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Location: 40.7689, -73.9748 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: David Kider on Mar 20, 2011
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This is the long rock running north/south just to the southwest of the Chess & Checkers House in the park. It's located mid-park at 64th street. It makes a convenient stop on the way between Cat Rock and Rat Rock.

You can traverse the full length of the western side of the rock. I've also seen people do a hands-free walk up the southern-most portion of the west face. If you top out on a sunny day you'll have found yourself a nice spot to sit and get some sun.

Getting There 

If coming from Rat Rock you can follow the paved foot path that runs east/west south of the softball fields. Follow the path eastward and go under the bridge. When you exit the tunnel make an immediate left turn and you should see the rock up to the right.

If coming from Cat Rock, follow the paved footpath just south of Cat Rock and head west. Just before getting to the tunnel turn to your right and you should see the rock.

Climbing Season

For the Central Park area.

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

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Chess Traverse V0- 4-  NY : New York City : ... : Chess Rock
as mentioned in the chess rock description, this just traverses the rock. i'm only adding this description so i can tick it!i like to start at the rightmost end, down by the trees. traverse left the entire length to the wall, and back. there are thinnish, balancey sections, and with some eliminations it can be made very thin, good practice for edging and keeping center of gravity in check. still pretty easy though, and probably never crowded....[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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Rock Climbing Photo: Shows Chess Rock from the sidewalk between Rat Roc...
Shows Chess Rock from the sidewalk between Rat Roc...
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BETA PHOTO: Traverse this or climb up anywhere. Good practice...
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Climbing Chess Rock

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