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Shared By: Justin Johnsen on Aug 16, 2010
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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.

Fiends 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.

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.

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sevans  
Unfortunately the city removed all of the anchors and holds from the Henry Avenue Bridge last year when they did some extensive work on the bridge (thank you stimulus). Apr 4, 2011
Redyns  
The above refers to the Kelly drive boulder. It's fun if you like V0 traverses in direct sun with a lot of background noise and traffic.

The best bouldering is 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).

Classics include:
Rich's Arete - V4
Easy Arete - V1
Sloper Traverse - V0
Urban Sprawl - V8
Jugs - V1
Simpson's 7 - V6/7
Rocco's Variation - V4
Center Arete (right start) - V7
Full Traverse - V6+
Unemployment Line - V9
The Slab - V0
Torque - V7
Unnamed Arete (just past the torque boulder, on the hillside) - V4

There are more boulders (10 problems?) making a crown on the hillside towards the end of the bike path (2 miles down) as you approach the Forbidden Drive Parking area, however these are on the other side of the creek. These are visible from the parking lot. Apr 13, 2011
That's too bad, I'd heard many a story about climbing the bridge and always wanted to try it.

Justin, I remember doing a 5.5ish climb at Livezey rock, but I can't remember what route it follows. I'm sure there is something on there easier than 5.7, anyway. May 4, 2011
Climbers
Please use your common sense. Imagine the precarious access situation we face with this valuable local resource. There are some areas where word of mouth makes more sense. All it takes is one incident for this area to be closed again. Aug 28, 2012
Anyone have any info on the Boulder below/in front of the Indian Statue? I can't find anything about it. My friend Pat told me it is called Council Boulder and there are a few problems on it that are "fun". Jan 1, 2017
Brandon Napieralski
Warren, PA
Brandon Napieralski   Warren, PA
If you are looking to check out some of the bouldering in Wissahickon checkout pebblepusher.com/wissahicko… you'll find better pictures and directions Feb 1, 2019