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Site of the New England's ice climbing classic Way in the Wilderness. The cliff is visible from Kancamagus Highway and has characteristic vertical black streaks on it. The only rock route of note is the adventurous Windjammer.
From North Conway, take NH 112 Kancagamus Highway for about 7 miles. You will see Painted Walls and the adjacent Rainbow Slabs (to the left of Painted Walls) on the right. Leave a car at the parking lot, drop down and cross the river. Turn left and follow a ski trail for about half a mile before turning right towards the cliff. There's no trail from this point -- bushwhack uphill until you reach the cliff. In the winter snow shoes are useful.
2 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Painted Walls:
Straights of Magellan 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Windjammer 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 3 pitches
Featured Route For Painted Walls
Steep and fun climbing in a semi-secluded area. The best rock on the cliff (some say the ONLY good rock). Good gear and quality climbing. p1 is about 10+ with fixed gear and is best combined with the second pitch 11a/b a flare/groove p3 is wild finger and hand crack up a steep wall. One long rap 180' gets you back down....[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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