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Annapolis Rock  


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Elevation: 1,800'
Location: 39.5731, -77.5994 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Annapolis Rock, a ca. 50 minute, 2 mile hike up the Appalachian Trail in the backcountry of the South Mountain Recreation Area (South Mountain State Park), is a terrific, short band of western facing cliffs 1800 feet above the Cumberland Valley and Greenbrier Lake near Frederick, MD. The rock is bullet-hard quartzite characterized by smooth bulges and long, horizontal fractures. It's a great Maryland area for TRing and Trad.

The single pitch climbs are often top roped. Long (50+ ft) webbing or static line will serve to anchor to the many boulders and trees atop the cliff. A few large to medium pieces of pro may be helpful for anchoring as well.

There is a backcountry camping area, a privy, and a spring (you might want to treat the water before drinking, or maybe not) on site. The camping area seems to be heavily used.

Getting There 

From Baltimore take I-70 West to Exit 42, Myersville (bear right off the ramp). Follow Route 17 through town; it takes a right. At the intersection of Route 40, go left onto Route 40. After about 3 miles you will see parking by the road and a sign for the Appalachian Trail. Park here. Put on your pack and hike the AT north (following signs and white blazes) for about 2 miles. You will see a sign for Annapolis Rock at a short side trail off to the left. You've arrived.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.3 miles from here

27 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Annapolis Rock:
Part Man, Part Monkey   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   Fin Rock
Wall of Wander   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Argo Rock
White Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   The South End
Ounce of Perception   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 75'   Faint's Roof
Black Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The South End
The BattleField   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 30'   Argo Rock
Argonaut   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Argo Rock
Faints roof   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Faint's Roof
The Dragon   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Faint's Roof
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Below the first roof on Ounce of Perception

Ounce of Perception 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  MD : Annapolis Rock : Faint's Roof
Fun climb. Lots of crimps and thin ledges to start. Nice big jugs higher up. Footing is tougher - hard to smear due to the rock being so weathered and smooth. Good route to throw in some finger and fist jams, heel hooks and the like. You can also climb to the roof area, traverse left and play around on the roof. It's a fun one to top out on. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in MD

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Parking off of Rt 40 at the beginning of the 2 mil...
BETA PHOTO: Parking off of Rt 40 at the beginning of the 2 mil...
Backcountry camping at Annapolis Rock.
BETA PHOTO: Backcountry camping at Annapolis Rock.
Follow the signs along the AT to Annapolis Rock
BETA PHOTO: Follow the signs along the AT to Annapolis Rock
View from the top of Annapolis Rocks
View from the top of Annapolis Rocks
Follow the signs along the AT to Annapolis Rock.
BETA PHOTO: Follow the signs along the AT to Annapolis Rock.
The mouldering privy.  Just like home.
BETA PHOTO: The mouldering privy. Just like home.
After 2.2 miles on the AT, take the short access t...
BETA PHOTO: After 2.2 miles on the AT, take the short access t...
Weverton Formation Quartzite with smooth bulges an...
BETA PHOTO: Weverton Formation Quartzite with smooth bulges an...

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