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Mount Gretna  


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Description 

Mount Gretna offers excellent bouldering inside Governor Dick’s Nature Preserve. Composed of groups of diabase boulders strewn throughout a dense forest, the area can be tricky to navigate without a guide or guidebook but once mastered it takes just minutes to reach the nearest boulders. A great place to train and run bouldering circuits. Fall and spring are the best times to visit. Summer greets you with humidity, deer ticks, flies and dense underbrush.

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Getting There 

From the PA Turnpike take Exit 266 (Lebanon/Lancaster) and turn Right after toll booths onto PA 72 (Lebanon Road). Travel approximately 2 miles then turn Right onto Cider Press Road. Continue to Stop sign and turn Right onto Pinch Road. Follow Pinch Road into nature preserve and park at Clarence Schock education center on Right just after State Game Lands sign.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.2 miles from here

84 Total Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',25],['2 Stars',38],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',20],['V2-3',28],['V4-5',20],['V6-7',7],['V8-9',9],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mount Gretna:
Posion Ivy   V0 4     Boulder, 20'   Colflesh Area
Serenity Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Prow Area
Homefries    V0 4     Boulder, 10'   Colflesh Area
Omega Zen   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   45 Area
Talking to Myself   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Shamoo Area
Havit    V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Colflesh Area
Jenn Savage   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Colflesh Area
Hang Ten   V2-3 5+ PG13     Boulder, 1 pitch, 12'   Smiley Area
Left Bookend    V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Smiley Area
Help Meat   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Shamoo Area
Porcelain   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 15'   Upper Matrix
Astroboy   V4 6B     Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'   Prow Area
Bodysnap   V4 6B     Boulder   Colflesh Area
Smiley Face    V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Smiley Area
Fabulous   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   45 Area
Colflesh Direct   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Colflesh Area
Shamoo   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Shamoo Area
Needle to the Vein   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Upper Matrix
Reunion   V5 6C     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   Upper Matrix
Year of the Dragon   V6 7A     Boulder, 8'   Upper Matrix
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Featured Route For Mount Gretna
The start of Shamu

Shamoo V5 6C  PA : South Central PA : ... : Shamoo Area
Shamoo is one of the top ten boulder problems of Mt Gretna. It embodies all of what diabase climbing is about: small holds, balance and most importantly technique. Shamoo climbs the striking seam and left arete on the most prominent boulder in the area. Begin easily enough by laybacking up the left arete whilst smearing. Work your way into a position where you will be spanning between the arete and crack with your hands and no feet. Hike the left foot up to nearly nothing, perch for all you ...[more]   Browse More Classics in PA

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The Wave original finish (move left to arete) V2.  Between Smiley Face and Shamoo, next to the problem Choppy (V6).  The direct finish is more difficult.  <br /> <br />circa 2001 or 2002
The Wave original finish (move left to arete) V2. ...
Governor Dick Park pamphlet from 2012
BETA PHOTO: Governor Dick Park pamphlet from 2012
Governor Dick Park pamphlet from 2012
BETA PHOTO: Governor Dick Park pamphlet from 2012

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By skinny legs and all
From: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Jan 23, 2011
Due to the Governor Dick Preserve being surrounded by State Game Lands, huge herds of deer are frequently seen in the area, where they are protected from hunting. I contracted Lyme disease in 2001 after picking up a deer tick after a day of climbing here. I also know of at least two other people who suffered it that same year or the next, so check yourself after every visit.