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McConnells Mill State Park

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McConnells Mill State Park  

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One of the easy TR's. Walk from the car to bolt a...


A small state park in western PA that is more famous for its old buildings and covered bridges than the rock climbing. The climbing is mostly top-roped or bouldered. Some cliffs have bolt anchors other times trees are slung for anchors. The rock is typical sandstone found in the region, similar to T-Wall, but shorter and without as many cracks. Apparently people like to go "sport rappelling" there too.

Rock climbing or rappelling is prohibited on rocks along any road inside the park.

Getting There 

From Pittsburgh take I-279 north and merge onto I-79 north. Take the PA-488 exit (exit 96) toward Portersville/Prospect. Turn left over the freeway and follow signs to the park. You can get a handy trail map that has the climbing areas marked at the park Maintenance Office.

24 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for McConnells Mill State Park:
You Name It   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     TR, 35'   Rim Road Climbing Area
R.O.T.C. Route   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR   Rim Road Climbing Area
The Arete   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 40'   Rim Road Climbing Area
Sunshine   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR   Rim Road Climbing Area
Laid Back   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 40'   Rim Road Climbing Area
Temptation   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 40'   Rim Road Climbing Area
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Featured Route For McConnells Mill State Park
The Arete

The Arete 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  PA : McConnells Mill State Park : Rim Road Climbing Area
Climb the overhanging arete through the bulges and then balance your way up the slab to the top. Although it's considered a classic, it tends to be less popular with beginners since setting the top rope requires a small, easy free solo to reach the top of the block....[more]   Browse More Classics in PA

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By Justin Mech
Jun 13, 2012
Keep in mind of other climbers. You do not have to set up 5 ropes and leave them hanging so others can not climb. Please respect the boulders by not writing on them, no one cares that you were there or who you like. Please pick up your trash, there is a garbage can by the picnic tables for a reason.
By BoulderJunke
Sep 19, 2012
And clean up your gear...I found a (slightly dangerous) anchor set up abandoned the other day. That being said if it was your set up, email me with a description of it and I`ll get it back to you.
By madskates
From: SLC
May 24, 2014
There quite a bit more climbing here than mentioned on mp. Everything from a few highball boulder problems to a couple routes that take gear if your trying to lead something. I would highly recommend buying the guide because there over double the amount of stuff than is listed on here. Plus its only like 12 bucks!
By TeeJay Heaslip
From: Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 26, 2014
Anyone know where to find the guidebook for McConnells Mill at a reasonable price? The only thing I found was a copy of Bob Value's version on Amazon listing for around $100.