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Summary

650 foot long, 80-90 foot tall, south-east facing gneiss cliff.

Description

Crow Hill has some of the best climbing in Massachusetts. Beginner topropes and harder lead climbs, some of which can go two pitches in length, dot the gneiss faces of the southeastern edge of Crow Hill. It is known for hard routes with somewhat difficult grading but there is plenty of opportunity for the beginner. Crow Hill's cracks offer an excellent opportunity for the aspiring leader to spread their wings.

Beware of falling dirt and rocks from hikers on the Midstate Trail above. Some bolted toprope anchors exist but you'll need 10-20 foot ropes or slings to extend anchors off the battered trees at the top.

Approach

Park at (42.514520, -71.857530). Follow the trail to a fork and sign. Take the right to "Base of Ledges" or left to 'Top of Ledges".

History

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"In the mix sixties, while the big aid routes of Yosemite lurked in the back of everyone's mind, Crow hill became a practice ground. Cro-Magnon, Jane, and The Recidivist... fell to the hands of eastern climbers who distinguished themselves in The Valley." - Steve Hendrick, Sam Streibert

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