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Skink Rock 

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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.

Getting There 

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

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Skink Rock:
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'   
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Larissa about to begin Carpet Crack

Carpet Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  MD : Harper's Ferry : Skink Rock
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Climber near Carpet Crack on the right side of Skink Rock
Climber near Carpet Crack on the right side of Ski...
When you see this boulder from the trail you know Skink Rock is near. It is hidden behind the boulder and downhill 30 feet.
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