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Blue Run Rocks Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Blue Run Rocks. Aider's Rock.


Blue Run Rocks is a small cluster of 25-35ft sandstone boulders and accompanying cliff line. Mostly bolted routes (or highball them as was originally done for some), but a few gear protected routes and boulder problems exist also. Some beautiful stone, awesome wooded setting and some super fun routes makes Blue Run Rocks worth a visit if in the area.

A few sunny patches on the boulders that change climbs as the day goes along, with some shady and cool sides as well. Fairly secluded as you have to hike 30 mins (or more) to the sandstone boulders; the hike in and out is just shy of two miles. A great place to climb, the only problem is the climbs are short averaging 20-35ft.

A free guide including all of the climbs can be downloaded here:

Getting There 

From Westfield: Take Route 349 South for 3.5 miles into the small town of Sabinsville. Turn left onto School Street and after 100 yards make a right onto Locust street. You will pass a baseball Field on your right. Continue for about half a mile and make a right onto Gurnee Road (just after passing over a small bridge.) Follow Gurnee Road for about 3.5 miles. You will crest a hill and there will be a large ␣ eld on your right. Continue for another 1/2 a mile(entering into state forrest land) and you will see the trailhead on your right.

From Wellsboro: Take Route 6 West towards Galeton for approximately 15 miles. Turn right onto Shin Hollow Road (This turn is easy to miss, so be alert. There is a miniature golf course/gift store on your right at this intersection called Manhattan Station.) After turning right on Shin Hollow Road drive for approximately 4 miles. The road will level out and you will pass a large field on your right. About half a mile later you will see the sign for the trailhead on your left.

From the Trailhead: Follow the red blazed trail into the woods. You will pass several very small streams on your way. After about 30 minutes of hiking you will cross over the stream on the trail map. Continue another 200 yards and take a left (actually the second left) heading up a steep hill. Follow the trail up over the top of the hill and to the rocks.

Often muddy after it rains be sure to wear boots!

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Blue Run Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Blue Run Rocks:
The Chip   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 40'   Lichen Wall
Darwin's Dilemma   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 30'   The Main Attraction
Piton Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 30'   The Main Attraction
Levitation   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 30'   The Main Attraction
Steelworker   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   Lichen Wall
Campfire Direct   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     TR   Campfire Boulder
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Rock Climbing Photo: Trail head leading to Blue Run Rocks.
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By Vertical Buddha
From: Pennsylvania
Sep 21, 2014
There is ample camping at Blue Run Rocks. There are a few established camp sites around, please try and use them instead of making new ones. A very popular camp site that can accomodate multiple tents and has a fire ring is on the trail in IF: you continue going straight up the hill (there is an off-shoot trail that goes off right if going up hill, that trail bypasses the camp site, The Main Attraction boulder, the Campfire boulder and the Lichen Wall Area; the off-shoot trail does start you at Aider's Rock, the Vila boulder and the Buddha Slab) on the Blue Run Rocks Trail. You'll run into this camp site on your left, once the trail flattens out and zig zags a bit; continue on the trail 1-2 minutes more to the large boulders.

You can get water in the run at the bottom of the ridge (where the Blue Run Rocks Trail turns to go straight up the hill, just walk down hill on the trail and continue onto the banks of the run at the very bottom). I reccomend filtering it; the water is usually crisp and cold and always refreshing. Ive heard rumor of a spring not far from the boulders but have yet to locate it.

Rock Climbing Photo: A popular Blue Run Rocks camp site.
A popular Blue Run Rocks camp site.

Nathan Heston's guide is worth printing; its straight forward and really well made I think.

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