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BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
4 out of a possible 5
Rock Routes at Rainbow Slabs: grouped by Area, sorted by Name
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View from Lower Falls parking lot on the Kanc.
Description: The Rainbow Slabs are the obvious multicolored slabs that are clearly visible across the Swift River from the Lower Falls parking lot. It provides some very nice slab climbing in an aesthetic setting. It's a particularly nice place to climb in the fall when the foilage is in full force and it's not too hot.
Directions: The easiest way to get there is to wade across the Swift River if the water is low enough. Start at the pullout on the right after the Lower Falls parking lot just before the left-hand curve. This is the same place you cross to get to the Way In The Wilderness ice climb. On the far side turn right on the logging road and and join the Nanamocomuck ski trail. At an interesection with a sign, turn left and follow the right-hand logging road to a climbers trail. Continue up to the cliff. It can be hard to find in mid-summer when all the leaves are on the trees and you can't see anything in the woods!

If the river is too high you must start at the Albany Covered Bridge. A mountian bike can be very useful in this situation. Follow the trail/road upstream along the right side of the river to an intersection with the ski trail. Bear left and continue west, keeping an eye and ear out for Lower Falls. When you see the afore mentioned sign for the Nanamocomuck, bear right and follow the previous instructions.

If you can wade the river it only takes 20 minutes, mountain biking is about 30, but hiking you're into around 45. In any event it's a reasonable approach, except in the spring when the blackflies can be brutal and the Nanamocomuck is often muddy.
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Lattitude: = 44.02189, Longitude = -71.26076
Topo: A graphic topo is available for this area. CLICK HERE
Area Name Grade
Height Of Land Road To Lhasa 5.7
left slab The Pillars of Dickulese 5.6
left slab Wit's End 5.6 R
middle slab Face Dances 5.6+
middle slab Fifty Center 5.4
middle slab Pencilneck Geek 5.7
Perfect Wave slab Cruise Control 5.7+
Perfect Wave slab Take A Giant Step 5.8+
Perfect Wave slab The Littoral Zone 5.7
Perfect Wave slab The Perfect Wave 5.7
Perfect Wave slab Tsunami 5.6
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