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Ridge Trail
An east/west trail that features hemlocks and rhododendrons. Near Sugarcreek, Pennsylvania
Race Loop
A great singletrack loop that is decently maintained with technical sections and some rock gardens. Near Oil City, Pennsylvania
Cherrytree Loop
This trail has some large rocks in a technical rock garden with a nice descent through pine trees. Near Oil City, Pennsylvania
Tom's Run Trail
Primarily an old rail bed through a large hemlock valley. Near Sheffield, Pennsylvania
Heart's Content Short loop
A short but cool loop with great historical and natural features. Near Sheffield, Pennsylvania
Tanbark Trail
Classic Old School East Coast singletrack. Near Youngsville, Pennsylvania
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The Northwest Rock Climbing 

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The northwest section of PA is home to the state's only National Forest, the Allegheny. The main city is Erie, on the tropical (!) shores of the great lake of that name.

Getting There 

Interstates, turnpikes, highways, roads, trains, planes, boats.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.1 miles from here

87 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',32],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Northwest

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Northwest:
Ross' Boulder   V0+ 4+ PG13     Boulder, 12'   Rim Road Climbing Area : Ross Boulder
Middle Edge   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Rim Road Climbing Area : Birthday Boulder
Beginners' Face   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     TR, 35'   Rim Road Climbing Area : Beginners' Face
You Name It   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     TR, 35'   Rim Road Climbing Area : Ship's Prow
Stepping Stones   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Rim Rock
The Arete   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 40'   Rim Road Climbing Area : Island Block
R.O.T.C. Route   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR   Rim Road Climbing Area : Rappel Rock
Five Finger Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 30'   Rim Road Climbing Area : Five Finger Block
Girlish Figure   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 75'   Rim Rock
Sunshine   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR   Rim Road Climbing Area : Sunshine Wall
Laid Back   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 40'   Rim Road Climbing Area : Rappel Rock
Mr. Clean   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR   Rim Road Climbing Area : Sunshine Wall
Mission Impossible   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     TR, 45'   Rim Road Climbing Area : Island Block
Temptation   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 40'   Rim Road Climbing Area : Island Block
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Featured Route For The Northwest
Rock Climbing Photo: The route follows the shady corner, variation up t...

Slippery When Wet 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  Pennsylvania : The Northwest : Rim Rock
A spectacular overhanging lieback. Start by scrambling up to a ledge about 15 ft up. Follow the finger crack as it gradually becomes overhung, until reaching the top. A challenging variation continues right once reaching the top, and requires a pro placement just before sending the roof (5.10b)....[more]   Browse More Classics in Pennsylvania

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By tarsaucer Martin
From: Moscow, ID
May 17, 2015
To whom it may concern, I think that Pennsylvania needs a "Northwest" area list. A bunch of the locations are listed in "southwest" now and they are actually located in the Northwest corner of the state.
By Justin Johnsen
From: Nor Cal
Jun 3, 2015
Hey Tar, I totally agree! When I divided the state up,I knew (secondhand) of plenty of climbing spots in the northwest and north sections, but since not much had been created for them yet on Mountain Project I glommed them into one big blob.

Any preference on the exact name of the Northwest area page?

You can create it yourself, and Stoned and I can move applicable existing areas there (and refine the north central section location a little better).

By Michael Himmelstein
Jun 7, 2015
I Agree and i'm willing to input data from the Guide for McConnells Mill. i know that the author is working on a 2nd edition and once i get a copy i will be adding a lot more to it.

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