REI Community
The Rock Canopy

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Daily Decrease  
Unknown lip traverse  
Unknown traverse  

The Rock Canopy  Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 221'
Location: 41.28451, -72.72303 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 738
Administrators: Morgan Patterson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: czd on Oct 31, 2015
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Map of Westwoods. Dynamite cave is labelled "...


This is a huge cave. There are multiple projects underneath and a few established routes. Amazing potential for hard lines.

Getting There 

Very short approach from Moose Hill road. It is labelled "roof boulder" on the attached map. Follow the main trail from the parking lot. Follow it down a steep hill until it curves to the right. the Boulder will be on your right shortly after you reach the bottom of the hill.

Climbing Season

For the CT Bouldering area.

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For The Rock Canopy
Rock Climbing Photo: Line in red.

Unknown traverse V5 6C  Connecticut : CT Bouldering : ... : The Rock Canopy
This route starts on the opposite side (from the picture) of the roof. You start sitting on a boulder and climb the obvious line of edges that leads to a compound jug(ish) hold in the middle of the roof. The route ends there (for now). It is possible to extend the line al the way to the other side....[more]   Browse More Classics in Connecticut

Photos of The Rock Canopy Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The cave.
The cave.

Comments on The Rock Canopy Add Comment
Show which comments
Mar 19, 2016
Rock climbing is not permitted on land owned by the Guilford Conservation Land Trust. Please see
By Morgan Patterson
From: CT
Mar 22, 2016
This area appears to be located in State Forest property where climbing is allowed. Please advise if otherwise.
Mar 24, 2016
This area is within the Westwoods managed by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust. The nearest state forest is a significant distance from here.
By T Roper
Mar 26, 2016
"The ownership of the land is a combination of State Forest, Guilford Land Conservation Trust (GLCT), Town of Guilford, and private ownership. All trails are maintained by the Westwoods Trails Committee of GLCT."

According to many maps and your website quite a bit is state forest land.
By Morgan Patterson
From: CT
Mar 29, 2016
GLCT - I have sent you two emails and also left a voice message with the GCLT phone number listed on the website. None have been return.

Please be advised that state GIS data and Guilford Assessors office confirms, this climbing area is within the Cockaponset State Forest property and there are no CT State bans on rock climbing or bouldering. I have even confirmed with the DEEP Director of the State Forest property that climbing is indeed allowed and that GLCT has no authority over state land. I have amended the description for the main area to educate our users on GLCT rules in hopes that we can all work together to resolve valid concerns brought to us by the land trust.

Rock Climbing Photo: Property Map
Property Map


Additionally, is there a rational for why rock climbing is banned while, horseback riding and mountain biking are permitted? Does the ban include bouldering or does it apply only to technical climbing with ropes and harnesses? This seems to be a fairly arbitrary rule which only serves to alienate climbers from supporting the Trust.

We are more than happy to work with the GLCT to address any valid concerns and complaints however, your concern regarding this posting are not valid as GLCT has no authority and it isnt clear that you represent GLCT.
By Morgan Patterson
From: CT
Mar 29, 2016
As a followup to the above...

Given your lack of a direct response to our administrators' queries, the email address you registered with us and, lack of your name on the GLCT's, About Us page, I think it's safe to assume you do not carry authority to speak on behalf of the GLCT and do not officially represent their organization.

As such, thank you for bringing the potential issue to our attention and I am happy we were able to resolve your confusion regarding this climbing spot.

Feel free to have someone who is authorized to speak on behalf of the GLCT reach out to me here or via the contact information I emailed to you and left on the GLCT's voice mail if the GLCT has any further concerns.
By Rick Torre
Sep 28, 2016
westwoods climbing certainly predates my own exprriance,starting 67,68.westwoods climbers have used,obviously,no trace practices to establish climbs and problems thruout the area before and since...we have always appreciated the values inherent in this unique resource.practicesto insure our continuous access are now appreciated by ALL users.we climbed four new climbs in 2015,using clean protection in natural placements,regardless of location.the rock canopy is on state land,still two new short routes were climbed clean last year.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About