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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Sassafras Trail
Tight mostly level singletrack. Near Church Hill, Pennsylvania
Colyer Lake Trail
A neat beginner loop rideable in both directions. Near Centre Hall, Pennsylvania
Pig Pile Trail
Fast singletrack ridge riding. Near Church Hill, Pennsylvania
Indian Trail
An old school rocky bench cut. Near Milroy, Pennsylvania
Shittaka
One of the best mountain bike optimized trails in the forest. Near Church Hill, Pennsylvania
Conklin Rd
This road links a few trails and is a bear to climb. Near Church Hill, Pennsylvania
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South Central PA Rock Climbing 


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A great quartzite roof in south-central PA.

Description 

No relation to South Central L.A! This is as South as you can get while north of the Mason Dixon Line. Harrisburg, the state capitol, is the biggest city out this way, with State College also being another popular starting point for collegiate climbers from its north side. Adventure can be had in Amish Country and other farmlands, and in the tallest mountains of the state in this stretch of the Appalachians (with its famous namesake Trail), and on cliffs eroded from the banks of rivers like the Susquehanna. There is a great deal of variety here.

Safe Harbor is a well-known sport climbing destination in this area.

Getting There 

Harrisburg is the urban hub. A large region, see individual areas for directions.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.4 miles from here

856 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',64],['3 Stars',295],['2 Stars',352],['1 Star',89],['Bomb',4]
['<=5.6',81],['5.7',44],['5.8',47],['5.9',77],['5.10',115],['5.11',71],['5.12',25],['5.13',6],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',114],['V2-3',42],['V4-5',92],['V6-7',58],['V8-9',25],['V10-11',9],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in South Central PA

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Central PA:
The Pyramid   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   Governor Stable : Pyramid Area
Posion Ivy   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   Colflesh Area : Colflesh Area - misc proble...
Porcelain   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Governor Dick Park (aka Mou... : Upper Matrix
Fabulous   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   45 Area : The 45
Colflesh Direct   V5- 6C     Boulder, 15'   Colflesh Area : Colflesh Area - misc proble...
Year of the Dragon   V6 7A     Boulder, 8'   Governor Dick Park (aka Mou... : Upper Matrix
Le Eaglet   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Safe Harbor South : j. Hydroman Sector
Pro Bono   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Safe Harbor South : e. Super Slab Sector
Public Service   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 74'   Safe Harbor South : b. Electric Co. Sector
Slab Master   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Safe Harbor South : e. Super Slab Sector
Adopted Son   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Safe Harbor South : j. Hydroman Sector
Under Fire   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Safe Harbor South : b. Electric Co. Sector
Safe Harbor Direct   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Safe Harbor South : b. Electric Co. Sector
Mental As Anything   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Safe Harbor South : j. Hydroman Sector
Locomotion   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Safe Harbor South : f. Autumn Arch Sector
Autumn Arch   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Safe Harbor South : f. Autumn Arch Sector
Electric Co.   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Safe Harbor South : b. Electric Co. Sector
Super Slab   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Safe Harbor South : e. Super Slab Sector
Hydroman   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Safe Harbor South : j. Hydroman Sector
Wonderama   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Safe Harbor South : f. Autumn Arch Sector
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Featured Route For South Central PA
Rock Climbing Photo: The final part just before the top out.

Bubba V3 6A  Pennsylvania : South Central PA : ... : Bubba Boulder
Really fun offwidth roof crack.Start upside down with your legs above your head heel to toe camming, work your way out from under the roof following the crack to the top out. Pretty straight forward problem. If you use 100% traditional offwidth technique (knee locks, hand stacks, heel to toe camming, leavittation techniques, etc) it is harder than V3. If you use mostly offwidth technique but use some of the face holds it goes around +/- V3....[more]   Browse More Classics in Pennsylvania

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By Alan Moles
May 23, 2016
Does anyone in the area know of any good free car camping areas. I know I could stay at a wal mart for free but I was looking for something more secluded.

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