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Haystack Rock

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.3 2 1 - 3

Directions to Haystack Rock

This wall is in property owned by USFS. Be respectful.
From the Shell gas station in Slade, turn left out of the parking lot onto Route 15 and drive 3.4 miles until you see a sign for Tunnel Ridge Road. Turn left onto Tunnel Ridge Road and follow for a 3.7 miles until it ends at a large parking area for Auxier Ridge. Park and follow the Auxier Ridge Trail (Trail #204) for 1.8 miles along a ridge. When the ridge narrows and becomes all rock, angle back left and walk out a few hundred feet to a buttress.

Wall Sun: Unknown

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality User Stars Length Picture


Haystack Trad 5.3
2.00  (4) 40ft


Girdle Traverse Trad 5.4
3.00  (1) 60ft  


Dirty Rastafarian Scoundrels Mixed 5.6
4.25  (4) 90ft


Ascentionist said on November 26th, 2005
Fun old school routes with great exposure