Stone Arch Bridge Keene, NH Rock Climbing
View from down river with a climber on the main fa...
Built in 1847 this beautiful bridge exhibits many artistic masonry design techniques. The bridge is made up of thousands of quality granite blocks perfectly positioned without mortar. The original purpose of this structure was to span the Branch River and expand the Cheshire Railroad. Now it is just a historically relic with the bonus of a few good climbing routes. Routes are almost always top roped from mason bolts but trad is possible. The bridge is only about 45 tall but most of the routes are sustained face climbs with few rests. The best climbs are on the north west side, the first section on the right as you approach. There is plenty of sun here and it is somewhat sheltered from the wind. If you climb other sections look out for poison ivy. Although close to the road this spot is usually quiet with only the sound of the river peacefully flowing by.
From downtown Keene head south on Main Street to the traffic lights. Take a left on highway 101 and drive about half a mile. Park at an obvious pull off on right and walk up a steep but very short foot path to the top of the hill. The popular routes will be on your right.
Note- A google search of "Stone Arch Bridge Keene, NH" will easily bring up this spot as well.
Climbing Season For the Southern NH and Seacoast area.
Weather station 0.7 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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BETA PHOTO: Some Keene State Environmental Outing Club members...
BETA PHOTO: Top rope set up for Fellow Craft Corner and the li...
By Kari Post
From: Keene, NH
May 18, 2016
Note that the pipes and bolts formerly used as top rope anchors in this area have been removed as part of restoration efforts at this historic site.