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0.5 Northernmost trail section 
1.5 Chimney of Horror Section 
2.0 International Area 
2.5 Alpine Wall (aka tall wall) 
3.0 Euro Wall 
3.3 Star Wall 
3.4 S. L. Area 
3.6 Zero Wing 
3.75 Cat Fish Cliff Area 
4.0 Austin Powers Buttress 
4.4 Choss Wall 
4.4 Upper Choss Wall 
4.49 Cemetery Wall - Fine Line Area 
4.50 Cemetery Wall 
4.51 Cemetery Short Wall 

Safe Harbor North Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.96741, -76.45454 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Justin Johnsen, The Stoned Master, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Climberdude on Apr 1, 2014
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This area can be thought of as analogous to the Gunks in that the Nears have a quite different "feel" than the Trapps. Likewise, Safe Harbor North has a different feel than South.

Same weather and facing as Safe Harbor south.
The routes tend to be more spread out.
Also the routes are steeper.
On sunny days there are many hikers and bikers on the trail.

Getting There 

Park at the north lot and hike or bike 3 to 4+ miles on level smooth trail. Takes about 15 minutes on bikes.

Adam Marcus' note quoting an email from Eric Horst: "SH North crags are open, but the main climbing area (Cemetery Wall) has no direct access yet. So the instructions to visit SH North… is to park at the north-end trailhead of the Manor Twp rail trail, located on River Rd just north of Turkey Hill dairy. An almost 5 mile hike or bike ride is required to get to Cemetery Wall, although you will pass occasional scattered route development along the way. Direct access to Cemetery Wall (from Observation Road above the crag) currently crosses private property. Thus, we can’t encourage climbers to enter this way…although some surely do. I’ve met with Manor Twp numerous times and they are working on an easement across the private land that will allow climbers to use this more direct approach—this may come to fruition later this year."

The numbers on the area pages here are for the mile posts along the trail.

Climbing Season

For the Safe Harbor area.

Weather station 5.9 miles from here

119 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',74],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Safe Harbor North

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Safe Harbor North:
Dopamine   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   3.4 S. L. Area
Beat Crazy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   4.51 Cemetery Short Wall
It's a Fine Line   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   4.49 Cemetery Wall - Fine L...
Nanny Goat   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   3.0 Euro Wall
S. L.   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   3.4 S. L. Area
Die Fledermaus   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   1.5 Chimney of Horror Secti...
Damnation 1992   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   4.51 Cemetery Short Wall
Nose, The   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 140'   4.50 Cemetery Wall
7 Slates of Gray   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   1.5 Chimney of Horror Secti...
Sugar Frosted Razorflakes   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   3.0 Euro Wall
2. Knife Edge Arete   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   3.3 Star Wall
Leap of Faith   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   4.50 Cemetery Wall
4. Steep Slab?   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport   3.3 Star Wall
Nini won't stay down   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   4.50 Cemetery Wall
Arm-a-geddon, AKA WtB   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   3.0 Euro Wall
Monk Gets Ripped   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   4.50 Cemetery Wall
Ruby Red Slippers   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   4.50 Cemetery Wall
Barely Legal   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   3.0 Euro Wall
3. Steep Face   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   3.3 Star Wall
Handle with Care   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   3.0 Euro Wall
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Featured Route For Safe Harbor North
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff On Knife Edge Arete

2. Knife Edge Arete 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  PA : South Central PA : ... : 3.3 Star Wall
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By Justin Johnsen
Apr 2, 2014
Is Safe Harbor North officially reopened now too? How cool!

If not let me know and I'll add an access note only for the north walls.

I can also help out with the admin tools as you flesh out the pages there.

I haven't been to Safe Harbor since I moved to California a couple of years ago. Out here we have a parallel crag to Safe Harbor, called Auburn Quarry.

After many years of closure, our local sport quarry is also opening to full time open access, a serious breakthrough. Here's to more quality neighborhood climbing spots!
By Adam Marcus
From: Arlington, VA
Mar 28, 2015
From a November 13, 2014 post on "Safe Harbor North crags are now fully open to climbing, and we have recently received approval from the Manor Township Supervisor to approach Cemetery Wall from above via Observation Site Road. There’s a small parking lot at the gate, beyond which you’ll find a descent trail (on right) that will eventually lead you sharply downhill to the low grade. Turn right, and hike the low grade just a couple minutes to reach the highest climbs at Safe Harbor (on Cemetery Wall)."
By Climberdude
Feb 29, 2016
Specifically routes between and including "Mind Walk to Beat Crazy"
There is a peregrine falcon nest above Chutes and Ladders at Cemetery Wall Areas.
PA Game Commission would like climbers to not climb at these locations until after the fledglings leave the nest, which is approximately 6 weeks + 30 day incubation period.

So climb at south
or areas farther north until about mid May.

I will post when it is open again.
By Rocky Raccoon
Apr 5, 2016
Is there any information about the glue ins that seem to be prevalent at Safe Harbor North? Just trying to get a sense of how much these can be trusted. It's a little more difficult to evaluate glue ins than some other kinds protection. Before anyone says it, yes, I know, the choice to use them is mine alone. Just trying to assess the situation.

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