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Elevation: 138 ft
GPS: 40.04133, -75.21067
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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.

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

Governance

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Fairmount Park, supported by Friends of the Wissahickon.

146 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+
 11
The Rainbow
Boulder
V1- 5-
 8
Teedyuscung
Boulder
V1 5
 14
Ben Franklin
Boulder
V1-2 5
 10
Rich's Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 9
The Squeaky Hinge
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 11
Iron Cross
Boulder
V4- 6B
 8
Dirty Dishes
Boulder
V5 6C
 7
Slap Happy
Boulder
V6 7A
 9
The Gaston Classic
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
Zig Zag
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 20
The 5.7
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 10
Wissahickon High
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 12
The 5.8 (a.k.a. Pennsylvania Tur…
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 12
Directissima
TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b V1 5
 5
Lammy Pi (a.k.a. the 5.10)
TR, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Rainbow Danger Dam
 11
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Teedyuscung Council Rock
 8
V1- 5- Boulder
Ben Franklin Revolutionary Ridge B…
 14
V1 5 Boulder
Rich's Arete Danger Dam
 10
V1-2 5 Boulder
The Squeaky Hinge Funky Slab
 9
V2 5+ Boulder
Iron Cross Danger Dam
 11
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Dirty Dishes Revolutionary Ridge B…
 8
V4- 6B Boulder
Slap Happy Torque Boulder (aka t…
 7
V5 6C Boulder
The Gaston Classic Danger Dam
 9
V6 7A Boulder
Zig Zag Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
The 5.7 Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 20
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Wissahickon High Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 10
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
The 5.8 (a.k.a. Pennsylvani… Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 12
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Directissima Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 12
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Lammy Pi (a.k.a. the 5.10) Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b V1 5 TR, Boulder
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