Cherry Rock (Original) Mostly trad climbing8 routes in cliff
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Cherry Rock (Doom) probably is the most extensive climbing in the city of Sudbury. It is gneiss mostly covered with a black patina, from the sulfur dioxide pollution of yesteryear. It is located near the corner of Elm Street and Big Nickel Mine drive. Routes range from 15m-25m, with some bouldering along the left edge as the cliff drops in height.
Top of cliff access is easy up the (climber's) right side, and there are a few bolted anchors up top for setting top-ropes. Other climbs may require trad anchors, are there a good number of deep cracks up top suitable for these, too.
The name comes from the black rock, which you approach across a marsh, with a chimney belching smoke and industrial operations in the background.
The cliff is obvious and visible from the road.
More information may be available at: http://sudburyclimbing.com/wp/?page_id=32
Cliff was originally developed and bolted in 1994 by Peter Drzymala, Rob Paul, and Faye Petrie.
Access issues inherited from Ontario
In the more populated areas of Ontario, especially southern and south-western Ontario (within a few hours drive of Toronto) access is often complicated, with many cliffs closed to climbing. The Ontario Access Coalition (OAC) monitors this, and negotiates for access to cliffs, or to avoid closures. They maintain a crag status list at: http://www.ontarioaccesscoalition.com/crag-status/
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry also maintains an online crown land use policy atlas. This can often be used to determine the ownership status of the land on which a cliff is located in Ontario. It can be found at: http://www.giscoeapp.lrc.gov.on.ca/web/MNR/NHLUPS/CLUPA/Viewer/Viewer.html .
Park on the side of Elm St/Highway 35 about half way between Big Nickel Mine Dr and Lasalle blvd. Hike down the embankment and across the marsh/swamp. (Unless late in a dry summer, this will likely be wet to very wet.) There is a bit of a stepping stone trail across, but it can be tricky to find, especially when aproaching the cliff.
Walk off Climber's left.
Climb the easy angled face with the jagged crack in it up to ledges, go right or left around the small roof, then up to the bolts at the top left.
A variant start to "Sam and Frodo go walking", start on the crack around the corner to the right, pull up to the horizontal and (hand) traverse right to join the main route, and of course, not dodge the small roof.
Climb the cracked slabs near the center of the cliff, angling up to the right.
Climb the corner up onto the ledge, then follow the corner upwards.