Upper Washbowl Cliffs

  • Rt 73, Keene Valley

Multipitches galore and plenty of classic routes. Full sun from mid-morning on, with mostly dry, impeccable rock.

How to get there

Washbowl via Chapel Pond: South on Route 73 from Lake Placid, past Keene Valley, look for Chapel Pond canoe launching site. Find the faint herd path uphill, and continue left past the base of the Creature Wall.

Rock climbing

An incredible array of moderate multipitch climbs in a fantastic location. Classic routes in the 5.8 to 5.11 range boast (mostly) great rock quality and plenty of sun exposure throughout the day, meaning a relatively quick to dry crag after some rain.

Subject to periodic closures due to peregrine nesting seasons. Consult the DEC webpage, Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures, for the latest information.

Some photos courtesy climbandpunishment.blogspot.com. Read their blog post about this climb!