82 CRag

Cliff Steward:  
Guidebook: Tough Schist
Mountain Project: 
82 Crag
Access Beta & Closures page

The Climbing: Accessed via CRAG-VT Quarry property and protected under easement, 82 Crag is one of the finest cliffs in Vermont. Climbing 82 crag in fall colors is one of the most enjoyable places to be in the state and the southern aspect gives ideal temps often as late as mid-November. Two-pitch 10s and 11s on the main face make for some of the most pleasurable climbing in Bolton. For those looking to pull hard, the Steep Wall has plenty of 5.12 and 5.13 climbing with Bolton’s hardest coming in at 14a. 

Don’t Miss: Block Party (10a), Politics of Dancing (10a), Crimp Chimp (10a), Truffle Hog (10a), Han Shot First (10c), Year of the Dog (5.10c), Doggfather (12b), Encryption (12d), Firewall (13a), Steppin Razor (13b)

Access Beta: 

  • Be sure to check our Access Beta & Closures page for COVID-19 advisory, current closures, reopening or changed operations.
  • Please drive under 10 mph on Green Mountain Drive; our neighbors are sensitive to speeding and noise. Speeding will threaten future access to this area.
  • During the winter months, the Quarry parking lot is closed and Green Mountain Road is closed to traffic. Please park on Bolton Valley Access Road in the pull-off on the east side of the road, or at the Smilie School on weekends.  
  • Do not park anywhere on Green Mountain Drive. 
  • Do not park at the Smilie School when school is in session (NO SCHOOL PARKING: M-F 7:00am – 3:30pm).

Access Story: In 2008, The Vermont Land Trust (VLT) helped the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) acquire an easement which ensured conservation and public recreation rights on the land where the 82 Crag is located. CRAG-VT collaborated with both groups to ensure climbing access was included in these protections.

Thank You to Our Partners: CRAG-VT would like to extend its gratitude to the ANR and the VLT for understanding the importance of local climbing resources and for the hard work it took to make this project a success.

History: The 82 Crag conservation protections came at a critical time. With its close proximity to Burlington, this area of forestland was at risk for development. The conservation of this land became part of the Chittenden County Uplands Conservation Project—a cooperative effort by many local groups and statewide organizations and agencies to conserve the ecological integrity, rural character, and working landscape of the northeastern uplands of Chittenden County.