I highly recommend using Mountain Project to scope out the area, as it contains trail maps with boulders marked, as well as photos, so you know what you’re looking for. Access isn’t an issue, since the climbing is located on MA DCR land. Just remember to be courteous to others, utilize LNT ethics, and respect the area that we are lucky enough to be able to use.
The rock at Gilbert Hills is highly textured glacial erratic granite. It can be extremely sharp and gritty, featuring small crimps and even smaller footholds. Be sure to bring a brush for the cobwebs, and some tape for your skin! Many of the problems in Gilbert Hills were FA’d by local “legends” like Joe McLoughlin, Jeremy Wall, Mike Robin, and Dana Seaton, to name a few.
Gilbert Hills has over 100 total boulder problems, spread out across many individual boulders. There are even some lasting projects in the V10-V12 range that still need an ascent! Some boulders boast up to 8 problems on an individual rock, while others have 1 or 2. For this reason, going to Gilbert Hills with a plan and a map is a must. The park is notorious for being easy to get lost in, and many boulders aren’t trafficked enough to have well-worn paths like Lincoln Woods. Gilbert Hills is a great spot to hike around, get lost, and try some high-quality, if obscure, bouldering!