Login with Facebook
Upper Washbowl Cliff

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
(Fritz) Wiesner Route T 
Butterflies are Free T 
Flashdance T 
Hesitation T 
Northern Revival T 
Overture T 
Partition T 
Prelude T 
Till the Fat Lady Sings T 
Weekend Warrior S 

Upper Washbowl Cliff  

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Page Views: 22,757
Administrators: Jim Lawyer, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: colin loher on Jun 11, 2008
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Know the location? Show us! We need it for cool new features!


Multipitch moderate mecca that overlooks Chapel pond and the great range. There are number of classic routes in the 5.8-5.11 range. The most popular three routes are: Hesitation, Partition, and Prelude/overature. The cliff is in the sun from 11:00am on. The rock quality ranges from immpeccable( most of the routes) to down right scary.

Getting There 

Approach as for the creature wall, from the creature wall follow a faint climbers trail for 20 minutes to the base of Hesitation/Weekend Warrior

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.4 miles from here

10 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper Washbowl Cliff:
(Fritz) Wiesner Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Hesitation   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
Prelude   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Butterflies are Free   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
Partition   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Overture   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Weekend Warrior   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Browse More Classics in Upper Washbowl Cliff

Featured Route For Upper Washbowl Cliff
Midway through the crux of "Butterflies are F...

Butterflies are Free 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Upper Washbowl Cliff
General: Butterflies are Free is a variation to the first pitch of Mastercharge (5.11b). Its quality, moderate grade, and popularity make it worth noting as a separate route. This route is a great alternate route to gain the 3rd-class ramp that splits the left end of the cliff as well as a great way to approach P2 of Partition.Route Description: Climb easy rock at the base of the broad corner aiming for the small ledge below and to the left of a small cedar with fixed webbing half-...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

Photos of Upper Washbowl Cliff Slideshow Add Photo
Upper Washbowl
BETA PHOTO: Upper Washbowl
Upper Washbowl Cliff (Detail)
BETA PHOTO: Upper Washbowl Cliff (Detail)
Partition is the long dark corner towards the left...
BETA PHOTO: Partition is the long dark corner towards the left...
Upper Washbowl, winter 2013
Upper Washbowl, winter 2013
Closeup view from Chapel Pond Slabs.
Closeup view from Chapel Pond Slabs.
Panoramic from Upper Washbowl
Panoramic from Upper Washbowl

Comments on Upper Washbowl Cliff Add Comment
Show which comments
By Greg Kuchyt
From: Richmond, VT
Aug 29, 2009
Descent Note: The Partition rappel is "problematic". Rappelling from the top of Partition with a single 60m rope gets you to the 3rd-class ramp but most likely will not make it to the fixed anchor (a cedar) above Mastercharge. A single 60m rope will not make it to the ground from here. There is a smaller cedar about half-way down with an awful stance that has a fixed anchor, though it has a continuously changing supply of leaver biners that are cleaned and then replaced (two ropes will get you to the ground).
The ledge the large cedar is on has a couple slots where the ropes can become jammed, so care needs to be taken to avoid this. You can wedge a stick in there to prevent the rope from running in the slots or ensure you run the ropes over the lip, and not in the slots.
By Jim Lawyer
Aug 29, 2009
Regarding the descent -- the rappel on the right end of the cliff is really easy -- one rap with a 60m rope returns you to the base. Easy pull too. For some reason, this hasn't caught on. This also avoids rappelling over all the crowds on the Wiessner Route and neighboring routes.
By Simon Thompson
From: New Paltz, NY
Nov 24, 2011
When rappelling from the large cedar on the 3rd class ledge, you can use a stick in the crack as a back-up but it is pretty easy to keep the ropes on the lip as you rappel. If you use the "stick in the crack" method, be sure to bring one from the ground. Don't break one off of the tree. Also, I didn't think the walk-off was all that bad. Yeah, it's loose in a few sections but it's pretty quick and hassle-free.
By Dominic Rickicki
Sep 16, 2013
the guidebook makes the walk off descent sound terrible but I didn't find the descent on the climbers left side of the cliff to be problematic at all, in fact it's no more difficult than hiking back down the approach trail. I would highly recommend saving yourself the hassle and just use the walk off. it's very easy to follow.
By Matt Luck
Oct 12, 2013
A 70m rope will reach from the top of Partition to the cedar on the 3rd class ledge and will also reach from the cedar to the ground.
By mattparrilla
Jun 8, 2015
Descent: I strongly second Dominic's comment. The walk off on climber's left side is the best and easiest way down if you're on the left half of the wall.
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!