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Rifle Camp Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 500'
Location: 40.88414, -74.18563 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrator: Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Alex Pollara on Nov 20, 2016  with updates from Nicholas Hernandez
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A hidden treasure a few minutes drive from NYC this area is a portion of the Watchung mountains. Several large outcroppings of excellent trap rock. Mostly bouldering height with some highballs and a small amount of top roping depending on where you draw the line. There is also a very large 200+ ft cliff face that would call for some trad multi-pitch. Easy to walk top outs, decent tree cover and approachable in sandals. The deer are more bother than the people.

Note on access: The status of climbing in Passaic parks is uncertain. It appears that ordinances exist prohibiting "mountain climbing". However, park staff does not seem to take issue with bouldering. As always please be respectful, do not disturb the other park goers, and stay safe. NJ Climbers fill this form out to help drive action for open access throughout NJ here -

Getting There 

Heading either North or South on 46 take the Great Notch exit and head north on Rifle Camp Road. Look for the sign for rifle camp park and the turn off on the right. Follow the road through to the pond parking lot, park and walk towards the pond from the south corner of the lot, the first rock face will be on your right and are hard to miss.

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Kiwi Shoe Polish V2-3 5+  New Jersey : Rifle Camp : Ratite Rock
Route begins on the corner of the outcropping where there is a nice flat step. Step on it, From here it is a straight shot to the top with one wrinkle, no hands. From the start to the top out no hands are allowed....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Jersey

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