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Areas in Ohiopyle State Park

Bruner Run 2 / 5 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Falls City Boulders a.k.a. "The Pyle" 0 / 0 / 0 / 65 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 65
Fern Point Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Lower Meadow Run 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 4
Maple Wall 1 / 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
River's End 1 / 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
School House Crag 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10

Description [Edit]

Located in the Laurel Highlands region of Southwestern PA this State Park primarily a whitewater town, is now also known as a climbing destination. Centered around the Youghiogheny River, this park is well known for white water rafting and kayaking. Several crags reside along the Yough River Trail. Some reaching upwards of 100' in length these crags are a fun place to visit as the approach is made easy by bicycling down the converted railway bed approximately 4 miles directly to the crags situated just off the trail. Steep sport climbing is the norm and for the most part the climbing is widely unknown. 2008/2009 development should perk up the traffic at these cliffs. The added bonus is that when the pump get you and you want to chill, head down over the hillside and jump in the river to cool off. Also a great spot to hit in the winter as the crags get a great deal of sun.

Getting There [Edit]

From the West: From the PA Turnpike, take Exit 91, Donegal. Turn left onto PA 31 east. Travel about two miles, turn right onto PA 711 and PA 381 south. Travel ten miles to Normalville, turn left onto PA 381 south for 11 miles to Ohiopyle. From the East: From the PA Turnpike, take Exit 110, Somerset. Take PA 281 south 25 miles to Confluence. Continue three miles up hill and at the church, turn right onto Sugarloaf Road, SR 2012. Continue nine miles to Ohiopyle. From the South (DC, MD, VA): Take I-270 north to Frederick, then I-70 west to Hancock, then Rt. 40 and I-68 through Cumberland. Take Exit 14 (Keysers Ridge) to Rt. 40 west to Farmington, PA. Turn right onto PA 381 north for eight miles to Ohiopyle. From the South (WV): Take I-79 North to I-68 east. Take Bruceton Mills Exit to Rt. 26 north. At the PA border it becomes PA 281 north. Turn left onto PA 40 west, to Farmington, turn right onto PA 381 north to Ohiopyle. For GPS Units: Use this address for Ohiopyle State Park: 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle PA 15470. This should direct you to the center of the park. Follow signage once you are in the park to find your desired destination.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ohiopyle State Park

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 22
Flying Dutchman
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
Bil-Jac-Son
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Firefly
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 13
Solstice
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
The Bees Knees
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 11
Arachnophobia
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 7
Easier Said Than Done
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 13
Humpty Dumpty
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
O'Briens line
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Petrified
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 7
Shifticus
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 6
Redline
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 11
Natural Mystic
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
Loggia
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 3
Sludge Factory
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Flying Dutchman School House Crag
 22
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Bil-Jac-Son Maple Wall
 9
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Firefly School House Crag
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Solstice Maple Wall
 13
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Bees Knees River's End
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Arachnophobia School House Crag
 11
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Easier Said Than Done Bruner Run
 7
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Humpty Dumpty School House Crag
 13
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
O'Briens line Bruner Run
 4
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Petrified River's End
 6
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Shifticus Maple Wall
 7
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Redline Bruner Run
 6
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Natural Mystic School House Crag
 11
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Loggia Maple Wall
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Sludge Factory River's End
 3
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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MattZ1  
Can anyone confirm:
I was looking for climbing routes by Ohiopyle, and was told I had to pay a guide to climb there. I checked the Ohiopyle website through PA DCNR, and it says nothing about this.

Has anyone had issues simply going out there and climbing?

Thanks,

Matt Jul 21, 2012
Pete Baertsch
Connellsville, PA
Pete Baertsch   Connellsville, PA
You do not need a guide, just proficiency in sport climbing. Aug 16, 2012
Luke Bollinger   Tempe
Great page!! Apr 17, 2013
Chas Kristopher
Pittsburgh,pa
Chas Kristopher   Pittsburgh,pa
Fantastic. Love this place. Jul 22, 2015
Tim Anderson's blog for Ohiopyle. Contains a TOPO of the routes May 16, 2016
Pete Baertsch
Connellsville, PA
Pete Baertsch   Connellsville, PA
Check out this interactive map showing the location of several popular and open access climbing areas in SWPA! Has parking and approach info for the boulders and sport crags at Ohiopyle. SWPA Sandstone May 18, 2016

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