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This great cliff has face, slab, crack, dihedral, and roof climbing. It faces west and overlooks the town of Harpers Ferry from high on the ridge. In the summer it tends to be shaded until late in the day and a draft flows up the side of the mountain under the tree canopy resulting in a cooler climbing experience. Portions of the cliff grow a fine powdery lichen that will wear off with more traffic. The base of the cliff has a relatively flat staging area. The rock is good, the routes are fun.
This cliff is best accessed from the top of Maryland Heights and the main overlook points. From the overlook you hike uphill and to the north (parallel the potomac, hiking in the upstream direction)
15 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Skink Rock:
Dancing with Trees 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b TR, 1 pitch, 37'
Oh My Eyes! (right exit) 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Kuutomo 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c TR, 25'
Carpet Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 25'
Rags to Riches 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 33'
Eyes of a Stranger 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Skink Magic 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a TR, 1 pitch, 27'
Blue Pill 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a TR, 1 pitch, 27'
The White Man Head Bob 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a TR, 1 pitch, 37'
Unyielding Finale 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b TR, 1 pitch, 37'
Air Show 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c TR, 1 pitch, 33'
Air Show (right exit) 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c TR, 1 pitch, 33'
Conrad vs. The Skink Monster 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c TR, 37'
Featured Route For Skink Rock
Oh My Eyes! 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b MD : Harper's Ferry : Skink Rock
So-named for the amount of lichen that showered down on the climber when he was looking up, searching for another hold. Start at a broken finger crack 8' left of White Man Head Bob. Face-climb, layback or jam up this short crack to a ledge 8' up. At this point aim left for the left-leaning right-facing flake system in the middle of the face (V1). Follow that until it ends, then work your way up the face (crux) to some good horizontals then the top. (Indy)...[more] Browse More Classics in MD