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Rocky Ridge Natural Area (aka Hunters)

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About Rocky Ridge Natural Area (aka Hunters):

Unlimited supply of rock for EVERYONE! There is an unlimited supply of problems to work and ones to find. Low traffic, lots of solitude. Super friction sandstone. Plenty of established boulder problems, or find your own. Several top roping oppurtunities, but NO bolts or pins, this is a Pennsylvania State Forest Natural Area, so bring lots of webbing if wanting to TR. Please bring a bigger brush for cleaning up chalk marks and colored terra chalk is a great choice if you can. This area is used by birdwatchers, backpackers, hikers, and flower gurus, it's not just a climbing area. One should stay aware of what others might be doing there also and lessen the impact on them. This an infamous area, and is difficult to obtain route and boulder problem names that everyone agrees upon or will even tell you, not sure how to get a consensus so I plan to number the boulders through the Natural Area and letter the clearly established problems, until some names can be agreed upon. Some sensitivity should be used because of the Natural Area designation. First, just be aware when throwing down the pad there is a extremely rare species of wildflower called Obolaria or Pennywort (Obolarias virginica) that grows here and only one other place in PA, and several other rare wildflowers including the Putty Root Orchid (Aplectrum hyemale) that call the Oriskay Sandstone formations and sandy ridge top soil home. Secondly, camping is not permitted in the Natural Area, I've seen other posts for this place (Hunters) saying camping is permissable and free, it is but NOT at the rocks. This is standard PA Forest regulations. Outside of the natural area border in Rothrock state forest, yes, camping is free and no permit is needed for a single night in a single spot with a group under 10 people, more than that or wanting to stay several nights at one spot or having a fire during the spring and fall fire seasons require a backcountry permit from Rothrock Forest Office, which can usually be done with just a brief call to their office. Please, just remember to be the proper distances from forest roads and Natural Areas and use Leave No Trace guidelines. On that note, there is consistently a fire ring at the main area, and I personally and strongly discourage it's continuing use. Also be aware that just past the cul-de-sac the State Forest Land ends and becomes State Game Lands which changes the rules, no rock climbing, there isn't anyways, and NO CAMPING. Overnight camping on State Game Lands is highly illegal in PA and the Game Commission officers like to enforce it. These boudaries are clearly labeled on the public Rothrock State Forest Map (see below)
Nearest town or city: Cornpropst Mills
Directions: From PA SR #26, you will take SR 1017 (Martin Gap RD), a left or right (depending on traveling direction) between the towns of Donation and Jackson Corner. This will take you to a recently built stone bridge and an intersection with dirt forest roads by a farm, you will want to take Martin Rd from here (dirt with a state forest road sign, but no name), not Geisler Run RD or Tower Camp RD. This will take you past several cabins until another intersection with a cabin in the middle, take the right road which should be labeled Frew, it's the correct one if you stay in the valley and don't climb out. On Frew you will come to a parking area before a gate and the Link Trail crossing, this will be your first point of access. Continue along until there is a parking area to your left directly before the power cut, there is no trail from here, it is good for overflow parking from the next spot that is past the power cut and to the right, this has the access trail that follows an old logging road out of the back of the parking area up and to the right, reaching the power line swath. Past this access point you can continue on Frew road passing a private cabin and then a group camping road #7, NO ACCESS without a permit (here with a FREE permit from Rothrock Forest District office allows motorized GROUP camping, regulations will be given with the permit), past this Frew road will dead end at a cul-de-sac. Here is where the Link Trail crosses, there is also a PRIVATE cabin road leaving the cul-de-sac. You will want to take the Link Trail to the right of the cabin road. This will shortly take you down to a seasonal creek bed. The Link Trail will bear right across the creek and off to the top of the ridge, you will want to follow the obvious trail straight across the creek bed, about 100 yards up the hill, staying on forest property, you will enter south-western end of the Rocky Ridge Natural Area and the highly developed bouldering area and the end of the Fortress section or one can hike the Link Trail and leave it at several spots to access various sections of the ridge.
Latitude, Longitude: 40.55943, -77.85245
Access Issues: None. Public Land - Rothrock State Forest (DCNR)
Camping: Yes
When to Climb: Autumn
Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime

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Forum Discussions (6 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
With Replies Back to School, back to Hunters NJSlacker 4 Aug 31 2008, 6:33 PM
With Replies Where is Mojo? NJSlacker 1 Aug 20 2008, 7:47 AM
With Replies Rocks! South of Hunters from the Cul-de-Sac kelly.joseph 2 Aug 07 2008, 8:45 AM
With Replies Hunters Rock - Updated Topos (2007) ... dharmatreez 1 Aug 10 2007, 8:15 AM
With Replies August 2006 Clean Up Day - Rocky Ridge Natural Area dharmatreez 5 Sep 06 2006, 7:33 AM
With Replies Boulder Maps... dharmatreez 15 Jul 26 2006, 5:18 AM