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Nike Base  


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Elevation: 600'
Location: 41.6873, -72.8345 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Kurtz on Oct 18, 2012
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Nike Base is a small, seldom visited traprock (basalt) crag just south of Pinnacle Rock on the Metacomet Trail. It has a lovely view of the suburbs and is delightfully free of the broken beer bottles that adorn Pinnacle. Most climbs are 40-50 ft. tall. The ratings are old-school and stiff.

The crag is named for a Cold War era anti-aircraft missile battery that was on the site until the early 1960s. You can still see remnants of the concrete and fences, especially if you walk a bit south on the Metacomet Trail.

Access the bottom by scrambling down a brushy gully on climber's right or rappeling down. Bring a long static or webbing to set top rope anchors from trees.

Getting There 

Follow the driving and parking directions for Pinnacle Rock. As you head up the jeep trail from the road, continue past the large cement blocks another 100 yards to the top of the hill. Turn right onto the blue-blazed Metacomet Trail and walk 0.4 mile (about 20 minutes) to the top of the crag. You are 30 seconds from the crag top when the trail becomes a narrow rock ledge next to old chainlink fence. When the trail opens up again, look for the distinctive jutting block on your right about 40 feet off the trail.

You can also get there by hiking north on the Metacomet Trail from New Britain Ave., but it's a much longer walk.

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Weather station 2.7 miles from here

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By Kurtz
Oct 18, 2012
Since the crag is rarely visited, be prepared to do a little gardening and route cleaning. Watch for loose rock.