Hemlock Ledges - Top Rope Crag
BETA PHOTO: Hemlock Ledges - right (tallest) side
Hemlock Ledges is a ledge system about 1/4 mile wide, to the south of Beach Pond. The tallest portion, the right side, is about 45 feet tall and off vertical. Historically this has been a place for people to set up some easy top ropes. Moving left there is a cave like formation that you see up the hill as you first approach the crag. It is named the Hand of Man Cave for the silhouetted hands painted on the wall. This general area and to the left has had some recent development by boulderers and as such is described in the Deadwood Area. Continuing left, with occasional breaks are more walls, mostly about 25" tall. There are more good short TR/solo/highball possibilities. Most are pretty easy and could use some cleaning. The rock tends to be very featured with good juggy holds. It is a little steeper over here so, though shorter than the right side, the lines can be better. It is possible to do some trad leading here if you want to practice your placements and don't mind the shortness. There are lots of trees up top for anchors. If scrubbed up, there could be some really long bouldering traverses, especially towards the left side.
Follow the yellow dot trail south from the smaller lot across from the beach parking area. It is up on the left, at the southern tip of Beach Pond, about 10 minutes in.
Weather station 3.5 miles from here
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BETA PHOTO: Hemlock Ledges - looking towards the right side