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Potter Mountain Cliff

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Brazilian T 
Garden of Leadin' S 
Groovitational Pull T,S 
Hold It Like a Hamburger S 
Honeybadger S 
Once in a Lifetime S 
Piece Out S 
Poker Face S 
Positive Latitude S 
Pox S 
Stop Making Sense T 
Where the Wild Things Are T,S 

Potter Mountain Cliff Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Jim Lawyer on Jun 21, 2012

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Sitting just below the summit of Potter Mountain, this is one of the largest cliffs at Silver Lake. It contains some of the best multi-pitch face climbing in the northeast. The rock is some of the best in the park -- vertical acres of dimpled awesomeness, scoured clean by winter ice.

The cliff heats up in the summer, so don't go here if it's warmer than 70 degrees. In the cool weather of October and November, there is no better place to be; even if it's below freezing at the car, you'll be climbing in T-shirts at the cliff.

Getting There 

From the Goodrich Mills Trailhead, follow the logging road to a clearing, then bear 45 degrees right and continue on the logging road to the height of land (good view of the cliff here). Continue another 1 minute along the flat road, then look for a herd path on the left. Follow this (some cairns) to the cliff.

Climbing Season

For the K: Northern Region area.

Weather station 12.7 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Potter Mountain Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Potter Mountain Cliff:
Stop Making Sense   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 380'   
Piece Out   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   
Poker Face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 210'   
Honeybadger   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Groovitational Pull   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 260'   
Positive Latitude   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 320'   
Where the Wild Things Are   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 330'   
Brazilian   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Once in a Lifetime   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Garden of Leadin'   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   
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A vertical wall of crimps. Excellent and clean.Climb up to a ledge 7' up, then up a face and slab to a block. Move right and up a steep face on sustained crimps. The angle eases back to slab: run it out up the slab (no protection, but very easy) to a tree with a fixed anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

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By Dom R
From: Estes Park, Colorado
Sep 28, 2014
If there's one thing the ADK should be known for it is its plethora of technical off-vert climbs, and this cliff sports some of the best in the park. Get your feet ready, it's gonna be fun.
By Dom R
From: Estes Park, Colorado
May 2, 2015
Just to clear some things up about the approach,The road you are looking for is after the 15mph turn, on the left (if driving in from route 3), you can just barely see a pink gate blocking the road when you drive by. Park across the street from this. After the clearing spoken of here where you go 45 degrees right you're going to go uphill for a while and when you reach the height of land spoken of in the guidebook, there is a road that goes left and appears as though it goes straight to the cliff. Don't take this road! stay on the right side and walk on level/downhill land until you hit the trail on the left. I just stacked a cairn at the beginning of the trail today that should be very obvious to locate. From there take the faint herd path following scuffed rocks, the occasional cairn, and trampled trees to the base.
By Jeff Dunbar
From: Charlotte, NC
Aug 11, 2016
Many thanks to all the trail builders and route developers who did such a nice job opening this beautiful new crag a few years back. This place is awesome and deserves much more traffic!

Also, many thanks to Dom R for all the cairn-building and for posting the enhanced approach beta here on My partner and I had no problem following Dom's directions during our first visit the other day (sans guidebook). You really did all visiting climbers a solid, Dom. Nice work, buddy!

For first-timers with no guidebook, follow Dom's directions above and allow 30-40 minutes to reach the base of the cliff from the parking area. Approach trail meets cliff at the far right side and continues leftwards along the base. As of 8/16, the first route you come to from there is Honeybadger (highly recommended) after about 10 more minutes of scrambling along the base.

Go get after these nice new routes, folks, and give this new crag some love!

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