Already making plans for the spring? Consider trying out some new climbing routes in Maine! There are tons of impressive spots all over the state and these are five of the best gems, according to the Colby College Mountaineering Club.
Acadia National Park
While already a huge tourist destination, Acadia is also known for its amazing ocean-side climbing spots. Be sure to check out the routes at the Precipice and Otter Cliffs.
Located in Bethel, this is a super popular spot in Maine for climbers. It is said to possibly be the most loaded cliff in all of New England! There are tons of routes available to test out endurance and skill.
The finish (or start) line of the Appalachian Trail also has many fifth-class, multi-pitch routes that ascend the famous granite giant and some of the smaller surrounding peaks as well. There is also great ice climbing near Chimney Pond, so check out this spot sooner rather than later!
The greater Bangor area has awesome opportunities for bouldering. Many of them are off the beaten path so you can expect to get the rocks all to yourself. Some of the best spots are located in Sunset Hill above the Lucerne Inn.
Clifton is located east of Bangor and holds some of the state’s best crags. Those who enjoy a mix of sport climbing and trad climbing will love Clifton and it is also a great spot to improve footwork and balancy holds. It is somewhat of a local secret, so don’t expect big crowds or waits when you stop by the crags!