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Mormon Hollow

Mormon Hollow represents another of the more popular crags in the Pioneer Valley. Located in Wendell just south of the Millers River, this crag offers a fine selection of climbs of all grades with about 30 routes in all ranging from 5.6-5.13 in all shapes and forms including slabs, technical face climbs, powerful roofs and splitter cracks. The rock is gneiss and of the highest quality. Many of the routes were previously bolted as sport climbs however were chopped back in the early 90's. While some of these routes are beginning to be restored, Mormon remains an area where top roping, traditional leads and mixed climbs prevail.


Two options exist for parking at Mormon Hollow. A new trail from Wendell State Forest was created in 2006 offering a gentle hike in from Jerusalem Road to the tops of the cliffs at Mormon. Parking for Mormon Hollow is also available roadside at the intersection of Davis Road and Coldbrook Road in Wendell. While the majority of Mormon Hollow falls within Wendell State Forest , several roads and the Davis Road area are not. Visitors need to be respectful of the private landowners who live at the end of Coldbrook Rd. to the left and right and be sure not to block vehicle access along any of the roads. We encourage people to use the parking area within Wendell State Forest to limit potential conflicts.




From Coldbrook Road, the trail to the crag begins by walking west down Coldbrook Road (dirt portion) for about 300 yards until an obvious road cut heads uphill to the left. Follow this trail uphill for about 5-10 minutes until it veers off to the right at an obvious intersection marked by cairns . This trail will take you to the base of the cliff. From Jerusalem Road, take a left pulloff near a grassy field to the new trailhead. Follow blue blazes to the top of Mormon Hollow in the vicinity of Cardiac Arete.



Current issues

Most of the destruction that Mormon experienced during the spring of 2005 has been cleaned up and efforts continue replacing much of what was destroyed. Initial activity has focused on restoring the top anchors which protect the shallow rooted groves of mountain laurel and other vegetation located along the top of the cliff.