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Lynn Woods  


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Elevation: 285'
Location: 42.48946, -70.99199 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Old Timer, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Jan 14, 2007
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Description 

This area, a 2200 acre municipal forest, is located close to Castle Hill near Saugus (NE of Boston). In the US, it ranks as the 2nd largest municipally owned park. There is roped climbing here on Lantern Rock and possibly on Burrill Hill Observation Tower. This is very close to Walden Pond. (Per BlueEyeMountain.com: Henry David Thoreau probably never even heard of Walden Pond in Lynn Woods. Thoreau's Walden is in Concord and is a totally different pond. However, Lynn Woods is a beautiful place, so it deserves its own naturalist). There is also a rock called Dungeon Rock that lies West of Dungeon, Northeast of Pennybrook on Waycross.

Itís probably best to think of this as a place to get quality bouldering in an idyllic setting in the Boston area. This section needs to get fleshed out by someone with more familiarity.

Per BlueEyeMountain.com: the climbing listed here is mainly on the south side of Walden Pond, but, as with the mountain biking, the real goods are on the north side. Over the past few years, the bouldering there has been developed to the point that the number and quality of boulder problems is probably equal to Pawtuckaway and the other LW, Lincoln Woods. In fact, if the boulders at Lynn Woods were concentrated closer together, it might be better than those areas for bouldering.

There has been development of many boulder problems (>500) up to 20 feet in height on on at least 100 boulders in the area that can range from very short to 30 minute approaches. Some of the developers here include: Bob Johnson, Pete Otis, Bob Parrott, Andy Scott, Jerome Boutaud, Dean Feuller, Darryl Leonard, Ben Hoza, Ryan Bouldin, among others. According to Pete Otis and Andy Scott, this area has the best bouldering within an hour of Boston. Many of the bouldering areas are hard to find, but there are some huge granite blocks out there and quite a few open projects. The quality ratings indicate at least 20! 4 star problems here. The difficulty scale of the problems currently range from V0 to V9. There is potential for problems perhaps in the V12 range here.

Thanks all for the help on this section!

Getting There 

Go north on I-93 to US Hwy 1. Go north to Route 129 (short of Hwy 128)/I-95. Go East to Pennybrook St. Go North about 0.3 miles. Park on the West side. Hike about 100 yards East to near Breedís Pond.

Website 

There is a website for information regarding this municipal resource, another website, Bouldering website.

Dungeon Rock 

Dungeon Rock is a 135-foot-deep cave that was once believed to hold a treasure and its unfortunate pirate. Access is unclear.

Mountain Biking 

There is some decent single track, fire roads, rocky & sandy double tracks. Update per BlueEyeMountain.com: First off, the mountain biking at Lynn Woods is a little better than "decent." In fact, the mountain biking there may possibly be the best in all of New England. There are 40 miles of trails. The trails on the north side of Walden Pond are a freerider's paradise, full of drops, rock gardens, and other natural obstacles. An experienced cross-country rider will love the fast single track and monster climbs on the south side. Even the fireroads are fun and challenging for beginners.

Map 

Map.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.1 miles from here

774 Total Routes

['4 Stars',67],['3 Stars',158],['2 Stars',379],['1 Star',169],['Bomb',1]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lynn Woods:
Bacon and Eggs   V0 4     Boulder, 18'   Weetamoo area : Summit Boulders
Bear Grease   V1 5     Boulder, 18'   Stone Tower area : Bob Johnson Boulders
Hidden Arete   V2 5+     Boulder   Stone Tower area : The Hidden Boulder
Stone Beachball   V2 5+     Boulder, 16'   Weetamoo area : Summit Boulders
Pipefitter   V3 6A     Boulder, 13'   Pipefitter Boulder at Ganno...
Baldy   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 13'   14th Hole Boulder at Gannon...
Holly the Happy Heel Hooker   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 12'   Stone Tower area : Slant Right Boulder
The Seed   V4 6B     Boulder, 13'   Mt. Spicket/Goliath Rock ar... : Bob Parrott Boulder
Fist Fucker    V5 6C     Boulder   Stone Tower area : Stone Tower Boulder
Bruce Lee   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Weetamoo area : The Graffiti Boulder
The Chi Problem   V6 7A     Boulder, 13'   Weetamoo area : F7 Boulder
Great Frog Arete   V6 7A     Boulder, 25'   Weetamoo area : Great Frog Boulder
Wardrobe Malfunction   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Stone Tower area : Bob Johnson Boulders
Bloodhound   V7 7A+     Boulder, 18'   Stone Tower area : Bob Johnson Boulders
Golden Arete   V7 7A+     Boulder, 18'   Weetamoo area : Weetamoo Boulder
The Buttermilker   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Stone Tower area : Stone Tower Boulder
Show Us Your Woody   V7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   Weetamoo area : Great Frog Boulder
The Swell   V7 7A+     Boulder, 14'   Weetamoo area : Weetamoo Boulder
Dog Leg Crack   V7 7A+     Boulder, 18'   Weetamoo area : Weetamoo Boulder
Green Haze    V7+ 7A+     Boulder   Stone Tower area : Stone Tower Boulder
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Featured Route For Lynn Woods
Pipefitter Boulder.

