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Morgan Run NEA  


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Description 

Morgan Run is broken up into two main circuits, Streamside and Fisherman’s. Streamside is on the same side as the parking lot and Fisherman’s is just across the street. Navigating these are pretty straightforward since the trails for the most part follow the stream. Mainly bouldering is found here although many of the bigger boulder/formations can be top roped.

The Main Wall (just behind the Parking lot) is about 30' Which many folks would consider Rope-worthy. Due to the proximity to your car and easy anchor setups this is a nice place beginners and/or to practice anchors, and rope techniques. There is a description of routes on this wall listed here (about 7 climbs 5.5 to 5.10a): indy-adventures.net/climbing/g...

Best time to go is in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. You will probably want to avoid in the Summer due to a lot of overgrowth, ticks, and the humidity/heat.

Guide 

The 1st edition of the guide can be found here: Guide Link The first version of the bouldering guide is also posted in the photos section. The pages are individual pictures. To get them into one neat guide, print out the odd number pages, flip that group of pages over and print the even numbered pages. Just make sure it will go through your printer the correct way once flipped so that everything is in the correct orientation. Please post any corrections, additions, FA's, or grading suggestions to be added to the next version.

Any questions, comments, or FA's you can email morganrunguide@gmail.com

Getting There 

From 695 take I-70 W Exit 16A
Take Exit 80 MD-32 N/ Sykesville Rd. toward Sykesville follow for about 13 miles
Turn Left at Klee Mill Rd., follow for about 1 mile parking lot will be on right at bottom of hill. If you cross the bridge you just passed it.
Or
From 695 take I-795 N, continue onto MD-140 W
Turn left at Gamber Rd.
Turn Right at Sykesville Rd.
Turn Left at Klee Mill Rd., follow for about 1 mile parking lot will be on right at bottom of hill. If you cross the bridge you just passed it.
Approach for Streamside is only about 5 minutes maximum for some of the further boulders, most of the boulders on the Streamside is easy access.
Approach on for Fisherman's will be about a 7-10 minute hike until you reach the first boulders.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.7 miles from here

42 Total Routes

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