Valley to Summit’s rock climbing program uses numerous climbing crags to run our various outdoor rock climbing trips. Each location is unique in scenery, rock type, rock quality, rock hight and climbing routes. By climbing at different crags, you will expose yourself to new challenges and grow your climbing potential.
Below is a short description of the climbing crags, a list of the types of trips we run at each crag and the general location of the climbing area.
We spend the day in a beautiful gorge along a horseshoe bend in the Tohickon Creek in High Rocks State Park near Ralph Stover State Park located in Bucks County, PA. The rock raises 200 ft offering great views of Tohickon Creek and the surrounding forest. The exposed climbing faces rang from 40ft to 100ft high and have over 100 climbing routes of all levels.
Rappel Trips: 100ft rappels!!!
General Location: High Rocks State Park, Pipersville, PA, 18947. Bucks County near Doylestown and only 20 minutes from New Hope.
A local climbing crag that was once a quarry, Birdsboro Rock Quarry is now a climbing destination in Berks County, PA with well over 100 routes that range in difficulty and height. The adventure begins right away with 2 shallow crossing of Hay Creek; you can wade the water to cross or traverse a cable bridge. With the creek crossings, the walk to the climbing area takes about 15-20 minutes.
General Location: Birdsboro, PA, 19508. Berks County near Pottstown and French Creek State Park
Chickies Rock is a premier climbing crag with cliffs over 100ft overlooking the eastern bank of the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County, PA. Geologically, Chickies Rock is the largest exposed Anticline (an arch of stratified rock in which the layers bend downward in opposite directions from the crest) on the east coast. A great spot for climbers of all levels
Rappel Trips: Depending on the trip, there is an 80ft rappel and a 175ft rappel!!! Both are very exposed and are thrilling.
General Location: Columbia, PA, 17512. Lancaster County near Chickies Rock County Park and York and Ephrata PA.
A city oasis, Alapocas Run State Park in downtown Wilmington, Delaware is a lush getaway and home to an awesome climbing crag situated in one of the park’s most serene spots. The rock is Wilmington blue rock, a gneiss. Spend the day climbing and rappelling on a rock face situated in a tranquil setting at the confluence of Alapocas Run and the Brandywine Creek.
Rappel Trips: 80ft rappels!!!
Located along the ridge line, Pole Steeple’s 80 ft. summit is among the most dramatic summits in Pennsylvania. There is a 1/2 mile uphill hike to get to the climbing area, but the solid rock, wilderness setting and world class views are the reward. The climbing crag is along the famous Appalachian Trail corridor.
General Location: Gardners, PA 17324. Pine Grove Furnace State Park. In the northern section of Michaux State Forest and centrally located to Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Shippensburg, Chambersburg, Carlisle & Mechanicsburg
General Location: Just South of Boiling Springs, PA and 30 minutes Southwest from Harrisburg, PA.
General Location: Myersville, MD 21773. Close to the Pennsylvania boarder–located in Maryland’s South Mountain State Park between Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland
The Mocananqua climbing crag, known as “Main Wall” or “Moc Wall,” is famed “as arguably one of the best climbing locations in Pennsylvania,” according to one author. Nestled in the heart of PA’s anthracite coal region near Wilkes-Barre, PA, the surrounding landscape is a great example of reclaimed land. The rock is similar to the rock in the renown Shawangunks (the “Gunks”) in New York. Enjoy climbing this awesome 80 ft cliff situated in a deeply-forested grove.
General Location: Wapwallopen, PA 18660. 15 miles south of Wilkes-Barre, PA.