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Saddleback Trail (Yellow)
The longest loop in the park and the only trail on which bikes are allowed. Near Clarksburg, Maryland
Beginner/Intermediate Trail
A beginner-friendly warm-up for Emmitsburg's flowy, rocky goods. Near Emmitsburg, Maryland
The Emmitsburg Multi User Trail Tour
A hilly loop route showcasing the stacked loop system around Rainbow Lake. Near Emmitsburg, Maryland
Emmitsburg New Beginner Loops
The newest addition to the Emmitsburg Trail Network. Near Emmitsburg, Maryland
Intermediate Trail
Emmitsburg's intermediate loop serves up a hearty helping of rocks, climbs, and flowing downhills. Near Emmitsburg, Maryland
Advanced Trail
Advanced rock moves and steep climbs await riders on this winding trail. Near Emmitsburg, Maryland
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Patapsco State Park Rock Climbing 

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A slew of areas scattered across many miles. Nothing is big (80 feet max) but the proximity to the metropolitan area, generally easy access, good climbs, and generous people make the area one of the best in Maryland.

Mostly Topropes, but some good leads as well. For trad the classic is the notoriously sandbagged Blue Rose at 5.8+. And for sport check out The Truth at 10d.

Cataloged here are only a few of the best areas. Local John Kelbel has recently released a darn near comprehensive guide to the area at Patapsco Rock He has diligently walked almost the entire park and his guide will get you to nearly 100 different climbable pieces of rock in the park. The guide is all online using Google Earth. Need to download the plug-in but definitely worth the hassle. Check it out.

Getting There 

Patapsco State Park runs from just south of Baltimore city west and slightly north till Sykesville. The access points differ for each cliff and are described in the appropriate section.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

25 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Patapsco State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Patapsco State Park:
Middle Climb   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Ilchester
Gratefully Dead   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   Woodstock Rock
Blue Rose   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Ilchester
Bloody Bucket   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR   Woodstock Rock
The Wimpy Whiner Way   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR   Woodstock Rock
Midnight Lightning   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 25'   Ilchester
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The Wimpy Whiner Way 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  MD : Patapsco State Park : Woodstock Rock
Climb the corner to the roof making a long reach to the end of the overhang for a horn and then another horn. Climb the short crack above and follow the low angle crack out left to the top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in MD

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