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Mertz Perch

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About Mertz Perch:

Limestone and Sandstone rock face along the Allegheny River. Ranges in difficulty from steep hills on the outskirts to 5.10-5.11 climbs towards the middle. Height of the rocks and climbing areas vary between just over 50 feet to close to 200 feet. There is a nice area to camp at the top of the cliffs as well as a section with multiple terraces. All areas can either be hiked to, bouldered to, or rappelled to. Several areas do however contain loose rock and protection such as helmets should be worn. All in all, very nice area to climb.
Nearest town or city: Emlenton, PA
Directions: Take exit 45 on I-80. Go west on PA-208 ~1 mile. Turn left on to Metz Rd. Follow until you reach a sign for a house called Mertz Perch. This is just after passing Emlenton Road which is on the left and the sign is 3/4 of the way up a large hill on the right. Find a place to park, walk through the woods, and you will be on top of the cliffs.
Latitude, Longitude: 41.15856, -79.67375
Access Issues: Private property. Please ask to park and climb/camp. Please clean up all trash before leaving.
Camping: Yes
When to Climb: Autumn Spring Summer
Quantity of Climbs: Weekend


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