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College Rock

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About College Rock:

This rock wall is about a 75 yard traverse ranging from 10 to 40 feet in height. Good toproping (bring long webbing sections, minimum 2 30foot webbing and 2 20ft, though 50 foot lengths will get your biners over most edges with the least work.) There are a few places suitable for trad leading. Toprope anchorage is mostly trees, but there are also some solid exposed roots and slingable flakes/boulders as well as cracks for placed gear/pro. The climbs are mostly 5.6 to 5.9 with a couple of 5.10's and one 5.11. I've seen 8 ropes dropped at one time here (all the good climbs). The cliff is in the woods, and doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight. If it's been damp overnight and not especially warm in the morning, expect most cracks to be wet, with subsequent increase in difficulty. There is a small parking area for about 9 cars (w/some parking on the street). CR is also at the head of some popular mountain biking/hiking trails, and so climbers compete with bikers/hikers for parking on the weekends. It's not a huge cliff, and with 8 ropes down it can be packed, but I have seen it empty. There are regulars who frequent CR weekly, but the vibe is generally freindly and folks will share rope/belay with you. The area has been maintained by the Hopkinton Conservation Commision, and there are some benches, a picnic table, some trash cans (in the parking area) and a small roofed sign board with a route map/ratings.
Nearest town or city: Hopkinton
Directions: Local Directions: From Milford, Rte 85 north, then after you cross the milford/hopkinton line, 85 curves sharp right and down a bit, then goes uphill curving left, and College Street is on the right just after the crest of the hill. (If you pass Cornell's pub on the right, you've gone too far.) from southboro/north take Rte 85 South, straight thru the lights at Hopkinton center, up the hill and past Hopkinton High (straight thru lights there) College Street will be on the left 2 miles approx, after Cornells Pub. From Upton/west, Rte 135 to 85 in hopkinton ctr, right on 85 (south) toward milford, then as above. from Ashland/east, rte 135 west to hopkinton ctr, left on 85 south, then as above. Turn onto College road, and the parking area is about .2 of a mile down the road on the right, it's not really well marked, there's a sign that reads "no tresspassing after dark". Walk south a short distance along a path to cliffs on left. From Boston/East, take the Mass Pike (or Rte 9) west to 495 south. Get off at exit 20 (Rte. 85 Milford) and turn left off the exit. Follow rte 85 2.2 miles. From Worcester/west, Mass Pike or Rte. 9 West to Rte 495 South to Exit 20 as above. From RI/south, Rte. 495 north to Exit 20, take a right onto Rte.85 off the exit, then follow 85 as above. From Lowell/north Rte. 495 South etc etc...
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