Hunter’s Rocks is a sandstone bouldering area located south of State College, Pennsylvania in the Rocky Ridge Natural Area. The boulders here are full of pockets, huecos, and sloper features. The walls are steep, tall and covered in holds. Landings are generally flat and safe. The best time to climb is in the fall, but the rock is so featured, that bouldering in warm conditions isn’t as difficult as summer conditions on diabase boulders.
What Makes It Great
Hunter’s Rocks is a unique bouldering area for Pennsylvania. To find anything similar, you would have to travel to Chattanooga. Some of the best problems in the main area include; Incredarete (V3), Mushroom Tattoo (V6), and Standard American Accent (V7). The Powercut is the next biggest area. The Powercut’s most popular climbs are: The Hunger Artist (V10), Alcoholic Recovery Cave (V6), and Agape (V5). The Oaks is the the northmost area. Here, you will find taller cliffline boulders like The Trembling (V3). Between the Main Area and The Power Cut is a long stretch of rock with less popular climbs.
If you are a student at Penn State, this is a great area to visit on day trips or even half days after class. If you are living in Philadelphia it is a nice weekend trip destination. Hunter’s Rocks is a great place to go if you want to take a break from thin Pennsylvania diabase boulders and climb on some steep featured sandstone.
Who is Going to Love It
The climbing at Hunter’s Rocks is great for beginners and expert boulderers. The difficulty of problems here ranges from V0 to V12. Beginners should visit the Main Area and climb on Welcome to Hunters (V2) and Incredarete (V3). Advanced climbers should try The Hunger Artist (V10) at The Powercut and Levitation Complication (V10) at The Main Area. If you like highball climbs, checkout Saddle Burr (V1), The Sweet Arete (V3), and Electric Arete (V0). If you would like to climb on some in some less established areas, explore the boulders between The Main Area and The Powercut.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
To get to Hunter’s Rocks, follow directions for Frew Road, Huntingdon, PA. There are 4 parking pull offs for Hunters. The first two you pass are for The Oaks and The Powercut Areas. For the Main Area, park further ahead on the right, or at the end of Frew Road. When you walk in to the main area, stay to the right. There are some boulders on private property to the left, but they are closed for climbing.
Checkout Eric Heiden’s Google Maps guide linked on mountain project for detailed info on trails and boulders.
Those on weekend trips can camp in Rothrock State Forest with a permit. Permits are free and they are issued by the rothrock district office at 181 Rothrock Lane Hundington, PA.
The boulders are mostly located on state game lands, so wear orange during hunting season in the fall and winter.