Elevation: 816 ft
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Shared By: Greg Sudlow on Apr 28, 2010 with updates from Mervin Choun
Admins: Justin Johnsen, Kyle Stapp, SCPC

Description

Mount Gretna offers excellent bouldering inside Governor Dick’s Nature Preserve. Composed of groups of diabase boulders strewn throughout a dense forest, the area can be tricky to navigate without a guide or guidebook but once mastered it takes just minutes to reach the nearest boulders. A great place to train and run bouldering circuits. Fall and spring are the best times to visit. Summer greets you with humidity, deer ticks, flies and dense underbrush.

Check the Governor Dick Bouldering on Facebook for the latest.

Getting There

From the PA Turnpike take Exit 266 (Lebanon/Lancaster) and turn Right after toll booths onto PA 72 (Lebanon Road). Travel approximately 2 miles then turn Right onto Cider Press Road. Continue to Stop sign and turn Right onto Pinch Road. Follow Pinch Road into nature preserve and park at Clarence Schock education center on Right just after State Game Lands sign.

Access

The local Access Fund org is the Governor Dick Bouldering Committee - FB link.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Governor Dick Park (aka Mount Gretna)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 27
Serenity Crack
Boulder
V1+ 5
 34
Posion Ivy
Boulder
V2 5+
 16
Overlord
Boulder
V3 6A
 32
Porcelain
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 37
Help Meat
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 19
The Original Route
Boulder
V4 6B
 42
Smiley Face
Boulder
V4 6B
 35
Fabulous
Boulder
V4 6B
 35
Bodysnap
Boulder
V5 6C
 40
Colflesh Direct
Boulder
V5 6C
 28
Reunion
Boulder
V5 6C
 13
Bashista Yo Sista
Boulder
V6 7A
 22
Year of the Dragon
Boulder
V6 7A
 17
Bodysnap Sit
Boulder
V7-8 7B
 12
Islander
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Serenity Crack Prow Area
 27
V0 4 Boulder
Posion Ivy Colflesh Area > Colflesh Boulder
 34
V1+ 5 Boulder
Overlord Shamu Area > Overlord
 16
V2 5+ Boulder
Porcelain Upper Matrix
 32
V3 6A Boulder
Help Meat Shamu Area > Box Area
 37
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
The Original Route Highball
 19
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Smiley Face Smiley Area
 42
V4 6B Boulder
Fabulous 45 Degree Area > 45 Degree Boulder
 35
V4 6B Boulder
Bodysnap Colflesh Area > Bodysnap
 35
V4 6B Boulder
Colflesh Direct Colflesh Area > Colflesh Boulder
 40
V5 6C Boulder
Reunion Upper Matrix
 28
V5 6C Boulder
Bashista Yo Sista Bulge Area > Bashista Boulders Area
 13
V5 6C Boulder
Year of the Dragon Upper Matrix
 22
V6 7A Boulder
Bodysnap Sit Colflesh Area > Bodysnap
 17
V6 7A Boulder
Islander Prow Area
 12
V7-8 7B Boulder
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skinny legs and all
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
skinny legs and all   Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Due to the Governor Dick Preserve being surrounded by State Game Lands, huge herds of deer are frequently seen in the area, where they are protected from hunting. I contracted Lyme disease in 2001 after picking up a deer tick after a day of climbing here. I also know of at least two other people who suffered it that same year or the next, so check yourself after every visit. Jan 23, 2011
Sam Sweigart
Philadelphia, PA
Sam Sweigart   Philadelphia, PA
A new guidebook has been released last week. I know for sure you can get a copy at the Governor Dick Environmental Center for $30.00. I believe a few local gyms have copies for sale as well. Sep 16, 2016
Brandon Napieralski
Warren, PA
Brandon Napieralski   Warren, PA
If you are just bouldering for the day you might want to check out this site as it is pretty decent. pebblepusher.com/1-day-moun… Feb 1, 2019