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Pole Steeple Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.0411, -77.2664 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Justin Johnsen, Kyle Stapp, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Kyle Stapp on May 28, 2013

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Fun but not terribly often ventured to moderate trad and top rope spot. Its got world class views and a nice, just long enough to warm up approach. Very old and solide stone. Mostly less than vertical but some vertical and some slightly overhanging routes exist.

Great place to take the family or climb and connect with the Appalachian Trail.

15-20 +/- established climbs. Most, if not all, are 5.8 difficulty and under.

Getting There 

In Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Take 81 to the 233 South, follow until you are at the "T" intersection at the state park (you'll have a stop sign). Turn left onto Pine Grove Rd. And follow for a few mins and you'll clearly see Laurel Lake on your right. Pass the lake and pass its dam. The turn to the trail head is just past the dam and its not always easily seen or marked so go slow. The road you want to turn right onto after the dam is Railroad Bed Rd. Follow this road for 1-2mins and a parking lot will clearly be on your right and the trail head (should be marked, popular hiking trail) will be on your left. Follow the trail directly to the cliff. 10-15min approach all uphill.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.9 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Crack II is red line on left.

Crack II 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  Pennsylvania : South Central PA : Pole Steeple
The crux pulling through the overhanging crack. There is a large flake in the center of the climb that vibrates when you hit it. It looks like it takes plenty of gear but I wouldn't put anything in it. Fun & protects reasonably well. Make sure you have some long slings for an anchor at the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in Pennsylvania

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By Kyle Stapp
From: Pennsylvania
May 28, 2013
Great place and totally worthy especially if you're newer to trad or are just looking for a little adventure (approach, pack in water/food, etc). Great place to practice self-rescue, anchors, ascending/descending ropes, etc.

Again not many hard lines so if you're out looking to push your limits this may not be for you (unless your limit is 5.8 or below then enjoy!). If you're looking for a cruiser day this place is great and the views are world class for sure.

For some specific routes check out's "Pole Steeple" site. I added this to Mountain Project so that seekers are aware this place exists.

Every climbable rock on public land in PA should be announced. We aren't the West and therefore us PA locals need to maximize our climbing experiences by allowing easy access to the beta. You won't go to this place if you don't know it exists.
By minquatrails
From: Lancaster PA
May 18, 2014
I found the place to be exactly as The Stoned Master described.

Rock Climbing & Bouldering PA published by Blue Biner has some good topos on the routes.
By elauer13
Mar 10, 2017
Looking to give this place a go with the family. Anyone know where to get the guidebook for Pole Steeple (preferably a digital copy)? The Blue Biner website doesn't appear to work any longer.
By Kyle Stapp
From: Pennsylvania
Mar 10, 2017
I believe Rob Holzman's guide includes Pole Steeple. You can find his guide at Pole Steeple can make for a nice family day out for sure. The rock climbing itself is limited to a few routes ultimately, but the overall experience of the place (nice approach, amazing views from the top, super ancient stone, etc.) makes for a good time and worth it as a family day out in my opinion; especially if you've never been.

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