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Stone Arch Bridge Keene, NH

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Stone Arch Bridge Keene, NH Rock Climbing 

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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.

Getting There 

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

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Stone Arch Bridge Keene, NH

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stone Arch Bridge Keene, NH:
Fellow Craft Corner    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 45'   
Illuminati   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 45'   
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Fellow Craft Corner 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  New Hampshire : Southern NH and Seacoast : Stone Arch Bridge Keene, NH
Start by stepping up onto the ledge. The crux is probable the few moves off this ledge until you "get into" the corner with better holds. Follow the corner up occasionally stemming and finding the big holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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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.
By Jonathan Steitzer
From: West Lebanon, NH
May 13, 2017
Cool spot with delightfully steep climbing. However be advised, There are some HUGE spiders living in the cracks, especially over the river.

As of the time of posting there are still pipes you can make an anchor off, but they're very rusty. You can find easy nut / tricam placements tho to back stuff up for building an anchor.

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