Pinnacle Boulders

The Access Fund acquired the Pinnacle Boulders in the Southern Adirondacks of New York in 2016. The Pinnacle Boulders offer Adirondack climbers easy access and a long season of bouldering. Thanks to the generosity of private landowners Ellen Wood and her family, the boulders are on their way towards permanent protection.

In 2015 local climber Justin Sanford reached out to the landowners about providing public access so the area could be included in a future bouldering guidebook. Access Fund joined Sanford and landowner Ellen Wood for a site visit where information on risk management, conservation options, and further support were discussed. Wood and her family subsequently decided to donate the property. With no local climbing organization designated for the Adirondacks, Access Fund reached out directly to climbers in the local community to gain their sense of the opportunity and to gauge their commitment to Pinnacle Boulders. Local climbers expressed both their desire to help conserve the area and their support of Access Fund in its role to facilitate the process, including a subsequent transfer of the property to the NYDEC. The landowner and Access Fund completed the donation of the property July 27, 2016. Access Fund now serves as the temporary owner of the land, with the plan to transfer it to NYDEC by mid 2019. In the first couple months of ownership on September 3, 2016, the Access Fund Conservation Team, Sanford, local climbers, and the landowner’s family conducted a site visit, celebrated the donation on the property, and installed a sign with rules and liability protection information.

The 18.5-acre Pinnacle Boulders property is located in the town of Caroga, NY. It is split by State Highway 10 above Canada Lake. It is adjacent to private lands to the southwest and its northern and eastern border is along NYDEC lands.

Driving directions: From Caroga, NY, head north 1 mile on State Highway 10 to a pull off on the left. Cross the road and follow a faint trail first on NYDEC lands, then north to the property.