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Western Highlands  


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Kris working the over hanging section near the top...

Description 

Climbing in Northwestern CT is not as varied or bountiful as other parts of the state but none the less there are some great areas to grab your rope and get out for some pulling. This region is remarkably more hilly, containing CT's highest spot, the side of a hill that has a summit just over the border into Massachusetts.

Getting There 

There is a network of roads throughout the region although there is no main thruway.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.1 miles from here

81 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',25],['2 Stars',38],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',19],['5.7',12],['5.8',14],['5.9',19],['5.10',14],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Western Highlands:
Try   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   St. John's Ledges : Lower Ledges
Green Grizzly   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 230'   Grizzly Cliff
Dreadlock   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   Whitestone Cliff : Right Side
Trail Magic    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   St. John's Ledges : Upper Ledges
Nectar of the Gods   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Whitestone Cliff : The Slab
Crocodile Tears   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Orenaug Park
Withywindle Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Diamond Ledge
Cobalt   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Orenaug Park
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Dreadlock . 5.8. Just lead this today, very nice, ...

Dreadlock 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CT : Western Highlands : ... : Right Side
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By DWABS
Apr 16, 2011
I am originally from North Canaan, CT but didn't get into climbing until I left for UVM. Have been back and climbed since. The NW Corner has a ton of possibility. Tons and tons of boulders, just need to know where to look. Many quality crags as well, just needs to be some dedication, time, and effort into developing, documenting, and gaining access..I hope to get to be a part of this one day.