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Gorgeous Rocks

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Bat Cave, The T,S,TR 
Blap S 
Gorgeous Arete, The T 
Gorgeous Crack, The T,TR 
Gorgeous Face, The T 
Guano (Bat cave alternate start) S,TR 
Mixed Bidness T,S,TR 
Monkey's Fist T,TR 
Party at Tims S 
Separate Reality S 
Too Many Tacos, Not Enough Toilet Paper T,TR 
Variety Crack T,TR 
Welcome Crack T,TR 

Gorgeous Rocks  

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Elevation: 800'
Location: 40.8848, -75.7634 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: joeforte on Sep 1, 2011
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The shady sandstone walls of Gorgeous Rocks.

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A little hidden crag on the wild side of Glen Onoko. A couple dozen trad, sport and mixed routes, which can also be toproped from bolts and trees, on good rock: Pocono Formation sandstone. It faces northeast and has thick tree cover, so it stays shady.

Climbed and developed in the 1990's by Randy Ross, the Miscavages, the Holzmans, Ryan Lucas and Joe Forte, and in the 2000's by Erica Meyers, Jeff Carroll, and Dave Kotch.

Getting There 

Getting there is not as hard as it used to be. The access trail has recently been cleaned up quite a bit. Figure a 10-15 min uphill approach.

Park at the Glen Onoko lot, and follow the trail signs down the stairs, then north under the railroad bridge. Follow the trails left along the shore of the river until you reach the stream that flows from the glen.

To get to the base of the cliff (easier): When you cross a stream feeding into the Lehigh River out of Glen Onoko, walk 50 feet and then follow the obvious trail uphill. Stay close to the edge of the glen ravine trending uphill and right whenever the trail forks. You will be traversing a small clifftop for a section of this hike so be careful of the fall potential. The trail will then tunnel through thick stands of Rhodedendron (recently maintained), and eventually bring you to the base of the welcome crack.

To get to the top of the cliff (more strenuous and overgrown): When you cross a stream feeding into the Lehigh River out of Glen Onoko, walk 50 feet and then follow the obvious trail uphill to the right. Keep heading generally north and uphill, around a thick stand over rhododendrons and scrambling over boulders. Eventually reach the cliff top at Gorgeous Rocks, and rappel down to reach the base of the climbs. (much more strenuous and not recommended)

Climbing Season

For the Northeast Ridges and Valleys area.

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gorgeous Rocks:
The Bat Cave   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Monkey's Fist   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
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The Gorgeous Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : ... : Gorgeous Rocks
This hand crack goes up up a steep overhang early on, and is harder than it looks. After surmounting the overhang, the original route finished left on Too Many Tacos. For a harder finish, continue straight up the face above to finish of the Gorgeous Face (5.10b), or move right to the bolt and finish on the Gorgeous Arete (5.10a)....[more]   Browse More Classics in PA

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