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|Submitted By:||Brad.mering on Oct 22, 2007|
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May 24, 2015
I recorded some (approximate) locations with my GPS when I visited and climbed in May 2015:
parking lot low "rapids" -- (latitude longitude N39.6381 W76.4125)
. on the West side of route 24, just N of a maintenance building.
. about 1.15 mile north from the intersection with Cherry Hill Rd
. about 0.35 mile north from the intersection with Rocks Chrome Hill Rd
. about 0.25 mile south from the intersection with St Clair Bridge Rd
parking lot high "picnic" -- (N39.6351 W76.4158)
. reached by driving from St Clair Bridge Rd
Kings Queens Seat (N39.6354 W76.4129)
. West end of the cliff top ridge
Strawberry Jam Pinnacle (N39.6358 W76.4123)
. East end of the rocks
Ledge at bottom of Breakaway wall (N39.6355 W76.41235)
from Low "rapids" Parking to Kings Queens Seat
. uphill about 255 vertical feet (80 meters) over a distance of 0.2 mile (300 meters)
. typical hiking time 10-15 minutes.
. I followed the obvious well-maintained trail (with some wood steps) up South from the low Parking. Just after a radically-leaning stone pillar and a sign for a historical quarry, the main trail turned right (N39.6361 W76.4128). Here I turned Left off onto another unmarked trail and continued south up to the top of the rocks.
from High "picnic" Parking to Kings Queens Seat
. downhill about 100 vertical feet (30 meters) over a distance of 0.35 mile (600 meters)
. typical return time 5-7 minutes.
. I followed the marked wide trail at first SE then generally E.
In theory the wide ledge at the bottom of the Breakaway wall could be reached by scrambling up west from the route 24 road. But I found this was steep slabby dirty -- not something I'd ever do hauling gear or with ground even slightly wet. Also there's no legal parking along the road by there. Although that approach was mentioned in an old guidebook, it did not look like hardly anybody does that any more (now that there's a nice maintained trail on the N side of the rocks).
From the Kings Queens Seat, hiking down around the SW side of the rocks leads to a gully below the Breakaway ledge. Which then requires scrambling up a steep slabby dirty gully to actually reach the ledge -- not something I'd ever do hauling gear or with ground even slightly wet.
So I guess that's why most people get to the base of Breakaway by first going to Kings Queens seat, then scrambling E down the N side of the rocks, crossing the ridge a bit W of the Pinnacle and scrambling SE down the rather steep rocky gully (not something I'd try when wet). Or rappelling down in from the Epitaph Ledge.
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