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Crescent Rocks

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Crescent Rocks 


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Location: 39.13925, -77.83794 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Map of approach from Ravens Rock Rd

Description 

Crescent Rock squeezes around thirty climbs onto a small cliff face. While most of the routes here are top rope climbs, there are a few quality trad leads. The south facing cliff receives plenty of sunshine throughout the entire day. This makes for great climbing in the fall, winter, and spring. There is no problem climbing here in the summer as long as like the Virginia heat. Make sure you beat the heat and bring your own water, there is no natural water supply in the area.

Climbs range from 5.8 (The Dish) to grueling 5.12d (Litigiousness Psychosis). Since the crag is close to a few metropolitan areas it tends to get a little crowded during the weekends. Consider sharing ropes with another group or you could get stuck on one route for a little while.


Getting There 

Apparently access on Raven Rock Road has been restricted so please hike in on the AT and park at AT parking lot on Route 7. The hike is strenuous, but well worth is with some great top roping a few leads. Link from www.hikingupward.com for directions to the parking lot. .


24 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Crescent Rocks:
Psoriasis   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Right Sector
Crescent Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Washington Wall
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Featured Route For Crescent Rocks
Straight up through the roof.

3D 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  VA : Crescent Rocks : Main Wall
Starts below an obvious overhang on the right side of the wall. There will also be a tree behind you when you are on the route. Begin on small holds and liebacks until you reach the roof. Take a good test and begin working crimps and pinches to pull the roof. Make use of a knee bar under the roof. Finding feet over the roof is the crux of the route. Once over the roof follow easier moves to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

Photos of Crescent Rocks Slideshow Add Photo
Gate and parking area long Ravens Rock Road. Approximate GPS coordinates: 39.115444,-77.846375
BETA PHOTO: Gate and parking area long Ravens Rock Road. Appro...
Radio tower along approach
BETA PHOTO: Radio tower along approach
Where the trail from the radio tower meets the Appalachian Trail. If you're hiking in from the tower, turn left at this point and follow the white blazes to get to the crags.
BETA PHOTO: Where the trail from the radio tower meets the App...
Map showing the 3 different areas in relation to each other
BETA PHOTO: Map showing the 3 different areas in relation to e...
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By Adam Marcus
From: Arlington, VA
May 7, 2014
CONDITION REPORT 

There were about 6 cars parked by the gate on Ravens Rock Road on Sunday May 4, 2014. We were parked there for about 5 hours and didn't get a ticket.

By ScooterV
From: Chandler, AZ
Jan 30, 2011

I am just wondering if anyone that climbs here is in the digital age? I would love to see some photos of this place.

By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Feb 1, 2011

Some more photos would be nice for sure.

By Daniel White
Apr 12, 2014

Do not use the parking area on Raven Rock road. Everyone that parked there on 6 apr 14 got a ticket even though we were in the area without no parking signs. Hopefully it will be thrown out in court but still what a pain.