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Climbers with fingers of steel and precise footwork will be attracted to Clifton. Clifton is nestled in the rolling hills just east of Bangor, Maine, and is home to some of the finest crags in the state. Those who enjoy climbing on balancy holds and tweaky, tip numbing edges will find plenty to do as Clifton is the home to nearly a dozen crags.

Getting There 

The Clifton crags are located about 20 minutes east of Bangor. All the crags (except for eagle bluff) are located off of rt. 9. Eagle bluff is off of 180

81 Total Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',32],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Clifton Crags:
Easy Stuff   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   Eagle Bluff
My Time   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 175'   Big Chick Hill : Main Face
Craig's Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   Parks Pond Bluff : Main Face
Slice of the Gunks   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Eagle Bluff
Overnite Sensation   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 190'   Big Chick Hill : Main Face
Witch Wonder   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   Eagle Bluff
Riders Of the Storm   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Parks Pond Bluff : Mushroom Wall
Walk on the Mild Side   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Eagle Bluff
Happy Face   5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Eagle Bluff
Crankcase   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Eagle Bluff
Son of a Birch   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Big Chick Hill : Tower Buttress and Face
Wheaties   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Eagle Bluff
Bivy Route   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Eagle Bluff
The Eagle's Gift   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Eagle Bluff
highlander   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 165'   Eagle Bluff
Chinese Water Torture Direct   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Eagle Bluff
Where Eagles Dare   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Eagle Bluff
Blaze of Glory   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Eagle Bluff
Entrance Exam   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Eagle Bluff
Eagle Direct   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Eagle Bluff
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Looking up at Witch Wonder from the base. The blocky arete below the crack is the first pitch of Highlander

Witch Wonder 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  ME : Clifton Crags : Eagle Bluff
An awesome classic two pitch crack climb that you'll want to do over and over.For the first pitch you can either climb the bolted chunky monkey arÍte of Highlander (5.7) or slither up the dirty dihedral and slamming through a slot chimney (5.9)For the second pitch follow the crack up and through a squeeze chimney that's quite a squeeze, on the scale of something like being born. Getting into the chimney's the crux. Then follow the easy crack the rest of the way up to the anchor bolts @ the top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in ME

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By matt.maine
From: raymond, maine
Oct 8, 2008

a great place to get away just not during bug season
if you spend any time there get the guide to Clifton by Jon Tierney

By Matty Zane
From: Freedom
Apr 12, 2009

Anyone know anything about the cliff over by fletchers? Its a mile or so before fletchers off one of the side logging roads. It looks very vertical, and may have potential for some nice lines.

By hasan
From: portland,me
Jul 12, 2010

If you mean Sundog wall. It is vertical to slightly overhanging. Except for 1 chossy line, they are all well equipped sport routes. It's in the guidebook.

By Peter Dodge
From: Duluth, MN
Aug 9, 2010

Where can you get the guidebook?

By Cam Gould
Aug 14, 2010

Peter, you can get the guidebook from Alpenglow Adventure Sports/Acadia Mountain Guides at 92 Main St., Orono or 228 Main St., Bar Harbor. Also online at

By Dom
From: New Brunswick Canada
Mar 25, 2011

Don Nelligan rocks!

If you don't know who I'm talking about then you haven't climbed at Clifton.

By steitz
From: midcoast, maine
Jul 23, 2013

Alright, Canadian :)