Rock climbing in the Lake Champlain Region provides a unique set of challenges and a variety of climbing experiences — all among incredible views. Surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains of New York, the Green Mountains of Vermont and the massive Lake Champlain, the region is home to dozens of routes that range in difficulty, length and style.
For anyone looking for adventure, check out the Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest in the towns of Essex and Westport. Offering 3,700 acres of forest and miles of Lake Champlain hiking trails to explore, this is a gorgeous natural habitat full of wildlife and rock slabs to conquer.
At Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain, moderate-to-difficult multi-pitch rock and ice climbs are found on the mountain's 500 foot high south facing slab. On the steeper eastern face, find difficult crack climbs, traditional mixed routes and ice columns in winter. Just be aware that many routes are closed during peregrine falcon nesting season, so remember to check closures before heading out.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced climber, the Lake Champlain Region offers routes for people of all ability levels. Licensed Adirondack guides are easy to hire for professional instruction and insider's tips for some of the best rock climbing spots in the Adirondacks.
Leave No Trace
The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.