Chinese Wall (Boxcar Rocks)

Chinese Wall

I have long heard of the Chinese Wall, one of Pennsylvania’s most impressive geological formations.  It is a long, narrow outcropping of conglomerate that resembles a wall.  Google satellite shows the formation extends for over a mile.  It is very popular with rock climbers.

I drove up on a misty day, which actually was better for taking pictures.  The trees faded into the mist, and a strong breeze swept over the rocks.  The formation is also known as Boxcar Rocks, for a series of rocks separated by narrow crevices, resembling boxcars of a train.  Moss and especially lichens covered many rocks.

I found the rugged parking area off of Gold Mine Road in SGL 211.  I followed the gated road for about a quarter mile, and turned right onto an obvious, unblazed trail into a scenic, mysterious pine forest that was shrouded with mist.  I soon reached the formation.  Unofficial trails snake around the massive wall.


I decided to scramble near the top of one of the formations.  I crawled through a crevice and walked among the canopy of the blooming trees.  I then scrambled to the top, wedging my feet in the cracks.  I had to be careful since the rock was a little slick.  I reached the top to see waves of mist flowing over the wall.

Near the top

I scrambled back down and explored some more windows, crevices, and passageways between the rocks.  Even though it is a short hike, the Chinese Wall is one of the most interesting sights in the state.

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