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Larger Twin Boulder.

Description 

Two "twin" boulders hidden in the pine trees near the High Rocks parking area. The "Twins" are the closest erratic boulders to the ATT tower at the top of High Rock Rd. The boulders offer good landings and moderate grades. This is a great place to warm up. The larger of the boulders has no easy way down. Either down climb the leaning tree, or pick a problem to do backwards.

Getting There 

Park at the High Rocks parking area, and follow the trail up the steps and down into the valley. From the ATT tower, walk up small stone stairs past the High Rock Memorial. Walk off the back side, and turn right town a single track trail. After a few hundred yards, two boulders will be visible a hundred feet off the trail on the right.

The best way is to go down the fire road that continues off the parking lot near the tower. Walk 200 yards, and look for the remnants of a stone wall that intersects the trail (there might still be a small cairn to the left). When you get to the stone wall, take a left through the woods keeping the stone wall on your left. Walk about 100 yards, and look right to spot The Twins.

These boulders are about a quarter mile down the trail then 100-150 yards off of the trail to the right.

Climbing Season

For the Gilbert Hills State Park area.

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',4],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Twins

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Twins:
Warm Up Crack   V0- 4-     Boulder   Little Twin
Off the Bench   V1 5     Boulder   Big Twin
Two Step   V3 6A     Boulder   Big Twin
Down Climb Corner   V4- 6B     Boulder   Big Twin
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Featured Route For The Twins
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Robin on Windmill.

Windmill V3- 6A  Massachusetts : Gilbert Hills State Park : ... : Big Twin
Start with left hand on the Down Climb Arete, and right on crimp out right. Move up and right to same topout as Down Climb Arete....[more]   Browse More Classics in Massachusetts

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By chris21
Sep 24, 2009
Boulders are about a quarter mile down the trail then 100-150 yards off of the trail to the right.
By Ethan George
From: Boston, MA
Jun 22, 2015
Struggled to find the Twins this weekend, because the forest is so thick. Best way is to go down the fire road that continues off the parking lot near the tower. Walk 200 yards and look for the remnants of a stone wall that intersects the trail (there might still be a small cairn to the left). When you get to the stone wall, take a left through the woods keeping the stone wall on your left. Walk about 100 yards, and look right to spot the Twins.
By Joe M.
Administrator
Jun 23, 2015
I have walked past these boulders many times, and I know exactly where they are. It is very dense woods in that area. Fun spot, though, once you find it.
By Jack Ritzenberg
Feb 6, 2017
The boulders can be difficult to see through the forest.
By Max Dismukes
From: North Quincy, MA
May 9, 2017
You can save some time getting to these off the little trail (instead of going all the way down the fire road and taking the stone wall approach). Walk past the High Rock Boulder w/ the plaque, go down the hill, and take a right. The path will wind a few times, and then there will be a big fallen tree on your left. Less than 10 yards after that, if you look carefully you can see that, there is a pretty well-formed climber's trail on the right, which leads directly to the twins. Even if you can't see the boulders through the foliage, you might be able to spot the lil' trail!

The big twin is, in my opinion, one of the best boulders in the greater Boston area. Off the Bench, Two Step, and Grittish Invasion are phenomenal problems.
By Joe M.
Administrator
May 10, 2017
I have been meaning for some time to setup a cairn at that little climber's trail and maybe bring some clippers and make the trail a little more user friendly. At some point this summer, I will get out there and do this....

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