Flood Rocks Climbing
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|Shared By:||Joe L 82 on Aug 11, 2014|
|Admins:||Justin Johnsen, Kyle Stapp|
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DescriptionSmall intimate crag nestled in the valleys of South West Centralish PA. It was either exposed by stone cutting back in the day for train bridges or the Johnstown flood of 1889 which would have traveled this rivers path, the wall of water would have hit this sharp left bend in the river causing rapid erosion of the earth exposing the solid rock of what is now the crag. (just my theory)
Mix sun and shade, can be damp if overcast, low wind. Secluded, there is a hike/bike trail but the crag is off the beaten path and will not get may visitors, on rare occasion local kid here and there that even knows it exists.
Main wall is 37 feet high at its highest point and 3-4 layer mix of rock. Lower part starts out as a redish sandstone, then turns into more of a chossy type stone, then to another layer of similar then back to like a grit stone at the top layer. With the layering comes inset ledges which can make for an interesting route.
There are some grit stone type boulder ledges futher along this side of the peninsula and a little on the other side as well which make for good warm up or just messing around. They are obvious as you take the path around the right side to get to the top of the crag and continue for 50 yrds or so. There are no rocks on the tip side of the peninsula.
No one climbs here but me, main reason i even climb here is because i have family that is local and it makes for a quick outing. Not much is cleaned up, fun can be had but it obviously isn't a place to go out of your way for. If you are biking or hiking the Johnstown flood path it could be worth packing your shoes and some gear for a short break and a quick fix, and or again if you are uber local it could be a nice place when you are short on time or if you want to practice gear placement and what not.
Getting ThereGet to either Johnstown area and on 219 north, or get to Ebensburg area and take 219 South.
From 219 take South Fork exit, at "T" turn left onto 53. Travel ~.5 mile and make right turn on and across large concrete bridge (Oak St.), After bridge at 4way stop make left (Portage St.) follow road to dead end and trail head. (Path of flood trail), You will need to park along the road here but make sure you are no past the (no vehicles beyond this point) sign.
After on foot or bike, follow an easy gravel trail for ~ 1.5 miles, at a fairly sharp right bend in the main trail look on the left for small foot trail over a hump and off main trail. Take this to cliffs that over looks train tracks, ~20yrds before you reached the train track over look there is another even less traveled foot path that goes at angle down to the right, follow that path down around cliffs, to the tracks, cross train tracks to the peninsula and follow trail for a few yards until some rocks are visible you will want to stay more left, Main wall is on left side of the dome shaped peninsula (more Eastern side). You can walk around the right side and follow trail up hill to top of wall to anchor top rope, having other climbing partner down below to guide you in placement for route is helpful if you have never been there.
(I recommend bringing a bike to ride the trail and carrying it across the tracks with you.)
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