Adirondack Rock Climbing

Spend Your Day Cliffside

Lake Placid is home to the High Peaks and some of the best rock climbing in the Adirondacks. From the biggest wilderness cliff in the East to secluded wilderness walls and backcountry crags, Lake Placid’s High Peaks region offers a variety of challenges for climbers of all ability levels.

Explore and experience some of the country's finest traditional rock climbing in the Adirondacks, summer mountaineering, and remote backcountry cragging. Here, you can pick a convenient roadside climb, travel along scenic hiking trails into the wilderness for an afternoon adventure or set out on a multi-day excursion to explore multi-pitch faces. 

Where to go rock climbing

Climb Wallface, the East's premier wilderness cliff, tackle massive granite walls, conquer difficult splitter cracks and scale demanding lake cliffs – all among incredible views of New York's highest mountains. 

Popular Adirondack rock climbing routes include: 

  • Henderson Cliff
  • Avalanche Pass
  • Gothics 
  • Noonmark
  • Rooster Comb

In the Keene Valley area, check out: 

  • Chapel Pond Slab
  • The Beer Walls
  • Upper and Lower Washbowl
  • Creature Wall 
  • Spanky's Wall 
  • The Spider's Web 

On belay

If you're new to climbing, or simply new to the area, consider booking a trip with a licensed Adirondack guide ‑ they offer professional instruction, guided rock climbing trips and hold the area's best kept secrets. Area gear shops have all the equipment and information you need for that perfect climb.

Updated route closures, due to peregrine falcon nesting sites, are posted on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation site at: dec.ny.gov.

Belay on

Start and end your climb with a good night sleep and a delicious meal. Lake Placid has a variety of lodging and dining options to fit your tastes as well as your budget.

Noonmark - Summit Crag
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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King Wall
Location: Rt 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Chapel Pond Slab
Location: Rt 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Pitchoff - North Face
Location: Old Mountain Road, Lake Placid, New York
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Moss Cliff
Location: Rt 86, Lake Placid, New York
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Beer Walls
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Wallface - The Big One
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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Upper Washbowl Cliffs
Location: Rt 73, Keene Valley, New York
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The Cascade Pass
Location: Route 73, Lake Placid, New York
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High Peaks Mountain Guides Year Round Adventures
Location: 2739 Main Street, Lake Placid, New York
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Eagle Slide on Giant Mountain
Location: Route 9, Keene Valley, New York
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Hurricane Crag
Location: Route 9N, Keene, New York
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Barkeater Cliff
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Rooster Comb Cliffs
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Spiders' Web
Location: Rt 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Tilman's Arete
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Lower Washbowl Cliffs
Location: Rt 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Gothics - the North Face
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Spanky's Wall
Location: Rt 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Jewels and Gems
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Creature Wall
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides
Location: 1900 Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
Phone: 518-576-9096
Adirondack Mountain Guides
Location: Owls Head Mountain Road, Keene, New York
Phone: 518-576-9556
Alpine Adventures, Inc.
Location: 10873 Route 9N, Keene, New York
Phone: 518-576-9881