BETA PHOTO: The shady sandstone walls of Gorgeous Rocks.
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.
Coordinates given are for the Glen Onoko area parking lot.
This route starts on the bulge just to the left of the Gorgeous Crack. Climb the bulge to a cool small slot (gear). Continue up, clip the bolt and crank through the crux. After the crux, traverse 5 feet right, crossing over the Gorgeous Crack and continue up the blank face above. Use delicate moves and long reaches to gain the horizontals above. Finishes on the same anchors as the Gorgeous Crack and Too Many Tacos....[more]Browse More Classics in PA