Description

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at McConnells Mill State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0+ 4+ PG13
 4
Cakewalk
Boulder
V0+ 4+ PG13
 7
Ross' Boulder
Boulder
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 14
Beginners' Face
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 12
You Name It
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 12
The Arete
TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
R.O.T.C. Route
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 9
Five Finger Arete
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 12
Sunshine
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 12
Laid Back
TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Mr. Clean
TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
Beginners Be Ware
TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 8
Mission Impossible
TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Variation: Tinker Bell
TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Temptation
TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 3
Mini Ovest aka Peter Pan
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cakewalk Rim Rd Climbing… > Birthday Boulder
 4
V0+ 4+ PG13 Boulder
Ross' Boulder Rim Rd Climbing… > Ross Boulder
 7
V0+ 4+ PG13 Boulder
Beginners' Face Rim Rd Climbing… > Beginners' Face
 14
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
You Name It Rim Rd Climbing… > Ship's Prow
 12
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
The Arete Rim Rd Climbing… > Island Block
 12
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
R.O.T.C. Route Rim Rd Climbing… > Rappel Rock
 4
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Five Finger Arete Rim Rd Climbing… > Five Finger Block
 9
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Sunshine Rim Rd Climbing… > Sunshine Wall
 12
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a TR
Laid Back Rim Rd Climbing… > Rappel Rock
 12
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Mr. Clean Rim Rd Climbing… > Sunshine Wall
 4
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR
Beginners Be Ware Rim Rd Climbing… > Beginners' Face
 5
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR
Mission Impossible Rim Rd Climbing… > Island Block
 8
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b TR
Variation: Tinker Bell Rim Rd Climbing… > Ship's Prow
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b TR
Temptation Rim Rd Climbing… > Island Block
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
Mini Ovest aka Peter Pan Rim Rd Climbing… > Ship's Prow
 3
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a TR
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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. Jun 13, 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. Sep 19, 2012
madskates
slc
madskates   slc
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! May 24, 2014
TeeJay Heaslip
Atlanta, Georgia
TeeJay Heaslip   Atlanta, Georgia
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. Jul 26, 2014
I put together a video of some of the more popular boulders here at the Mills, there really wasn't any good footage on Youtube! Featured stuff from Ross Boulder, Birthday Boulder, and Sunshine. If anyone knows the names/grades of the routes by the bridge, please tell me!

youtube.com/watch?v=Ws9sCIL… Nov 20, 2015