Adventure at Hanging Mountain in Sandisfield! We went to check this new climbers destination on Route 8. The best stone trail work ever seen is on the trail to the climbing walls! Wow! Exhilarating cliffhanger edge and steep climbs just to get there! We talked to the climbers as we watched them deal with vertigo and technical expertise to make those heights and express sheer joy of having a climbing destination right here in the Hilltowns! The remainder of the trails (including hiking) were closed due to the pelegrine falcons nesting. There is more planned for the future here! Let’s keep this place growing, Hilltown Hikers have donated to this cause, more info below. Spectacular!

Hanging Mountain lays in the small, southwestern Massachusetts hamlet of Sandisfield, just three miles from the Connecticut border. The Western Mass Climbing Coalition owns 14 acres of mountainside and jointly manages the area with Connecticut’s Ragged Mountain Foundation through a Joint Stewardship Committee. The RMF split the purchase of this parcel with the WMCC, creating the only climber owned area in Southern New England.
This approximately 1000-foot-long series of southeast facing cliffs, ranging from approximately 60 to 240 feet in height, contains granite, granitic gneiss, and large pockets of friable schist. As the name may suggest, portions of Hanging Mountain can be unstable, at times shedding significant amounts of stone.

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