Bear Rocks

Overview of Bear Rocks

Bear Rocks is not to be confused with any of the other Bear Rocks in Pennsylvania. This is a small rock outcrop off the Appalachian Trail not far from Palmerton in Eastern PA.  The area is made of a short cliff with several smaller boulders near it ranging from three to 15 feet high.  The hike in is long and the amount of rock here is sparse.  There are other boulders farther down the AT heading west but they are smaller than this rockband. The hardest problem here is a steep and very short V7 called Bear Tooth.  There is also a fun V4 traverse on the south wall of the cliff.  Most of the other problems are very easy and a few nice highballs in the V0 to V1 range.  The rock quality is great there just needs to be more rock to warrant the hike.  If you live near here I would check it out once; there are great views from the cliff.

Directions

Take bake Oven Knob Road up from the Palmerton area after Rt 895.  Clearly marked on map above.  Park and hike west on the Appalachian Trail.  You will reach Bear Rocks marked by a sign and vista and the rock is a few hundred feet off the AT.  It is 2 miles in.  You can also hike the AT in from Rt 309 but it is longer.

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