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Potter Mountain Cliff

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Potter Mountain Cliff  

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Submitted By: Jim Lawyer on Jun 21, 2012


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Sitting just below the summit of Potter Mountain, this is one of the largest cliffs at Silver Lake. It contains some of the best multi-pitch face climbing in the northeast. The rock is some of the best in the park -- vertical acres of dimpled awesomeness, scoured clean by winter ice.

The cliff heats up in the summer, so don't go here if it's warmer than 70 degrees. In the cool weather of October and November, there is no better place to be; even if it's below freezing at the car, you'll be climbing in T-shirts at the cliff.

Full information is here.

Getting There 

From the Goodrich Mills Trailhead, follow the logging road to a clearing, then bear 45 degrees right and continue on the logging road to the height of land (good view of the cliff here). Continue another 1 minute along the flat road, then look for a herd path on the left. Follow this (some cairns) to the cliff.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.7 miles from here

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Potter Mountain Cliff:
Stop Making Sense   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 380'   
Piece Out   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   
Poker Face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 210'   
Honeybadger   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Groovitational Pull   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 260'   
Where the Wild Things Are   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 330'   
Positive Latitude   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 320'   
Garden of Leadin'   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   
Once in a Lifetime   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
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Pitch 1, view from start

Groovitational Pull 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Potter Mountain Cliff
Another fine route at Potter Mtn. Good protection, nice moves, and great views.p1 10a Make a move to a pod in the left-rising crack (#3 cam). Move a bit right and up the face to a thin seam , then up to a finger crack which leads to a ledge. Make a hard move right off the ledge and continue straight up to a wide ledge and a fixed anchor. 140'p2 5.9+ Carefully work up and left on flakes, then straight up to the top of a right-facing flake. Angle up and right to the base of a...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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Summit of Potter Mt. after topping out Where the W...
Summit of Potter Mt. after topping out Where the W...
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By Dominic Rickicki
Sep 28, 2014
If there's one thing the ADK should be known for it is its plethora of technical off-vert climbs, and this cliff sports some of the best in the park. Get your feet ready, it's gonna be fun.
By Dominic Rickicki
May 2, 2015
Just to clear some things up about the approach,The road you are looking for is after the 15mph turn, on the left (if driving in from route 3), you can just barely see a pink gate blocking the road when you drive by. Park across the street from this. After the clearing spoken of here where you go 45 degrees right you're going to go uphill for a while and when you reach the height of land spoken of in the guidebook, there is a road that goes left and appears as though it goes straight to the cliff. Don't take this road! stay on the right side and walk on level/downhill land until you hit the trail on the left. I just stacked a cairn at the beginning of the trail today that should be very obvious to locate. From there take the faint herd path following scuffed rocks, the occasional cairn, and trampled trees to the base.
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