2020 Access/Closures

Please refer to this list for the current state of access for all Vermont cliffs. It is of the utmost importance that we as a community respect these closures so that we can keep access unimpeded going into the future.

Northwest Vermont

Lower West BoltonOPEN

Upper West BoltonOPEN

Upper Upper West BoltonOPEN – Peregrine Falcons have historically nested at Upper Upper West. Nesting season has concluded. For reference, here is a map of the 2020 closure area:

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Bolton DomeOPEN – CRAG-VT has secured a parking lot at the Bolton Dome. To get to parking, turn off Route 2 onto Champ Lane. The lot is your first left (under the auto shop sign). There are 12 designated spots. If these spots are taken please park on the south side of Route 2 (fully off the pavement and clear of mailboxes). Dogs are not permitted due to the front country nature of the crag.

The parking area is closed in the winter from December 15th to March 15th. If you wish to access the cliff during these months you can do so by parking at one of the four spots near the Telecom Hut on Green Mountain Drive or at Smilie School and walk along Route 2.


Lone Rock Point – OPEN – All climbers must get a Rock Point Property Pass via the process described here: rockpointvt.org/rock-point-… . We highly suggest making a donation to the Rock Point Center as part of the process. It will help to mitigate fees incurred by CRAG-VT to ensure access and allow the Rock Point Center to continue to offer their unique property to the general public. Every time that climbers access Lone Rock Point, they must sign in at the kiosk located at the Diocesan offices parking lot and utilize the marked trail to reach the cliff. Please sign out when leaving. The number of climbers is limited to 8 at any given time. Lone Rock Point is open during daylight hours for climbing.

Bolton Quarry – OPEN – Please drive under 10 mph once you are on green mountain drive as the locals are very sensitive to speeding and noise. Speeding will threaten access to this area.

During the winter months, the Quarry Access Road is closed to traffic. There are 3-4 spots downhill from the Telecom Hut a few hundred yards up Green Mountain Drive depending on whether that area has been plowed. DO NOT block the Telecom Hut. DO NOT park in the path of road travel, DO NOT park anywhere else along Green Mountain Drive. If you do so you will be liable to be towed. If these spots are taken or unplowed, there is overflow parking at Smilie School just .5 miles down the road.


Carcass CragOPEN – (see Bolton Quarry parking information)

82 Crag – OPEN – (see Bolton Quarry parking information)

Pit Crag – OPEN

Bog Wall – OPEN

Bone Mountain – OPEN – The 2020 nesting season has concluded. Peregrine Falcons have historically nested at Bone Mountain on the Eastern portion of the cliff between “Bone of Contention” and “Skeleton Crack”. For reference, the following is the 2020 closure area:

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North Central Vermont

Smuggler’s NotchOPEN

Prospect Rock OPEN – The 2020 nesting season has concluded. Peregrine Falcons have historically nested at Prospect Rock and the entire cliff has been closed to climbing during nesting season. 

Butcher’s CragsOPEN

Mid Vermont

Deer Leap – OPEN

Lake Dunmore – OPEN

Brandon Gap – OPEN

Central Vermont

Marshfield Ledge OPEN – The 2020 nesting season has concluded. Peregrine Falcons have nested at Marshfield Ledge and there is a closure area between (and including) the routes Parula and The Swarm. For reference the following is a photo of the 2020 closure area:

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Spice Mountain – OPEN

Owl’s Head – OPEN

The Northeast Kingdom

Wheeler Mountain – OPEN

Mount Hor – OPEN

Bald Hill – OPEN

Black Mountain – OPEN

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