While most of the approaches are self explanatory, there is one approach trail that leads up along the rim of A Face, Pink Face, C Wall and Drill Holes that is worth mentioning. It takes you around the left side of the Little Railroad Quarry and brings you in at the top of the wall ready to set anchors. It is an easier, albeit slightly longer, hike than the well known scramble along the bottom of the northern rim of the quarry. (Especially if you are carrying coffee, donuts, extra tarps, lounge chairs or other quarry essentials.)
To get to the trailhead from the parking lot here's what you do, as you proceed down the paved path you come to the large open paved area, looking stright ahead you see into the Little Railroad Quarry (Cwall), looking to your right you see L and M faces. Look left and down a small slope you will see a small retension pond ringed with cat o' nine tails. Go down into that gully and follow the right shore around the pond. At this point you will have the small pond on your left and a small hill on your right. Continue following that shoreline around the hill to the right and 1/3 of the way around the hill look left and you will see a set of stone steps going up a different hill to your left. Go up those steps and you will find yourself on the rim trail above A wall. Keep following around the rim till you're above C Wall. It's an easy scramble to the top where you will see a few trees and a few bolted anchors to set up top ropes.
Quincy Quarries is just off the southeast expressway (Rt. 93), best bet from either direction is exit 8. From the south: offramp drops you onto rotary - continue 1/3 way around - take your 2nd right (follow signs for 93N - like you're going to get back on the HW) - just as you're about to get on the highway, the onramp forks - bear right taking you down the ramp. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp, swinging you under the highway and back up the other side. Get in the right lane at the stop sign, go straight (across Willard St.) at the Mr. Tux. Continue up the hill a 1/4 mile to parking lot on the right. *Note - At each of the forks listed above there are signs pointing to "Quarry Hills." From the north - exit 8 puts you right onto Willard St. Keep a sharp eye out for Mr. Tux on the right. Turn right at Mr. Tux. Go up the hill a 1/4 mile to parking lot on the right.
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Posted By: bluesnpolitics
- Sat Dec 06 12:25:24 EST 2008
UpsideLots of routes near Boston. a few leads. many different kinds of climbing.
DownsideSlippery rock. Graffiti of varying artistic merit
CommentWorth regular visits as long as you also travel whenever time permits.