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Potash Cliff Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 998'
Location: 43.3751, -73.82928 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady on Jun 13, 2014
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This relatively small cliff offers a variety of good quality climbing, with both sport and trad routes. It is mostly south-facing, so gets daytime sun. However, there is plenty of tree shade and decent belay areas.

The rock is some variety of granite, with positive holds or cracks.

Getting There 

From I-87, take exit 21, toward Lake Luzerne. Continue on 9N for about six miles, then turn right on Potash Road (just by Harris Grocery). Continue up Potash until you see the powerlines heading up a hill to the right. There is a climber's parking area on the right a short distance after you cross under the powerlines. Look for the "Narrow Bridge" sign, and turn right into a driveway that leads up to the climber's parking area.

From the parking area, walk uphill, trending right (there is a fairly distinct trail), until you cross under the powerlines and into the woods on the other side. Continue to follow the trail, and you will be at the crag in about 20 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Potash Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Potash Cliff:
Bunny Slope   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Anopheles   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Pulled Tooth   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
El Regalo   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
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Featured Route For Potash Cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: Sizing up the move to the crimp

Black Dog 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  New York : Adirondacks : ... : Potash Cliff
Start in the corner, moving onto the right wall at some obvious holds. Climb the arete (crux) to a stance under an overhang. Move a little right to a crack in the overhang and place some small but solid gear. Pull the overhang (10a) and up a short slab to a fixed anchor. The lower section, while not long, is technical and continuous....[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

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Rock Climbing Photo: Another route at Potash
Another route at Potash
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the cliff
View of the cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: Jonathan Nickel on Route at Potash
Jonathan Nickel on Route at Potash

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By Okazaki3
Sep 28, 2014
Easier approach: optional parking near the power lines. At the power lines on the west side of the road, look across the road and you can see the cliff. Follow the dirt road just left of the power lines uphill. This will put you directly under the power lines. Keep following the dirt road until the second set of power line poles right by 2 car-sized boulders. Just before the boulders, follow the path into the woods. There is a large cairn 20 feet in. Follow the path pretty much paralleling the road for 10 min. As of late sept 2014 there were lots of hornets and looked like many nests by climbs 5-9 or so. Also, the bridge is out at the moment, but that's okay because you do not need to cross it.
By Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady
Sep 29, 2014
The parking area under the powerlines is definitely closer, and we also used to park there. However, we were politely asked one day by the gentleman across the street not to park there, and to instead use the area up the road. Not sure if this is still the case, as we haven't been there in two years, but just thought we'd make a note of it.

Regardless of where you park, have a fun time out climbing!
By Doc from Rocksport
Mar 29, 2015
The tricky part about access at Potash is that it's a small parcel of State land completely surrounded by private land (the state doesn't even have an easement or right of way for timber, fire, etc. as far as we could research). Because of this , the land owner that owns the parcel that you cross whether you hike the powerline or not, has asked climbers to park in the small lot as described in the latest edition of Adirondack Rock and sign in at the trail register (just be mindful of ruts and snowmelt during mud season). Thanks. -Doc
By davidbr
Jul 25, 2017
Does anyone know if the access situation is the same? There are 'No Trespassing' signs on the driveway and at the start of the trail. The trail register is still in place, however, which can be interpreted to mean that once you sign it you are no longer trespassing...

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