About Rose Ledges:
Rose Ledges, in Northfield Massachusetts, is a great traditional and toproping area. The rock is a horizontally banded gneiss, much like the rock at the Gunks. Because of this type of rock, the climbing tends to be on juggy overhangs and vertical cracks of all sizes. Most of the climbs can easily be led, due to the great number of gear-eating cracks, but since there are so many trees at the tops of the cliffs, it is easy to toprope the climbs as well.
There is also bouldering of all levels around the ledges. Good traverses and fun overhanging throws. Be creative and explore.
|Nearest town or city:||Erving/Montague|
|Directions:||From Northfield, head head out of town on HWY 63, until you see the Northfield Mountain Recreation Area. Turn in here and park, then hike up into the woods following the trails to Rose Ledges. Eventually, turn onto the Talus Toe Trail, this will lead you right up to the cliffs.
Or, from Rt. 2 in Erving, meet your crew in the car wash parking lot across the side road at the bowling alley (big bright sign says "Entertainment" or something). Take one car up the side road, away from Rt. 2. At the end, turn left onto Rt. 63. Take this about 1.5 miles to a right turn (switches back) called Poplar Mountain Road. Drive up the hill a quarter mile to unpaved lot on the left. Room for probably 15 cars.
Pay two bucks (into pay box or under your wiper blade) to park. This is a private lot. You are paying for the convenience of cutting your approach in half. Don't expect anyone to watch your cah for burglahs.
Walk up the road, continuing up where the pavement ends, a couple hundred feet until a trail (singletrack)trends off left into the woods.
Continue into the power lines clearing, going straight on the jeep road across the clearing, back into the woods, a few hundred feet further. Go right onto Rose Ledge Trail. The crags appear a short ways up the trail.
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