I have seen a few informations sources that describe easy rock climbing top rope spots in New Hampshire/Maine (Cathedral Ledge/Saco Crag/Square Ledge/Shell Pond/Jocker Cap etc). However, I'm always asking myself if thoses spots also imply a trail to go up the crag to set-up top rope, or if we need someone to lead the pitch, and then set-up the top rope anchor.
So my question is, is there some top roping spots (with bolts or trees anchor) in New Hampshire or Maine, which ALSO include a trail to go up for setting up the anchor.
Thanks a lot !
First off, Cathedral Ledge has no "easy" top rope setups other than the newer very short "Other Classroom". The popular North End is definitely NOT easy to hike to the top of and is the scene of one fatality when a camp counselor was trying to "hike" to the top of the North End. The approach is tricky to find and requires less than secure 3rd class scrambling.
The "new or other classroom" is easily approached from above (you drive to the top of the cliff) but does not have great anchor options at the top. 50 feet of static line would help there but the routes are barely 30 feet in length so I wouldn't call it a great destination.
Since you mention Maine Acadia National Park argueably has the best top access top-roping around (Otter Cliffs) though much of it is better "top belayed" since it is a sea cliff and that presents specific challenges.
Pawtuckaway is probably the best place in NH/ME for easy top-access less complicated top-roping.
Saco Crag has some options but is also really small and short.
Shell Pond pretty much requires leading, no easy top access.
Lost Horizon, at Sundown Cliff, is a great little TR spot with relatively easy access up a 3rd class gully. Quite a few bolted anchors can be reached above the climbs with a little caution.
Lincoln Crag in Lincoln NH has some nice TR with relatively easy to reach anchors.
Echo Crag has epicly good TR but no top access so solid 5.7 leading is nice to have to have more options.
Square Ledge has two climbs TR-able with a 60m, Chimney 5.6 and Brain 5.8. The west face is best TR'd with a 40 foot static to extend the anchors.
Barber Wall of Cathedral has great 5.9+ top-roping with pretty easy top access.
All I can think of right now but should get you started....