Garter snake at the base of Rags to Riches
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)
Weather station 0.8 miles from here
15 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Skink Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Skink Rock:
Featured Route For Skink Rock
Rags to Riches 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a MD
: Harper's Ferry
: Skink Rock
Stellar route, one of the best in Maryland. Begin 10' left of Air Show, climb this fantastic corner crack system up to the roof. At the roof, follow the crack out and step left, reaching up to either a ledge or a jug, depending on your ape index. Power up to the top. Pumpy route, a solid lead that takes mostly medium to big gear. A rack of #0.5 to #5 camalots with some long slings is about perfect. (Indy)...[more] Browse More Classics in MD
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Aug 11, 2014
I found some Evolv Defys size 12.5 last weekend on the trail leading to Skink rock.
By Alex Bates
Oct 12, 2014
With your back to Harper's Ferry from the most popular overlook, Skink Rock is to your left. It is not that far from the overlook.