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Blue Hole - Camp Carmel - Morgan Run

Blue Hole - Camp Carmel - Morgan Run Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Justin Murray on May 29, 2016
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This is a very nice secluded spot with a variety of bouldering and top rope problems. It is mostly wooded and shady, but the main wall gets a lot of sun near the top, especially earlier in the day.

The top of the wall is just about ideal for setting up top rope, with lots of large sturdy trees for anchors. Also recommend following the trail to the top overlook point, where there is a very nice view of the valley.

A lot of people visit this area to camp and swim in the beautiful "Blue Hole" lake, just across the dirt road and downhill from the climbing.

Getting There 

About 20 min from Dunbar, PA. A larger vehicle is recommended, as the last few miles are rough dirt roads with huge unavoidable potholes. Google maps will get you very close. Where Camp Carmel Rd ends on the map, you can go straight and park in a large lot there. Hiking up the (very rutted) dirt road from there will take you to the top of the cliffs where you can set up your top rope.

Alternatively, you can turn left and go down the hill a few hundred yards, where there is a small parking area on the left. Slightly uphill from the lot look for a pipe across the road to find the trail head on your left (looking uphill). It is a short walk through a boulder field to the large wall. It is possible to hike up around the wall to the right, though a bit steep and muddy.

Climbing Season

For the Southwestern Highlands area.

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

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By sheep1192 sheep
Jul 12, 2017
Blue Hole is on Private Property as is the rock wall and the owners are very hostile to people who party and disrespect the environment on their property. Please do not go to this Site
By branbear24
Aug 19, 2017
Correct, for the past few years now this area has been off limits, equipment will be seized & u can face trespassing charges.... Anyone that has any info about who the land owner is, lets do this the right way & at least get the SWPACC & possibly the Access Fund involved to try & get it opened up for climbing... Continuing to trespass & climb will only hurt our efforts to get this opened... the potential of this site is well worth us using the proper channels to get permission....

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