Only 20 minutes away from Tampere city center and easily accessible, Kaarinan Kalliot offers varied climbing on mostly vertical good quality granite. Use the marked parking, and the good established paths. The boulder problems range from 4+ to 7B in difficulty. The landings are mostly flat and safe, and the rocks vary in height from only a couple of meters to about 7 meters in the Deep Freeze and Stonehenge sectors.

The two sunny sectors, Solarium and Scorchio dry up fast and are climbable soon after a light rain on a warm summer day. The big shady cliff of Deep Freeze takes longer to dry, and it can seep a long time after the winter. The seeping water has created beautiful colourful lines on the big rock face. The three new sectors, Stonehenge, Kustavin suurlähetystö and Turistikivet are all partly shady, and some of the routes dry up relatively quickly, whereas some can drip for a day or two after the rain.

The most recommended lines:
Crème de la Crème 7B
Druidi 7A+
Sisäänheittoseiska 7A
Kaikki on paskaa paitsi beta 6C
Beyond Boulder 6C
Nurmoon Panaani 6C
Kutosen camu 6B+
Lahajattomat lämmittelöö 6B
Läpihuutokutonen 6A


Kaarinan kalliot is a newly established bouldering area in northern Kangasala. The crag is a nice addition to this side of Tampere, which does not have too many climbing crags at the moment. The first routes were opened in autumn 2019 by Rami Pääkkönen, and the credit of finding the place goes to Rami's dad. More routes were added during spring and early summer of 2020, and three whole new sectors were added in spring 2021.

In the area there are also some nice small lakes for a refreshing afternoon swim.

Routes on Kaarinan kalliot
68 boulder
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Rami Pääkkönen
from Tampere, Finland
Kaarinan kalliot

The area is access sensitive!

Kaarinan kalliot is only 20 min drive from Tampere city center. From Tampere, head for the E63 road towards Jyväskylä. From Linnainmaa junction, stay on E63 for 16,1 km, then turn left on to Norojärventie. There is a boom (= puomi), but it is always open. Park 20 m after the boom next to the turning loop, leave the road and the loop open. Parking fits multiple cars, about 8. Use the designated parking, other parking areas are forbidden by the land owner. If the parking is full, you can park just across the E63 on Säynäjärventie, where many hikers leave their cars.

From the parking area all of the sectors can be easily accessed by first following the private road, then the popular hiking path, Kaarinanpolku. Sector Scorchio is also suitable for kids, as it is next to a good path, has a relatively flat open area in sun with trees for shade and only one moderately high rock face. The other sectors may require more parental surveillance (more demanding approach, high cliffs, sketchy rocks, swamps etc.). Trail is shown on the map.

Let's maintain good relations with the land owner, hikers and other people in the area: Don't litter and brush off tick marks. Fire making forbidden. If you need to make a fire, make it in the Laavu (lean-to-shelter) that can be found along Kaarinan polku.

For new lines / first ascends: Land owner has NOT given permission to brush any other rocks in the area for the time being. New lines are welcome, but unnecessary combinations / eliminates or confusing lines will not be added. Part of the area is also a natural reserve. If in doubt, contact Rami first.