Of the small crags in this chapter, Deer Leap offers perhaps the prettiest vista — a sweeping, airy panorama of the Green Mountains south and west from high above Sherburne Pass. The rock itself is beautiful: solid, clean, and gleaming white with quartz. Although there are only a few routes here (all one-pitch), their high quality guarantees a fun outing. The classics are: Deer Leap Crack (5.7): the obvious, well-protected vertical crack system; and, to its left, Monkey Traverse to Deer Leap Direct (5.8). Several harder climbs can also be found here. Top-ropes can be readily set up by using several pairs of recently-placed bolt anchors.
How To Get There:
Take I-91 South to I-89 North; exit at Route 4, driving west to Sherburne Pass (near Killington and Pico Ski areas). Park near the historic Long Trail Lodge (at the height-of-land). Follow the famous Long Trail north, then turn left and hike back south to gain the crag (direct access from the highway is no longer allowed).