Shelving Rock is a destination cliff on the east side of Lake George. Shelving has seen a ton of development in the last few years and is not included in the paper edition of Adirondack Rock. However, ADK rock has kept up on their website.
The approach is short 5-20min depending on which wall you go to. The views of Lake George are first class. There are over 75 routes ranging from 5.5 to 5.12+. Many of the climbs are modern trad (gear and bolts). There are also many straight up sport climbs. Some walls get direct sun and some are shady giving the climber options depending on weather conditions.
This cliff is awesome if you are climbing anywhere near Lake George it is well worth it.
Note: Helmets are recomended for climber and belayer. Lots of choss was cleaned during development but occasionally more loose rock is encountered.
From exit 20 of the Northway head north on rt 9 for a couple minutes then take a right onto rt 149. Follow rt 149 into Washington County and turn LEFT onto Buttermilk Falls Road. Follow this straight out until it becomes dirt. Continue until the Upper Hogtown Parking Area (Sleeping Beauty) is directly ahead. Turn left and go downhill on dirt and paved road for a couple miles. Look for the Shelving Rock hiking trailhead on your right. Continue past this to the next large parking lot of the left. Park. Look for a path across the road (right hand side) and the far end of the parking area. The parking lot is just under 14 miles from 149. Total drive time from the highway is about 40 minutes, depending on how gentle you are to car on the dirt sections.
37 Total Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]
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Claim Jumper 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c NY
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up a left facing corner about 12 off the ground to small roof with a fix nut. step right and go up to large roof pull roof. then up to an overhang go over the overhang(crux). left around a bulge back right and up. finish in a right facing corner with a big crack in it to a ledge....[more] Browse More Classics in NY
Latest Regional Forum Messages
|By Kevin Heckeler|
From: Upstate New York
May 30, 2013
There A LOT of climbing here and much of it is listed on the Adirondack Rock goodies page fwiw...
Don't know if I'd give it 4 stars when compared to other 4 star ADK areas, but it's certainly a quality climbing area with some (rare) all sport routes.
Aug 25, 2013
CORRECTION - the turn onto Buttermilk Rd is a LEFT (i.e. north) turn off Rt 149.
From: Lake George, NY
May 15, 2014
|By JVB Project|
Aug 18, 2014
Make sure that you drive past the official ADK shelving rock sign. Not the little ones for the falls or hikes.