Elevation: 816 ft
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Shared By: Greg Sudlow on Apr 28, 2010 with updates from Mervin Choun
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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.

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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
 25
Serenity Crack
Boulder
V1+ 5
 34
Posion Ivy
Boulder
V2 5+
 15
Overlord
Boulder
V3 6A
 26
Porcelain
Boulder
V3 6A
 3
Spring Chicken
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 35
Help Meat
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 18
The Original Route
Boulder
V4 6B
 41
Smiley Face
Boulder
V4 6B
 34
Fabulous
Boulder
V4 6B
 12
Astroboy
Boulder
V4 6B
 34
Bodysnap
Boulder
V5 6C
 37
Colflesh Direct
Boulder
V6 7A
 20
Year of the Dragon
Boulder
V6 7A
 16
Bodysnap Sit
Boulder
V7-8 7B
 11
Islander
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Serenity Crack Prow Area
 25
V0 4 Boulder
Posion Ivy Colflesh Area > Colflesh Area - misc…
 34
V1+ 5 Boulder
Overlord Shamu Area
 15
V2 5+ Boulder
Porcelain Upper Matrix
 26
V3 6A Boulder
Spring Chicken Matrix Area
 3
V3 6A Boulder
Help Meat Shamu Area
 35
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
The Original Route Highball
 18
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Smiley Face Smiley Area
 41
V4 6B Boulder
Fabulous 45 Area > 45
 34
V4 6B Boulder
Astroboy Prow Area
 12
V4 6B Boulder
Bodysnap Colflesh Area > Colflesh Area - misc…
 34
V4 6B Boulder
Colflesh Direct Colflesh Area > Colflesh Area - misc…
 37
V5 6C Boulder
Year of the Dragon Upper Matrix
 20
V6 7A Boulder
Bodysnap Sit Colflesh Area > Colflesh Area - misc…
 16
V6 7A Boulder
Islander Prow Area
 11
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