Elevation: 1,264 ft
GPS: 40.545, -76.536 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Dan Smith on Aug 14, 2008
Admins: SCPC, SWPACC, EPAC, Justin Johnsen

Description

A mixed conglomerate area that has about 7 sport routes and many trad leads. Most routes can be toproped. Beware the rock can be loose and pebbles can break off when you least expect.

Getting There

From the south, east or west: drive (probably via PA 78 or 81) to route 72 north near Swatara township. Follow it through Swatara Gap - crossing the Appalachian Trail - and through Swatara State Park as it becomes route 443 north.

2.1 miles past the 443 north junction, turn left onto Gold Mine Road. Follow it a total of 4.4 miles, over a short, steep mountain pass (Blue Mountain) and a second uphill grade. The pullout will be the largest on your right hand (east) side, with room for several cars to park before the dirt pullout road is blocked by a closed gate.

Park here and walk east past the gates until you reach a burn site - if you're attentive you might see a small wood sign saying "Boxcar Rd" on the left. Continue waling and take the first real trail on the right (southward). This takes you to the back side of the rocks near the "turtles head" (Moby Neil end) on the Main Wall.

The coordinates here are for the Main Wall parking lot.

Directions if driving from the north (I think - please verify, I haven't confirmed this). Heading south on Gold Mine Road, go over the first mountain. Continue down until you pass the rail bed. The pullout is third pullout on the left side.

Bat Conservation | How You Can Help

See a Bat on a Route, Give Us a Shout! 

Hey climbers, one of our SCPC members is working with Rob Schorr at Colorado State to help him spread the word about his bat research. Here’s a message from him about this important work and how, we as climbers, can help.

"Climbers for Bat Conservation is working with climbers to understand bat ecology and why bats choose certain cracks and flakes. We’re a collaboration between climbers, bat biologists, and land managers to understand where bats roost and where large populations may reside. We are interested in finding bats because of a new disease called white-nose syndrome (whitenosesyndrome.org) which has killed millions of bats in North America. This collaboration has identified bat roosts throughout the U.S., and as far away as Norway and Bulgaria. CBC was developed by biologists who climb and they are advocates for climbing access and bat conservation.

So, if you see bats while climbing, please let us know by emailing us at climbersforbats@colostate.edu, or visiting our website to learn more. climbersforbats.colostate.edu."

Thank You!
Rob Schorr

Zoologist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program (warnercnr.colostate.edu/rschorr/)
Director, Climbers for Bat Conservation
Robert.schorr@colostate.edu

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Classic Climbing Routes at Boxcar Rocks (Chinese Wall)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0-1 4+
 3
Spade
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 3
The Undertow
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 6
Russell's Ruin
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 11
Margies Curves - Left
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 5
Moby Neil
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Keneissiology
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 11
Curt's Crack
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
Birthday Girl
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
The Apprentice
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Headstone
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
Please Don't Pop
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 4
Manhattan Limited
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Autumns Child
Trad, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 6
Snap Crackle Plop
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
Silver Streak
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Spade Bouldering
 3
V0-1 4+ Boulder
The Undertow Bouldering
 3
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Russell's Ruin Main Wall
 6
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Margies Curves - Left Main Wall
 11
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Moby Neil Main Wall
 5
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Keneissiology Main Wall
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Curt's Crack Main Wall
 11
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Birthday Girl Main Wall
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Apprentice Main Wall
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Headstone Main Wall
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Please Don't Pop Main Wall
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Manhattan Limited Main Wall
 4
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a TR
Autumns Child Main Wall
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Snap Crackle Plop Main Wall
 6
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Silver Streak Main Wall
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a TR
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