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Chapel Ledge

Chapel Ledge is tucked away in the quiet hills of Ashfield, MA. Chapel has strong roots to the climbing history in western Mass and has evolved into one of the area's premier beginner crags offering up some spectacular settings. The rock at Chapel is boldly featured granite reminiscent of crags in the White Mountains or Yosemite. Slabs dominate the climbing style here, however more difficult test pieces such as Ken Nichols' Forget-Me-Knot (5.11+) pepper the walls. Expect to usually find people or groups here but the climbing should not be missed. The small bouldering wall at the base may help to pass the time as well.


Chapel Ledge is part of the Chapelbrook, property owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations. A parking lot is located off of Ashfield Road at the main entrance. The left lot (heading north) is on the same side as the crag. Great swimming holes on the other side of the road help to round out a hot, humid afternoon. Chapelbrook is free so please help to support the Trestees.



The main trail takes the dirt road beyond the gate to the kiosk. From here, timber steps and the obvious trail make their way to the bottom of the cliff. A newly renovated climber's trail climbs to the summit hugs the cliff passing by several other popular walls. A hikers trail stays along the base and joins up at the summit.


Current issues

The WMCC completed some major trail improvements here as part of Adopt-A-Crag '05. A variety of projects along the climber's trail took place resulting in some much needed improvements.