||Park at the easternmost Cod Pond Trailhead. Walk north on Route 8 across the bridge and turn left (north) down a narrow lane (high-clearance vehicles can drive this in dry conditions to the riverbank). Ford the East Branch of the Sacandaga River more or less directly across it - NOTE that in high water this is impassable and dangerous.
The trail goes into the woods, veers left for awhile, then up and right as it heads into the Shanty Cliff cut. The first routes reached are on the slab; the bulk of routes begin another 5 minutes up the trail on the other side of the ravine.