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Harper's Ferry Rock Climbing 

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The Harpers Ferry region includes cliffs in all 3 states MD, WV, and VA due to their close proximity to each other all the information is contained here under Maryland.

The Climbing ranges from multi-pitch trad, sport and top-roping areas to tons of excellent bouldering. Maryland Heights stands 200 feet tall and is the tallest cliff in central Maryland. It is REQUIRED to sign in at the ranger's information station to climb on Maryland Heights. None of the other areas require a sign in. Most of the rock in the region is a hard quartzite providing good crack systems and positive edges on the faces.

Contributing Web Sights
Harpers Ferry Climbing Guide
Harpers Ferry Climbing Blog
Indy's Underground Climbing Guide to Maryland

Getting There 

Harpers Ferry is located 17 miles South-West of Fredrick Maryland on interstate 340 where it crosses the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. The individual cliffs should provide specific parking information. The Mark train and Amtrack both stop at Harpers Ferry.
All of the Harpers Ferry cliffs are located on National Park Land and some of the parking areas will include a $10 entry fee, however a year pass can be purchased for $30 at the visitor center. Also the annual National Park Pass can be used as well. The National pass cost $80 and has two signature spots so it can be shared with one other person and covers entrance fees for the owner and 3 accompanying adults into all National Parks.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

222 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',20],['3 Stars',74],['2 Stars',97],['1 Star',28],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Harper's Ferry

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Harper's Ferry:
Center Stage and All Alone   A2 PG13     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 80'   Maryland Heights, MD : Train Tunnel Wall
A-1 Climb   5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   Maryland Heights, MD : ABC Ramps
B Real   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Maryland Heights, MD : ABC Ramps
"C" Route   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 145'   Maryland Heights, MD : ABC Ramps
'D' Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 225'   Maryland Heights, MD : Sign Wall
Grooving Up Slowly   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Balcony Jr.
Crown Of Thorns   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   Balcony Rock
Hard Up Direct   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 170'   Maryland Heights, MD : Sign Wall
Carpet Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   Skink Rock
Black Powder   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   Maryland Heights, MD : Sign Wall
Rags to Riches   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 33'   Skink Rock
Cold Steel Corner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   Balcony Jr.
Train Song   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Balcony Rock
Popeye's   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR   Balcony Rock
Gold Medallist   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR   Balcony Rock
B & O Burn   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Balcony Jr.
Salty Dog Saloon   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Balcony Jr.
Potomac Power Plant Pump   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Balcony Jr.
The Paymaster   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Balcony Jr.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Hard Up Direct 5.8 Topo

Hard Up Direct 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  MD : Harper's Ferry : ... : Sign Wall
The Classic route at Maryland Heights. It is recommended to link pitch 2 and 3 together. 1. Climb the left facing corner and face up to the white streak at the bottom of the sign. Step left to a set of bolts with chains. This pitch sometimes contains a little vegetation and is roughly 50 feet.2. Diagonal up and left along the steep ramp. Step out left around an overhanging block passing the main rappel chains. Clipping or placing gear near the rappel chains may create rope drag if linking pitc...[more]   Browse More Classics in MD

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Rock Climbing Photo: Overview sketch of the bouldering areas on Elk Rid...
BETA PHOTO: Overview sketch of the bouldering areas on Elk Rid...
Rock Climbing Photo: View of town from top of Maryland Heights
View of town from top of Maryland Heights
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By Chris Irwin
From: Silver Spring, Maryland
Apr 10, 2015
The park has temporarily closed the Sign Wall and the Gully the the public effective April 10th, 2015- August 15, 2015 due to nesting Peregrin Falcons.
By Conrad S.
Sep 24, 2015
Use the below links to access some videos of bouldering in Harpers Ferry."
By Torren
Nov 16, 2015
Parking Beta:

We attempted to park at the closed "Cindy Dee" carpool lot but the restaurant is now open again (now called Lowry's) and has no parking/towing signs everywhere. I went in and asked if it was alright to leave a car there and the guy said they don't allow parking anymore. We parked at the bus turnaround but there are only two spots there.

Any locals know more about the carpool lot situation? Is it free to park at the Amtrak station? Is that the best weekend option?

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