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Submitted By: Jim Lawyer on Jun 21, 2012
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There is presently no camping allowed at Silver Lake. There are some nearby campgrounds, though.

Description 

New York State recently acquired an easement for public recreation to this 17,000 acre area. Known by locals simply as "Silver Lake", this area comprises 14 or more cliffs on two mountains -- Silver Lake Mountain and Potter Mountain.

Full information for rock routes is here.

Ice climbing at Silver Lake is here.

Beware of the bugs! The insect population is more abundant here than most other areas of the park. Spring and fall are the best times to visit.

Getting There 

From Wilmington, take Bonnie View Road to its end, then left onto Silver Lake Road. Within 4 miles you'll see the cliffs on the right. Continue to the intersection with Turnpike Road, then to one of the trailheads:

Silver Lake Mountain Trailhead: From the intersection with Turnpike Road, go west on Silver Lake Road for 1.4 miles to the Silver Lake Mountain Trailhead. A DEC sign marks the parking area. About 0.2 miles before the trailhead is a logging road on the right; this is the parking and access for Mud Pond and C Chimney Cliff.

Turnpike Road Trailhead: Follow Turnpike Road for 1 mile to a gated logging road on the left.

Goodrich Mills Trailhead: Follow Turnpike Road to a hairpin turn, where the road changes name to Goodrich Mills Road. At 2.8 miles is a logging road on the left.

Climbing Season



Weather station 14.0 miles from here

18 Total Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Silver Lake:
Poker Face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 210'   Potter Mountain Cliff
Piece Out   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   Potter Mountain Cliff
Honeybadger   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Potter Mountain Cliff
Groovitational Pull   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 260'   Potter Mountain Cliff
Tears of Gaia   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   C Chimney Cliff
Where the Wild Things Are   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 330'   Potter Mountain Cliff
Positive Latitude   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 320'   Potter Mountain Cliff
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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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By Jim Lawyer
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Jul 19, 2012
Oakcy: I've noticed this on other routes as well. Next time I go, I'll take a lightweight wrench and snug any that I find. (Perhaps others can do this too.) The fixed hardware is new and may take a while to seat properly.
By davidbr
Nov 22, 2014
This post is directed primarily to anyone involved in the FA or the FFA of Sinner Repent at the Centre of Progress cliff.

I'd love to know why you chose to take the route out the ledge to the right and up the thinner crack rather than continue following the original wide crack to the top. To be honest, I was afraid of trying the bouldery moves off the ledge to gain the handcrack, and just went back into the wide one to the top. Anyone wanting to go that way will find a slung tree now (we made it down from there with double 70s, but be careful if using 60s).

None of that is intended as any sort of criticism (and someone who admittedly couldn't pull those moves off the ledge is in no position to criticise anyway). This is a fantastic route - congrats on putting it up.