Elevation: 800 ft
GPS: 40.885, -75.763 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: joeforte on Sep 1, 2011
Admins: Justin Johnsen, William Sonoma, SCPC

Description

A little hidden crag on the wild side of Glen Onoko. A couple dozen trad, sport and mixed routes, which can also be toproped from bolts and trees, on good rock: Pocono Formation sandstone. It faces northeast and has thick tree cover, so it stays shady.

Climbed and developed in the 1990's by Randy Ross, the Miscavages, the Holzmans, Ryan Lucas and Joe Forte, and in the 2000's by Erica Meyers, Jeff Carroll, and Dave Kotch.

Getting There

Getting there is not as hard as it used to be. The access trail has recently been cleaned up quite a bit. Figure a 10-15 min uphill approach.

Park at the Glen Onoko lot, and follow the trail signs down the stairs, then north under the railroad bridge. Follow the trails left along the shore of the river until you reach the stream that flows from the glen.

To get to the base of the cliff (easier): When you cross a stream feeding into the Lehigh River out of Glen Onoko, walk 50 feet and then follow the obvious trail uphill. Stay close to the edge of the glen ravine trending uphill and right whenever the trail forks. You will be traversing a small clifftop for a section of this hike so be careful of the fall potential. The trail will then tunnel through thick stands of Rhodedendron (recently maintained), and eventually bring you to the base of the welcome crack.

To get to the top of the cliff (more strenuous and overgrown): When you cross a stream feeding into the Lehigh River out of Glen Onoko, walk 50 feet and then follow the obvious trail uphill to the right. Keep heading generally north and uphill, around a thick stand over rhododendrons and scrambling over boulders. Eventually reach the cliff top at Gorgeous Rocks, and rappel down to reach the base of the climbs. (much more strenuous and not recommended)

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Classic Climbing Routes at Gorgeous Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 9
The Bat Cave
Trad, Sport, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Welcome Crack
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 9
Variety Crack
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Rabid Easter Bunny
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 7
Too Many Tacos, Not Enough Toile…
Trad, TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 10
Mixed Bidness
Trad, Sport, TR
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 3
Guano (Bat cave alternate start)
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Monkey's Fist
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Blap
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
The Gorgeous Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Separate Reality
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
The Gorgeous Face
Trad
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 4
Party at Tims
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Bat Cave
 9
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Sport, TR
Welcome Crack
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Variety Crack
 9
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Rabid Easter Bunny
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b TR
Too Many Tacos, Not Enough…
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Mixed Bidness
 10
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, Sport, TR
Guano (Bat cave alternate s…
 3
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Monkey's Fist
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Blap
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Gorgeous Crack
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Separate Reality
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Gorgeous Face
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Party at Tims
 4
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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