you have the cliff to yourself.
By micah richard
From: Litchfield, Connecticut
Nov 27, 2013
Mile of Ledges
The following information is referenced from, TUNXIS TRAIL Mile of Ledges, written by Michael Kodas for CRUX NORTHEAST, August/September 1994.

An interesting area containing some difficult cracks, roofs, and faces. Not a short approach, but worth it for the adventuresome.

The cliff follows a zig-zag course, with an outside corner near either end and an inside corner formed by a wide crack and chimney. In the middle of the central face there is a crack that climbs through two roofs – Vitti’s Vendetta 5.10+; a face climb on the same face, just left of the arête – Hackette’s Heirloom 5.9; around the corner boulder problem moves lead to a ledge topped by an overhanging face and lunge finish – The Longest Mile 5.11; parallel to The Longest Mile is another overhanging wall, located to the left of the wide inside corner, which ascends the difficult face – Tunxis Twister 5.12-. Other routes climb the inside corner and broach the roof of the main face left of the crack.

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