Rock Climbing in Franconia Notch

Franconia Notch | New Hampshire
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Top reasons to rock climb in Franconia Notch

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    A spectacular mountain pass with the best rock climbing in the region

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    Features one of the most iconic rock features in the state, The Eaglet spire

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    Home of the famed Black Dike, Hounds Hump, and Cannon Cliff

Franconia Notch is a major mountain pass in the famous White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Notch was once home to the famous Old Man of the Mountain rock formation, the symbol of New Hampshire! One of the best parts of the Notch is the Artist’s bluff — a beautiful place to spend a day featuring spectacular views over the park, especially when the stunning fall colors of the surrounding mountains stand in contrast to the snowy peaks in the distance. This outdoor enthusiasts’ oasis offers a variety of routes, from enjoyable beginner routes to moderate routes perfect for a mellow intro to multi-pitch trad climbing up to 5.12! Climb the solid granite stone, enjoy the stunning scenery and make the most of your day!


Early April through late November

Nearest city

Portland, ME, is just over 2 hour away


1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced


Choose how you spend your day

Half-Day of Rock Climbing With a Private Guide


Step into the great outdoors and experience rock climbing on the famous Artist Bluff in Franconia Notch! On this half-day of rock climbing you can either learn fundamental climbing techniques or take your skills to the next level with a little help from your local expert guide! Just minutes from Lincoln, NH, this popular venue is home to a number of rock climbs suitable for anyone from total beginners to advanced climbers.

A Customized Full-Day of Rock Climbing With a Private Guide


Join your experienced guide for a day of rock climbing in the Franconia Notch and let them design your day based on your skills, goals and objectives. This area offers a variety of routes for all skill levels from 5.4 to 5.12+ grades. Climb some of the more exciting and larger formations in the New Hampshire area and enjoy a day of adventure on the rock!

Intro to Rock Climbing Class


Learn the fundamentals of rock climbing under the watchful eye of an experienced local guide. Practice basic rock climbing techniques, such as belaying and anchor setting, while mastering your movement on the rocks. Franconia Notch’s mellow routes will provide the perfect setting, and the views will motivate you to go even higher!

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Covid measures in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire, please refer to the official COVID-19 pages for New Hampshire.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • Experienced rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Half or full day of rock climbing in Franconia Notch
    • All technical climbing gear

What’s not included:

    • Transportation
    • Food and snacks
    • Beverages
    • Accommodation

How fit do I need to be?

If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun retreat, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

Franconia Notch has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!

For intermediate to advanced climbers, Franconia Notch has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

What about required equipment?

All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

    • Helmet
    • Ropes
    • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
    • Belay device
    • Chalk bag
    • Harness with a locking carabiner
    • Rock shoes

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
    • Water bottle
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For the private half-day adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1 and cost is per person.
    • For the private full-day adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 3:1 and cost is per person.
    • Costs per person decrease as the group grows, making it a perfect opportunity to go climbing with your friends and family.

If you are traveling with a bigger group, let us know and we will make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors under the age of 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Franconia Notch, most people fly to Portland International Airport (PDX) in Maine, which is just over two hours away. You can rent a car or use one of the local shuttle companies to get to the Franconia Notch.

The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking. Guides determine exact locations after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.

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