Pole Steeple Rock Climbing
Fun but not terribly often ventured to moderate trad and top rope spot. Its got world class views and a nice, just long enough to warm up approach. Very old and solide stone. Mostly less than vertical but some vertical and some slightly overhanging routes exist.
Great place to take the family or climb and connect with the Appalachian Trail.
15-20 +/- established climbs. Most, if not all, are 5.8 difficulty and under.
In Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Take 81 to the 233 South, follow until you are at the "T" intersection at the state park (you'll have a stop sign). Turn left onto Pine Grove Rd. And follow for a few mins and you'll clearly see Laurel Lake on your right. Pass the lake and pass its dam. The turn to the trail head is just past the dam and its not always easily seen or marked so go slow. The road you want to turn right onto after the dam is Railroad Bed Rd. Follow this road for 1-2mins and a parking lot will clearly be on your right and the trail head (should be marked, popular hiking trail) will be on your left. Follow the trail directly to the cliff. 10-15min approach all uphill.
Climbing Season For the South Central PA area.
Weather station 4.9 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Pole Steeple
Crack II 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PA
: South Central PA
: Pole Steeple
The crux pulling through the overhanging crack. There is a large flake in the center of the climb that vibrates when you hit it. It looks like it takes plenty of gear but I wouldn't put anything in it. Fun & protects reasonably well. Make sure you have some long slings for an anchor at the top....[more] Browse More Classics in PA
By The Stoned Master
May 28, 2013
Great place and totally worthy especially if you're newer to trad or are just looking for a little adventure (approach, pack in water/food, etc). Great place to practice self-rescue, anchors, ascending/descending ropes, etc.
Again not many hard lines so if you're out looking to push your limits this may not be for you (unless your limit is 5.8 or below then enjoy!). If you're looking for a cruiser day this place is great and the views are world class for sure.
For some specific routes check out www.rockclimbing.com's "Pole Steeple" site. I added this to Mountain Project so that seekers are aware this place exists.
Every climbable rock on public land in PA should be announced. We aren't the West and therefore us PA locals need to maximize our climbing experiences by allowing easy access to the beta. You won't go to this place if you don't know it exists.
From: Lancaster PA
May 18, 2014
I found the place to be exactly as The Stoned Master described.
Rock Climbing & Bouldering PA published by Blue Biner has some good topos on the routes.