Massachusetts is known for its classic New England style, its historical landmarks and its gorgeous shoreline. However, what many people do not realize is that it is also a great place for rock climbing. In fact, Massachusetts has many hidden gem climbing destinations, that any climber would appreciate. In Eastern Massachusetts there are many crags that people like to climb all the time. Many Bostonians are turning to climbing as their choice of a weekend pastime, so on a nice summers day you should expect modest crowds at the most popular locales. So if climbing in the peak season opt for a weekday. And if you must go out on a weekend be ready to be sharing your space—patience is always virtue.
Although if you find yourself free on a nice spring day, feel free to head on out, many spots don’t get busy till the kids are on summer vacation. Nevertheless, busy or not busy, you will find yourself having a great time, especially because there are many places not too far outside Boston.
If you are a Bostonian climbing enthusiast, you should definitely check out these great spots:
Crow Hill is one of the best climbing spots in MA. There are plenty of different routes, so rarely gets crowded. Cliff heights go from: 20-110 feet. This spot has all the options: Cracks, slabs, steep faces, and bouldering. However, be sure to bring pretty long slings for “TR Anchors”.
Red Rock is a great top rope location. It was named for the dark red granite on the mountain. The chief cliff is about 60 feet tall. There are several secondary cliffs as well. There are many youth climbing groups that go through here so be wary of crowds.
The best bouldering is found at Quincy Quarries. The quarries here offer a great climbing spot very close to Boston, in fact there are some great views of Boston here as well. So if just want to take a short respite from the city, go here and have a climb!
These are only some of the many great places to climb in and around the Boston area. Get out there and climb!