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Bald Rock Basin 

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Submitted By: Morgan Patterson on Sep 18, 2012
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Bald Rock is a peak/rock outcropping in the Danbury, CT area. The peak and adjacent basin to the north are loaded with large gneiss boulders and outcroppings. The bedrock on the property is composed of Brookfield Diorite Gneiss, Walloomsmac Schist, and Stockbridge Marble. All of the climbing is on the gniess which is infused with feldspar mega-crystals and contains schist and marble intrusions. The property is public land with legal access and parking. It also happens to be the largest legal bouldering area in the state.

There are also a handful of short 30-50 ft routes detailed here:

Bald Rock Basin Routes

1. Pull straight in to park AND park closely to others to maximize space
3. Do NOT blast your radio on this road or parking lot
4. Drive slowly there are kids in the neighborhood
5. Be respectful and courteous of neighbors
6. Please wave and smile at the police when they drive by patrolling
7. Remember to be safe and have lots of fun... and join the Redding Land Trust and help support this great climbing area.

Getting There 

Due to overwhelming response parking issues recently, I have temporarily removed the direction to Bald Rock.


If the parking lot is full please visit one of the other local areas like Huntington State Park, TREE TOPS, GREAT LEDGE, ETC.

There's a small parking lot for Bald Rock Basin. From the parking lot follow the blue blazed trail North. Continue North and follow signs to Bald Rock. From Bald Rock one can hop over to the backside and continue North into the basin area or continue along the power lines past three poles (on your left)and then follow slight trail left into the woods and down into the basin. Any questions please feel free to PM me. If there are any issues please let me know, I have a relationship with the town of Bethel (owners) and work with the Access Fund as the Regional Coordinator.

193 Total Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',76],['2 Stars',74],['1 Star',28],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bald Rock Basin:
Classic Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 13'   West Side : Warmup Boulder
Fanciful Flight   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   West Side : Colossus Boulder
New Speedway Boogie   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   West Side : King Boulder
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Featured Route For Bald Rock Basin
Fanciful Flight in yellow (Capt. Mo on Orion)

Fanciful Flight V1 5  CT : CT Bouldering : ... : Colossus Boulder
Start on the left arete of the Colossus boulder down below the main landing area. Just behind the lower left corner is a finger crack to follow up the arete to a great horizontal. From here work your way up the arete to a great hollow flake, move right into a great horizontal. Fire up to the jug atop the flake on the arete, then work your up the arete using slopers and pinches to a decent flake just right of the arete up high. Continue to work the arete to the topout point of Orion. This climb h...[more]   Browse More Classics in CT

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Enter the Colossus V4-5 R, Colossus Boulder
Enter the Colossus V4-5 R, Colossus Boulder
Five Star Bouldering during Peak Foliage. Mike M. gearing up for a burn at the King Boulder
Five Star Bouldering during Peak Foliage. Mike M. ...
Bald Rock Basin in Peak Foliage
Bald Rock Basin in Peak Foliage
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