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West Mountain Rock Climbing 


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Location: 43.35897, -73.97184 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

West Mountain (a long ridge with many subsummits, including Hadley Mountain) has long been one of the most popular hiking destinations in the southern Adirondacks. Forming the western block of a larger complex labelled West Mountain on USGS topos, one sees several boulders and outcrops near the trail leading to the firetower, but there is a lot more hidden from view of hikers. Taller cliffs lie tucked away in several places.
To date, the only major development has taken place on the extreme southern end of the ridge, at a 30' to 90' tall cliff dubbed the Rods'n'Guns Wall. A few other prominent crags have seen minor action, most await serious exploration or development.
Roundtop, the northernmost extension on West Mountain, lies entirely on private property. Its extensive cliffs are not open to the public.

Getting There 

The only sane public access is the Hadley Mountain Trailhead, itself a difficult item to locate. Take Northway exit 21 and head south to Luzerne. When Lake Luzerne lies close to the road to the left (by the school), take a right, driving downhill and turning sharply left into town. Turn right and cross the Hudson River above Rockwell Falls, then continue another 1/10th mile and turn right onto Hadley-Stony Creek Road. Drive about five minutes and take a left onto Hadley Mtn. Road. Drive along until you see Tower Road and take a right. Tower Road is a rough, dirt road; drive it to the trailhead.

Climbing Season

For the H: Southern Mountains area.

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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Featured Route For West Mountain

Tommy Gun 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13  New York : Adirondacks : ... : Rods'n'Guns Wall
Engaging, pumpy moves with potential for invigorating falls off a green C3. Fun!Climb up tenuous slab to base of bulging face. Work up and slightly right to reach the left-rising crack/flake. Move up this and make a very committing reach/dyno for a good hold on a small ledge up and left. Work up and right from there, through a bulge via a right-rising, rounded ramp, then up the final face on small holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

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