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Rattlesnake Cliff

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Climbing Bind T,TR 
Coil Spring T,TR 
Darkness at Noon TR 
Diamondback TR 
Down-to-Earth T 
Duck-Over T,S 
Flying Raccoon T 
Franny and Zoey T 
Hard Nut to Crack T,TR 
Ivy League TR 
Log Jam T 
Moondog Delight T 
Mother Russia T,TR 
Near Miss T,TR 
Night shift T 
Pieces of Eight T 
Pit Viper T,TR 
Rattler TR 
Roller Coaster T,TR 
Shorthanded T,TR 
Slip Knot T 
Snakebite T,TR 
Solidarity T,TR 
Squeezed Out T,TR 
Three Stooges T,TR 
Tight Feeling T,TR 
Twister T,TR 
Verdant T,TR 

Rattlesnake Cliff  

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Trail Register box at the top of Rattlesnake Rock.


This wooded crag makes an excellent winter crag. It is south facing and gets sun for most of the afternoon. The summit offers pleasant views of the eastern side of the ridge. In the summertime, there are persistent mosquitoes, and the right side of the cliff weeps.

Getting There 

Follow the Metacomet trail from Pinnacle or from Route 6. The last time I visited there was a climber's trail starting from the neighborhood west of the crag.

Find the power lines on Forest Hills Dr. Follow the lines south for about 1/4 mile and look for a trail on the left. If you do not find a trail on the left, head left until you find either a quad trail on the metacomet. The quad trail can be followed, But eventually you will need to just head uphill. When you find the Metacomet, follow it north towards the crag. If you hit Greenwall, you have gone too far.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

28 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rattlesnake Cliff:
Mother Russia   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   
Solidarity   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 75'   
Moondog Delight   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Night shift   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad   
Franny and Zoey   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Pieces of Eight   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Slip Knot   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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By Apc0243
Jun 6, 2013
Does anyone know if this can be climbed on TR? I have a friend that hikes and wants to try it but hes not really ready for trad...
By Morgan Patterson
Jun 7, 2013
Everything in CT can be TR'd just bring 100 ft of static and some gear...
By Kurtz
Mar 19, 2015
Approaching from Forest Hills Dr. is not very good these days. The power line right-of-way is heavily overgrown and flanked by new houses. You can approach from the cul-de-sac to Green Wall and then continue south on the Metacomet Trail but this route can be hard to find your first time. Following the Metacomet Trail from Rt. 6 or Pinnacle is the safest bet.
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