Pipefitter V3 6A  MA : Lynn Woods : Pipefitter Boulder at Ganno...
On the Pipefitter's Boulder, this is the obvious, striking, golden arete. Stand start matched on the quarried left arete and climb up. A crouch start has been done at V4. Named after Paul the pipefitter volunteered to move a 5000 pound block at the base of this problem in about 45 minutes. Thanks again, Paul!!!...[more]   Browse More Classics in MA

Photos of Lynn Woods Slideshow Add Photo
Joe Robb on "The Dog Leg," an old classi...
Joe Robb on "The Dog Leg," an old classi...
Green Side.
BETA PHOTO: Green Side.
Old man in the outback.
Old man in the outback.
Rich Baker sends the Guillotine, a classic V3 aret...
Rich Baker sends the Guillotine, a classic V3 aret...
Orange Side.
BETA PHOTO: Orange Side.
Whitey McLane sends Tomb Raider, a classic V2 put ...
Whitey McLane sends Tomb Raider, a classic V2 put ...
Slab side of Stone Tower Boulder.
BETA PHOTO: Slab side of Stone Tower Boulder.
Easier Side of the Elephant Boulder, W14 on the Ly...
BETA PHOTO: Easier Side of the Elephant Boulder, W14 on the Ly...
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By BlueEyeMountain.com
Aug 21, 2007
Whoa! The description of Lynn Woods provided by Leo is a bit dated. First off, the mountain biking at Lynn Woods is a little better than "decent." In fact, the mountain biking there may possibly be the best in all of New England. There are 40 miles of trails. The trails on the north side of Walden Pond are a freerider's paradise, full of drops, rock gardens, and other natural obstacles. An experienced cross-country rider will love the fast single track and monster climbs on the south side. Even the fireroads are fun and challenging for beginners.

Secondly, Henry David Thoreau probably never even heard of Walden Pond in Lynn Woods. Thoreau's Walden is in Concord and is a totally different pond. However, Lynn Woods is a beautiful place so it deserves its own naturalist.

Lastly, the climbing listed here is mainly on the south side of Walden Pond but, as with the mountain biking, the real goods are on the north side. Over the past few years, the bouldering there has been developed to the point that the number and quality of boulder problems is probably equal to Pawtuckaway and the other LW, Lincoln Woods. In fact, if the boulders at Lynn Woods were concentrated closer together, it might be better than those areas for bouldering.

For a map of the bouldering at a Lynn Woods, go to lynnwoodsbouldering.com. To view the page correctly, make sure you download the latest Java software from java.com. For more info on the amazing mountain biking at LW, go to dieselbikes.com.
By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
Aug 21, 2007
BlueEyeMountain, thanks for the update. It's been a while. Dang how the years fly by.
By Old Timer
Administrator
From: North Andover MA
May 4, 2010
The best bouldering within an hour of Boston. Many of the bouldering areas are hard to find, but there are some huge granite blocks out there and about 35 open projects at the present time.
By czd
Oct 10, 2010
Does anyone know anything about routes on the "Great Frog Bouler"? It has one of the most impressive faces I've ever seen on a boulder with two very climbable, highball aretes. I'm sure someone has done something on it....
By Coz Teplitz
From: Watertown, MA
Nov 20, 2010
Thanks for sorting the boulders into areas - it will be very helpful. Also helpful would be removing references to one boulder in the directions to another (e.g., "From the Egg Boulder, turn around and ...."). I've been out to Lynn Woods three times and found only a handful of decent problems - and that includes a bunch of wandering off trail in the woods. I've seen the pictures, so I know that more problems exist. Help me!

Still, thanks for the additional organization and for posting this stuff at all. I know it takes time, and I appreciate the opening up a resource.
By Old Timer
Administrator
From: North Andover MA
Nov 22, 2010
Coz,
We are heading out on Wednesday of this week and then probably on the weekend, too. Let us know and we will give you a tour, and I promise you won't get lost. Pete
By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Jul 18, 2011
I'm pretty sure Frog Boulder's aretes were climbed by Bob Parrot for the FAs. I had done two hard problems on the back right side years ago when my grandparents lived next to the park.

Edit: Pete - The amount of routes and your listing them on here is simply AMAZING!!! Keep up the great work, man!!!
By Old Timer
Administrator
From: North Andover MA
Jul 19, 2011
Hey Morgan,
I updated it.... Thanks for the info.
By ellen1298
Jun 16, 2013
I found a key/key fab for a Volvo underneath a boulder problem in the Mt. Spickett area. If you know who it may belong to, please let me know.
By Forrest L.
Jul 3, 2013
Higher res pdf map.

LW pdf map