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.
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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