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Wolf Rock Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Lower Tier from a distance.


Wolf Rock is located within the Joshua Land Trust. See for more information. It has two distinct cliffs, the Upper Tier and the Lower Tier.

Both of these are relatively short - about 30 to 40 feet. I'm not certain about the rock type, but it seems like gneiss and is similar in characteristic to Rose Ledges in western Massachusetts. There are some slabs, vertical cracks, as well as some larger horizontal cracks. The rock quality is good. The Upper Tier rock is very clean but the Lower Tier is a bit dirty due to runoff after rain.

The Upper Tier is sunny and has the easier routes (5.1 to 5.6). The Lower Tier is more shaded and has more challenging routes (5.2 to 5.9+). Both cliffs offer relatively easy top rope setups provided you bring some long webbing or trad gear. There are a number of trees that can be used as well as one huge metal eyebolt at the top of Upper Tier. Some of the climbs are leadable with decent protection.

The approach to the cliffs is about a five minute walk from the road on the blue blazed Nipmuck trail. You will end up at a balanced boulder on the top of the Upper Tier cliff. It's possible to descend on either side of the cliff to the base, but it's probably easier to go towards the right (with your back towards the approach trail and the parking). To get to the Lower Tier cliff, follow the trail from about the center of the Upper Tier.

After climbing, you can wolf down some delicious wings and beer at Bidwell Tavern.

Bidwell Tavern Cafe
1260 Main St
Coventry, CT 06238-3155
(860) 742-6978

Getting There 

Take I84 to Rt 195 South. Follow Rt 195S through the UConn campus and keeping going towards Mansfield Center. Turn right on Brown's Road. Follow for one mile until the fork in the road and take the left onto Crane Hill Rd. After about 0.15 miles on Crane Hill Rd, look for a pullout and park (Google 36 Crane Hill Rd Mansfield CT). You should see a sign for Joshua's Conservation and Historic Trust on your left. Parking on Crane Road at 41.760467, -72.216850.

Follow the blue blazed Nipmuck trail for about 1/4 mile.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Wolf Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wolf Rock:
Star Fire   5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Upper Tier
The Whale   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Lower Tier
Blanket Party   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   Upper Tier
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Rock Climbing Photo: Lil' Abner follows the crack that starts behind th...

Lil' Abner 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Connecticut : Eastern Highlands : ... : Lower Tier
Look for the thin crack/seam that starts behind a tree about 30 feet left from the right hand side of Lower Tier. Follow this crack, past some horizontal cracks to the top. The crux is about half way up when it feels like options for feet are thin and there are not many face holds.The start of the climb is a bit hard to protect because the crack is so thin. Placement options are much better higher on the route. If you lead it, make sure to have a good spot. Top rope setup is easy on trees a...[more]   Browse More Classics in Connecticut

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sign at trail head on Crane Hill Rd Storrs Mansfie...
Sign at trail head on Crane Hill Rd Storrs Mansfie...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking across Upper Tier from the left end.
BETA PHOTO: Looking across Upper Tier from the left end.

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By javd von dauber
From: East Brookfield MA
Sep 10, 2014
If you're coming from I-84 westbound, from Central Mass, it's easier to take ct89 south from I-84. It brings you right to Brown Rd. It avoids Uconn traffic and is about 5 miles shorter.
By T Roper
Sep 12, 2015
Google 36 Crane Hill Rd Mansfield CT for the exact spot to park, possibly this comment could be added to the crag description since the link provided is down and even the Fasulo book has a bad description of how to get there.

This place is great to bring kids or beginners and definitely worth a visit if you are nearby.
By wivanoff
From: Northeast, USA
Jul 4, 2017
Link to Joshua Land Trust is broken. Here's the corrected link

Parking on Crane Road at 41.760467, -72.216850

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