Arial view of Hanging Mountain cliff.

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Access Update 6/20/2020

The WMCC is now condoning climbing at all western MA crags (see climbgneiss.org) EXCEPT Farley and Hanging Mountain, and will keep the Farley parking lot CLOSED until Rumney opens again. […]

North East Local Climbing Organization Letter to Climbers

Dear Fellow Climber: Local Climbing Organizations, Access Fund, partner organizations and land managers throughout the Northeast have been in discussions regarding what it means for us as society begins to […]

Next board meeting: Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00PM

Questions about closures and reopening of Western Mass climbing areas? Want to know how you can get more involved? Interested in hearing what happens behind the scenes at the WMCC […]

Covid-19 Closure

Dear climbers, The WMCC board members have met and voted unanimously, in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic, to close the properties we own – the Farley Ledges parking lot […]

Rose Ledge

Rose Ledge represents one of the region's most popular climbing destinations and deservedly so. The 40’-60’ cliff line contains a plethora of climbs for all abilities (5.4-5.13) though excels in both number and quality of moderate climbs.

Sunbowl

NEW PARKING LOT! SUNBOWL OPEN The aptly named Sunbowl is located in sleepy Sunderland, MA. Although the rock quality is fairly poor and the number of routes modest, the moderate grades, temperate micro-climate and easy access make this one of Western Massachusetts’s most popular crags for novice leaders or those seeking a quick workout.

Happy Valley & The Hideaway

These two areas represent some of the finer bouldering in the Pioneer Valley. While these are technically two distinct areas, they are located from the same access point and are within a 10 minute hike of one another.

Chapel Ledge

Chapel Ledge is tucked away in the quiet hills of Ashfield, MA. This spectacular setting has strong roots to the climbing history in Western Mass and has evolved into one of the area's premier beginner crags.
Profile view of female climber on arête, silhouette against the setting sun.

Mormon Hollow

Mormon Hollow sits inside the beautiful Wendell State Forest in Wendell, MA, just a few miles south and across the Millers River from Farley Ledges.  Although Mormon is smaller then Farley, its impeccable rock quality, high concentration of routes, and relative solitude make this crag a very worthy destination.

Skinner

The Skinner area is located on the southern edge of Hadley, Massachusetts inside the beautiful J. A. Skinner State Park.  Although modest in size, the high quality of both the stone and the routes themselves make Skinner an excellent destination for a solid day of climbing.

Farley Ledges

Many climbers traverse Route 2 in Farley, Massachusetts numerous times, looking for - but never quite catching sight of - Farley Ledges tucked behind the trees. While this search might prove to be an apt metaphor for one's entire trip, the high concentration of tall, hard routes and excellent bouldering make the effort worth it.

Reservoir Rocks in Great Barrington

The boulders at Reservoir Rocks in Great Barrington is comprised of compact and finely textured Gneiss which lends itself to technical and aesthetic climbing. Although there does exist a large main face home to some great top roping routes the spotlight belongs on the fantastic bouldering at “the Res.”

Roadside

The Roadside Crag is located in Montague, MA one mile from the entrance to Wendell State Forest and three quarters of a mile from Mormon Hollow.  This tiny cliff offers surprisingly pumpy but mostly moderate bouldering with a one minute approach.
Arial view of Hanging Mountain cliff.

Hanging Mountain

Hanging Mountain lays in the small, southwestern Massachusetts hamlet of Sandisfield, just three miles from the Connecticut border. The WMCC owns 14 acres of mountainside and jointly manages the area with Connecticut’s Ragged Mountain Foundation through a Joint Stewardship Committee.

Rattlesnake Gutter

The Gutter, a deep boulder-strewn ravine located north of the gated road, contains an interesting boulderfield and  broken cliffbands where climbing is neither prohibited nor actively managed.