Bolton Quarry

Cliff Steward: 
Guidebook: Tough Schist
Mountain Project: 
Bolton Quarry
Access Beta & Closures page

The Climbing: The Bolton Quarry takes the prize for Vermont’s most accessible climbing, with a hike of 90 seconds from car to rock. The Cat’s Ass wall is among the first in the state to dry with the Dwarf Wall coming in a close second. The main Quarry routes stay cool and shady, making them excellent mid-summer options when everything at The Dome and 82-Crag are charred. In the winter The Quarry holds excellent ice climbing, both for beginners looking to toprope and for WI5 climbers looking for an accessible pump just a short drive from Burlington. 

Don’t Miss: Wandering the Halls (5.7), Happy (5.9), Junior’s First Bolt (5.9+), Sweet Sweet Choss (10a), Collateral Daveage (11a), Cat’s Ass (11d)

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 2004, CRAG-VT purchased the Bolton Quarry, a 30-acre parcel that includes stunning vertical ice pillars and some classic rock climbs. CRAG-VT then worked with the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) and Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) to establish a conservation easement that ensures permanent protection for future climbing and recreation.

Thank You to Our Partners: Funding for the Bolton Quarry acquisition was provided by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB), the Vermont Recreation Trails Grant Program, The Access Fund, and Climb High/Mammut. The donations from 125 CRAG-VT members were also critical to the project’s success.

Historical Context: CRAG-VT’s acquisition of the Quarry was the first land conservation purchase specifically for rock and ice climbing in Vermont.  The Quarry acquisition project received a fair amount of local media attention including articles in the Burlington Free Press, Seven Days, and NE Cable News; as well as nationally in Rock & Ice, Climbing Online, and Access Fund Vertical Times. While the publicity was important to the project’s success, it also brought attention to CRAG-VT’s mission and was an important foundation for future projects.

Ricky Ortiz, Happy 5.9 at the Quarry