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Bald Rock Basin 

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Location: 41.33936, -73.4071 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Morgan Patterson, Kristine Hoffman
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.

Climbing Season

193 Total Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',75],['2 Stars',74],['1 Star',29],['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
New Speedway Boogie

New Speedway Boogie V3 6A  CT : CT Bouldering : ... : King Boulder
This climb ascends the short beautifully sculpted arete on the NW corner of the King Boulder. Sit start under the arete. Climb on perfect holds with great moves up this arete to the jug at the peak. Mantle out right around the peak in the arete.Left this line for other to complete but it's been months so I finally decided to put it up myself... the woes of not having other boulderers in the area. Gotta put up all the lines by yourself!...[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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By Morgan Patterson
Jun 5, 2014

So anyone done any cool new FAs?