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Areas in McConnells Mill State Park

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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
Ross' Boulder
Boulder
V3 6A
Middle Edge
Boulder
V5-6 6C+ PG13
Happy Happy Joy Joy
Boulder
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Beginners' Face
TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
You Name It
TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
The Arete
TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
R.O.T.C. Route
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Five Finger Arete
TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Sunshine
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Laid Back
TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Beginners Be Ware
TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mr. Clean
TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Mission Impossible
TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Temptation
TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Mini Ovest aka Peter Pan
TR
Ross' Boulder Rim Rd Climbing Area > Ross Boulder V0+ 4+ PG13 Boulder
Middle Edge Rim Rd Climbing Area > Birthday Boulder V3 6A Boulder
Happy Happy Joy Joy Rim Rd Climbing Area > Birthday Boulder V5-6 6C+ PG13 Boulder
Beginners' Face Rim Rd Climbing Area > Beginners' Face 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c TR
You Name It Rim Rd Climbing Area > Ship's Prow 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a TR
The Arete Rim Rd Climbing Area > Island Block 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
R.O.T.C. Route Rim Rd Climbing Area > Rappel Rock 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Five Finger Arete Rim Rd Climbing Area > Five Finger Block 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Sunshine Rim Rd Climbing Area > Sunshine Wall 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a TR
Laid Back Rim Rd Climbing Area > Rappel Rock 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Beginners Be Ware Rim Rd Climbing Area > Beginners' Face 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR
Mr. Clean Rim Rd Climbing Area > Sunshine Wall 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR
Mission Impossible Rim Rd Climbing Area > Island Block 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b TR
Temptation Rim Rd Climbing Area > Island Block 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
Mini Ovest aka Peter Pan Rim Rd Climbing Area > Ship's Prow 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a TR
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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
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
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
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
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

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