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:

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 Alliance of Climbers (OAC) monitors this, and negotiates for access to cliffs, or to avoid closures. They maintain a crag status list at:

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: .


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.

Descent notes

Walk off Climber's left.


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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.

(As of 2012) the only bolted route on Cherry Rock, and the toughest route there.

Climb the thin slab up to the ledge 20m up.

Set: Peter Drzymala, 1994

FFA: Peter Drzymala, 1994

FA: Peter Drzymala, 1994

Start in the crack to the right of the Dr. Tongue's Cherry Elixir then cross to the left at the first bolt. Follow the rest of Dr. Tongue's Cherry Elixir

Start on the left-most crack, eventually switching to another crack further left, up to the ledge 20m up, then up a final crack the last 5m to the (bolted) anchors. (Not a good TR from the anchors, as they are right of most of the route.)

Start on the left crack then instead of going left (for Minas Tirith) follow the central crack up to the anchor.

Start up the crack on the right, and continue up the crack system to the top anchors (shared with "Minas Tirith"). As this climb is more directly below the anchors, it is a more comfortable top-rope.

Climb the slab just left of Isengard. Stay left of the big obvious hold. Try to avoid the holds from Isengard.

At the far right of main cliff, just left of the obvious large detached block, climb the slabs.


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