Elevation: 138 ft
GPS: 40.041, -75.211 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

Wissahickon Valley Park (the Wis) contains most of the outdoor climbing on natural rock within the city limits of Philadelphia. Most of the climbing here is bouldering on Wissahickon Schist along the valley of Wissahickon Creek. There are also a handful of toprope, sport and/or buildering routes. The setting is mostly forested, giving it a scenic, isolated feel despite being so close to a major urban area. This makes it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts; you'll usually see hikers, runners, bikers, swimmers and tourists in decent weather.

The best bouldering is on the Manayunk end of the park along the bike path on Lincoln Drive. There are about 50 problems from V0-V11 (some pure lines, some are eliminates). If you enter from Ridge Ave, there are 5 distinct "areas"/boulders within a half mile (Urination Amphitheater (just off ridge), Main Area (top of the hill), Slab (just past 100 steps), Long Wall, & Torque (directly across from the (old) police station on Lincoln Drive).

The main spot for roped climbing is off Livezey Lane near Chestnut Hill.

Friends of the Wissahickon are a non-profit group that care for the park, beyond what the city does itself. You can volunteer for a trail maintenance day, learn about the park, or help out in other ways through their website.

A new digital guidebook is available in the Gunks+ app, which includes high-res photos, GPS navigation and maps.

Getting There

There are countless parking areas around Wissahickon Valley Park, and climbing areas can be accessed by a network of trails.

Governance

Fairmount Park, supported by Friends of the Wissahickon.

139 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Wissahickon Valley Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 5
Up schist creek
Boulder
V1- 5-
 5
Teedyuscung
Boulder
V1 5
 12
Ben Franklin
Boulder
V1 5
 4
Hips and nips
Boulder
V1-2 5
 8
Rich's Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 4
The Squeaky Hinge
Boulder
V2 5+
 3
Limerence
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 6
Dirty Dishes
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 6
Iron Cross
Boulder
V4 6B
 5
Slap Happy
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 4
The Nose Right
Boulder
V6 7A
 3
The Gaston Classic
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
The 5.7
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 10
Unnnamed
TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b V1 5
 4
Lammy Pi (a.k.a. the 5.10)
TR, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Up schist creek Gorgas Creek Cave
 5
V0 4 Boulder
Teedyuscung Council Rock
 5
V1- 5- Boulder
Ben Franklin Revolutionary Ridge B…
 12
V1 5 Boulder
Hips and nips Gorgas Creek Cave
 4
V1 5 Boulder
Rich's Arete Danger Dam
 8
V1-2 5 Boulder
The Squeaky Hinge Funky Slab
 4
V2 5+ Boulder
Limerence Rittenhouse Boulders
 3
V2 5+ Boulder
Dirty Dishes Revolutionary Ridge B…
 6
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Iron Cross Danger Dam
 6
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Slap Happy Torque Boulder (aka t…
 5
V4 6B Boulder
The Nose Right Nose
 4
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
The Gaston Classic Danger Dam
 3
V6 7A Boulder
The 5.7 Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 18
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Unnnamed Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 10
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Lammy Pi (a.k.a. the 5.10) Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b V1 5 TR, Boulder
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