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Boxcar Rocks (Chinese Wall)  

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Toprope face climb on the main wall circa 2000 5.9...


A mixed conglomerate area that has about 7 sport routes and many trad leads. Most routes can be toproped. Beware the rock can be loose and pebbles can break off when you least expect.

Getting There 

From the south, east or west: drive (probably via PA 78 or 81) to route 72 north near Swatara township. Follow it through Swatara Gap - crossing the Appalachian Trail - and through Swatara State Park as it becomes route 443 north.

2.1 miles past the 443 north junction, turn left onto Gold Mine Road. Follow it a total of 4.4 miles, over a short, steep mountain pass (Blue Mountain) and a second uphill grade. The pullout will be the largest on your right hand (east) side, with room for several cars to park before the dirt pullout road is blocked by a closed gate.

Park here and walk east past the gates until you reach a burn site - if you're attentive you might see a small wood sign saying "Boxcar Rd" on the left. Continue waling and take the first real trail on the right (southward). This takes you to the back side of the rocks near the "turtles head" (Moby Neil end) on the Main Wall.

The coordinates here are for the Main Wall parking lot.

Directions if driving from the north (I think - please verify, I haven't confirmed this). Heading south on Gold Mine Road, go over the first mountain. Continue down until you pass the rail bed. The pullout is third pullout on the left side.

15 Total Routes

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Pebbles 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  PA : Boxcar Rocks (Chinese Wall) : Main Wall
Classic (for the area) splitter that goes from fingers, to thin hands, to hands then is fist and/or offwidth(y) above the horizontal.You can climb the fingers to hands crack to the horizontal then instead of continuing onto the fist/offwidth above, crawl (an average size human can fit) through the passage/tunnel and build an anchor. Just an option....[more]   Browse More Classics in PA

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Main wall
BETA PHOTO: Main wall
Walking around the Turtle Head next to Moby Neil on the hike in.
BETA PHOTO: Walking around the Turtle Head next to Moby Neil o...
Working a fun, easy traverse from right to left. You can choose to take a high, middle or low line along the different cracks. This is the middle/low line.
Working a fun, easy traverse from right to left. Y...
A short Boulder Problem at Boxcar Rocks.
A short Boulder Problem at Boxcar Rocks.
Short easy wall suitable for bouldering.
BETA PHOTO: Short easy wall suitable for bouldering.
Boulder problem at Boxcar Rocks. This is also a fun traverse going either right to left or left to right across this formation.
Boulder problem at Boxcar Rocks. This is also a fu...
Main Wall parking lot. Goldmine Road is 40 feet past the vehicle straight ahead.
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall parking lot. Goldmine Road is 40 feet pa...

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By Paul Brandstetter
From: Harrisburg PA
Jan 11, 2011
This is navigation from a TomTom you may have to switch the numbers around or use a dash depending on your GPS.
By The Stoned Master
From: Pennsylvania
Sep 17, 2013
Be cautious when setting cams here. To maximize the potential that the cam will do as you want/expect (not walk, move, pop out, hold the fall, etc.) DO NOT place the lobes on the pebbles. When the lobes are placed on the smooth pebbles the cams can sometimes (definitly not always) dislodge the pebbles now making the cam too small or straight up pull the cam out with the pebble. Try and aim for the lobes to sit against the solid stone itself, if possible.

Enjoy this fun place and be mindful that LAW ENFORCEMENT officers do patrol here.

Boxcar Rock's typical "pebbley" stone and cams.
Boxcar Rock's typical "pebbley" stone and cams.

Boxcar Rock's typical "pebbley" stone and cams.
Boxcar Rock's typical "pebbley" stone and cams.