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BETA PHOTO: Looking across Upper Tier from the left end.


Wolf Rock is located within the Joshua Land Trust. See joshuaslandtrust.org/wolfrock.... for more information. It has two distinct cliffs, the Upper Tier and the Lower Tier.

Both of these are relatively short - about 30 to 40 feet. I'm not certain about the rock type, but it seems like gneiss and is similar in characteristic to Rose Ledges in western Massachusetts. There are some slabs, vertical cracks, as well as some larger horizontal cracks. The rock quality is good. The Upper Tier rock is very clean but the Lower Tier is a bit dirty due to runoff after rain.

The Upper Tier is sunny and has the easier routes (5.1 to 5.6). The Lower Tier is more shaded and has more challenging routes (5.2 to 5.9+). Both cliffs offer relatively easy top rope setups provided you bring some long webbing or trad gear. There are a number of trees that can be used as well as one huge metal eyebolt at the top of Upper Tier. Some of the climbs are leadable with decent protection.

The approach to the cliffs is about a five minute walk from the road on the blue blazed Nipmuck trail. You will end up at a balanced boulder on the top of the Upper Tier cliff. It's possible to descend on either side of the cliff to the base, but it's probably easier to go towards the right (with your back towards the approach trail and the parking). To get to the Lower Tier cliff, follow the trail from about the center of the Upper Tier.

After climbing, you can wolf down some delicious wings and beer at Bidwell Tavern.

Bidwell Tavern Cafe
1260 Main St
Coventry, CT 06238-3155
(860) 742-6978

Getting There 

Take I84 to Rt 195 South. Follow Rt 195S through the UConn campus and keeping going towards Mansfield Center. Turn right on Brown's Road. Follow for one mile until the fork in the road and take the left onto Crane Hill Rd. After about 0.15 miles on Crane Hill Rd, look for a pullout and park. You should see a sign for Joshua's Conservation and Historic Trust on your left. Follow the blue blazed Nipmuck trail for about 1/4 mile.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.3 miles from here

21 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',0]

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Lurch 5.9- route

Lurch 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c  CT : Eastern Highlands : ... : Lower Tier
One of my favorite climbs at Wolf Rock, rated to a 5.9- but definately feels more like a +. The crux is the second or so move in and consists of one jug and few rollers to get over the slight overhang. Unfortunately there isn't much after the crux, making it a very short climb. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CT

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Lower Tier from a distance.
BETA PHOTO: Lower Tier from a distance.
Sign at trail head on Crane Hill Rd Storrs Mansfie...
Sign at trail head on Crane Hill Rd Storrs Mansfie...

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By javd
From: East Brookfield MA
Sep 10, 2014
Lower tier was very dirty in some areas but seemed to be from run off.
By javd
From: East Brookfield MA
Sep 10, 2014
If you're coming from I-84 westbound, from Central Mass, it's easier to take ct89 south from I-84. It brings you right to Brown Rd. It avoids Uconn traffic and is about 5 miles shorter.
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