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Purgatory Rocks Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,707'
Location: 40.02905, -77.3521 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Justin Johnsen, Kyle Stapp, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Alex Bates on May 28, 2017
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This is a great bouldering area across from the smaller Tumbling Run boulders. There are countless problems on the boulders east of Woodrow Road. The guidebook I have (Rob Holzman's "Rock Climbing and Bouldering Pennsylvania") is a bit confusing, so I wanted to put up some pictures for others (and make sure I'm right about what I think is which boulder/problem).

Getting There 

From the south: Head on Rt 30 to 233 North toward Pine Grove Furnace. Travel 10.7 miles on 233 to Woodrow Road on the left. Go 2 miles up Woodrow Road to the top of the hill. Park on the right. (Parking : N 40.0258 W 77.35536)

From Carlisle/Harrisburg: Head south on I-81 to the Newville/King's Gap exit (37). Turn left onto 233 South toward Pine Grove Furnace. At the T (Pine Grove Furnace State Park), turn right to continue on 233 south for about 2.5 miles to Woodrow Road. Go 2 miles up Woodrow Road to the top of the hill. Park on the right. (Parking : N 40.0258 W 77.35536)

From the parking lot:
Head East on a fire road past a forest service campground. (You can reserve this campground if you contact the Michaux Forest district office. ) The guidebook says to stay right at the fork, but you get a better look at the boulders if you go left on a trail for hikers, bikers, and climbers. You should be at the first boulder along the trail, Ironsides, in 5-10 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

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