College Rock

College Rock near Hopkinton, MA


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
5 miles
2hours
easy
Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Summer, Fall, Spring
Hopkinton, MA
User EMS Boston

This rock wall is about a 75 yard traverse ranging from 10 to 40 feet in height. Good toproping (bring long webbing sections, minimum 2 30foot webbing and 2 20ft, though 50 foot lengths will get your biners over most edges with the least work.) There are a few places suitable for trad leading. Toprope anchorage is mostly trees, but there are also some solid exposed roots and slingable flakes/boulders as well as cracks for placed gear/pro. The climbs are mostly 5.6 to 5.9 with a couple of 5.10's and one 5.11. I've seen 8 ropes dropped at one time here (all the good climbs). The cliff is in the woods, and doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight. If it's been damp overnight and not especially warm in the morning, expect most cracks to be wet, with subsequent increase in difficulty. There is a small parking area for about 9 cars (w/some parking on the street). CR is also at the head of some popular mountain biking/hiking trails, and so climbers compete with bikers/hikers for parking on the weekends. It's not a huge cliff, and with 8 ropes down it can be packed, but has been known to be empty. There are regulars who frequent CR weekly, but the vibe is generally friendly and folks will share rope/belay with you. The area has been maintained by the Hopkinton Conservation Commission, and there are some benches, a picnic table, some trash cans (in the parking area) and a small roofed sign board with a route map/ratings.

Directions:

College Rock in Hopkinton, MA. To get there, take the route 85 exit off of Rt 495 in Hopkinton, and take the first right onto College Street. About a quarter mile down the road there is a small parking lot on the right. There is a trailhead in the parking lot that leads right to the rock.


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