Crow Hill

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Summary

A great destination for traditional climbing and top roping alike, Crow Hill offers easy and moderate climbs that are cornerstones of New England climbing.

Written by

Cody Grodzki

Distance

0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

42.2 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days

Half Day to Full Day

Seasonality

All Seasons

Best in Fall.

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

Crow Hill

Review

Intro

Crow Hill is a classic New England climber's haunt. Stacked with easy to moderate top rope and traditional climbing lines, it is a great place to be from late spring until the snow starts to fall in late autumn. As with many climbing areas in the western part of Massachusetts, the rock type is "gneiss", which provides climbers with an interesting alternative from the typical New England granite. Crow Hill is a classic New England climber's haunt. Stacked with easy to moderate top rope and traditional climbing lines, it is a great place to be from late spring until the snow starts to fall in late autumn. As with many climbing areas in the western part of Massachusetts, the rock type is "gneiss", which provides climbers with an interesting alternative from the typical New England granite.

What Makes It Great

A short one-hour drive west of Boston will land you in Leominster (pronounced "Le-men-ster"), home of Crow Hill classics, such as "Green Route" (5.5), "Intertwine" (5.8), and "Thin Line" (5.8). For those with a bit more experience, "Cro-Magnun" (5.10) and "Jane" (5.11) have proven to be solid test-pieces over the years, with the former being known for its ability to spit off climbers who's crack climbing skills are not up to snuff. Regardless of which climbs you choose, be sure to show up with a helmet. Located atop Crow Hill is a popular hiking trail and it is not uncommon for hikers to knock loose rocks over the edge onto unsuspecting climbers.

Who is Going to Love It

Beginner to intermediate climbers who are looking for quality routes without a long commute will enjoy what Crow Hill has to offer. The hike from the parking lot to the cliff is mild and the cliff is stacked with routes that will please climbers of this demographic. A fun aspect of Crow Hill is its ability to offer participants both top roping, as well as traditional climbing opportunities. Many of the same routes that you can practice your traditional gear-placement skills on can be rigged up from the cliff-top to provide top roping opportunities for parties that have climbers of mixed abilities.

Although this is a definite positive for some groups, it can be detrimental to climbers who are looking to get away from the crowds. School vacation weeks, summer-time camps, and weekends all tend to provide Crow Hill with an exceptional amount of visitors, so avoid these peak times if you and your partner want a little peace and quite while you climb.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Boston, take Route 2 west to Route 31 south and drive until you hit the Leominster State Park entrance. If you park at the pond, a 5-minute hike will have you at the base of the cliff. 

Location

Crow Hill

Leominster, MA,
42.521364, -71.854448

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