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Lehigh Gorge State Park  


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BETA PHOTO: The shady sandstone walls of Gorgeous Rocks.

Description 

Lehigh Gorge State Park is a popular destination for many outdoor activities, with climbing being one of the less well-known. There are climbing routes of all styles here, on conglomerate rock.

Roped climbing areas in Lehigh Gorge include Eagle Cliff, with 30+ trad routes (and its evil twin across the gorge), Glen Onoko waterfalls with their winter ice, Gorgeous Rocks with a couple dozen routes of various styles, and Heschell Cliff with a couple of topropes. Bouldering areas include the Glen Onoko Falls Trail, Gorgeous Rocks, Gunk's Boulder, Lehigh Gorge Trail and Turn Hole Tunnel.

Most of these require trail hiking and/or bushwhacking to reach.

The land is managed by Lehigh Gorge State Park. The nearest town is Jim Thorpe, a scenic and popular tourist destination. This is a mixed blessing, since you have a few choices for meals, but you may pay extra for them, and for parking.

Getting There 

Coordinates given are for the Glen Onoko area parking lot.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.2 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',3],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lehigh Gorge State Park:
The Bat Cave   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Gorgeous Rocks
Monkey's Fist   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Gorgeous Rocks
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Featured Route For Lehigh Gorge State Park
Anna swings off the Gorgeous Crack.

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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Ice climbing on the left side of Glen Onoko's uppe...
BETA PHOTO: Ice climbing on the left side of Glen Onoko's uppe...

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