Rattlesnake Rocks Rock Climbing
This is a nice little area with scattered rock outcrops on the Blue Hills Reservation in Braintree not too far from Quincy Quarries. This was? under Metropolitan District Commission control and now is probably under Department of Conservation and Recreation. Its name comes from actual fauna. Climbing in this area dates back to at least the 1930s. Oddly, Ships Prow here can be a warm place during a cold, sunny stretch. Some of the rocks are quite small. There may be hidden crags/boulders here for exploring types.
Crags here include Burger Boulder, The Shield, Ships Prow, The Playground, & The Overlook.
Apparently, in the easter part of the Blue Hills Reservation area a few more hidden crags: St. Moritz Pond, Clubouse, Chicatawbut Overlook, & Lemon Squeeze.
To get here, drive I-3/SE Expressway to exit 8, go to Wampatuck Rd, towards Chickatawbut Rd. Park on the N side of the road past Bunker Hill Quarry. Walk back E and find a dirt road on top of an embankment covering a pipeline. Faint trails break off to the right.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
39 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Rattlesnake Rocks
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Featured Route For Rattlesnake Rocks
Back Door Man 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Massachusetts
: Rattlesnake Rocks
: Burger Boulder
This route traverses the Sodom & Gomorrah crack but starts lower and further to the left with some technical moves, though the rest of the route demands endurance for its short length. After ascending the slopey arete (find those hidden holds!), traverse left on dirty pockets to a hard lockoff and finish as for the topout of "Cruisin' for Burgers".Good sustained climbing, steepness, and solid (for Rattlesnake) rock all conspire to make this an area classic. As with the whole Burger ...[more] Browse More Classics in Massachusetts
By Conor Phalen
From: Cranston, RI
Aug 2, 2012
This is a unique area. Hidden, but there are bolts in place, so you know people have been there many times before. When I went there, it was only me and my climbing partner. Not really hard to find if you know what your looking for.
From: Bozeman, MT
Apr 19, 2013
I will be attempting to add route descriptions for both Rattlesnake Rocks and Quincy Quarries this season in an attempt to flesh out the sections for each on this site. Stay tuned.
Nov 7, 2016
Anybody know what line has the two bolts and piece of hanging gear on it? It's the rightmost climb on what I believe is the Playground area. It comes under a decent roof and looks like it runs up and left. Haven't done much more than walk around and look as of yet. This line stuck out when I was there.
From: Boston, MA
Nov 19, 2016
Elementary School, I think.
Goes at something like 5.11.
The second flake on the roof is broken off though, and I haven't tried it myself, so I don't know for sure.
Always seems to be wet, too.