Train Tunnel Wall Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: An overview of Maryland Heights. The Sign Wall is ...
The steep wall directly over the train tunnel. Usually home only to the ravens and aid climbers. There is only one free route known but to many of the area's aid climbers this is the biggest and baddest thing around.
Set up shop in the "Pit" get geared up and get ready for thin aid on hard black rock.
Can get rather windy and about 15 trains a day are going directly underneath you. You dont just hear them, you can actually feel them.
A slightly tricky approach. You used to be able to park in the single pullout right below the "pit" but that is now being patrolled. Parking options include the hiking trail-head on Sandy Hook Rd. Go under rail bridge and another half mile to parking. This lot fills up fast with hikers on the weekend. Sandy Hook is accessed off of 340 in MD by taking Keep Tryst Rd. to sandy hook rd.
Or you can pay to park in town and walk across the pedestrian bridge.
Either way you need a permit from the park rangers to climb. Their office is in town on the right as you drive in. They also usually require that you have a helmet.
From either parking find the south side of the concrete structure that makes up the tunnel underneath the wall. A 30 foot trail leads to a 30 foot tall ladder bolted to the side. Up this (exciting with a haul bag) and into the "pit" All climbs start from here. Use discretion while in the pit as access is uncertain.
Climbing Season For the Harper's Ferry area.
Weather station 0.7 miles from here
7 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Train Tunnel Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Train Tunnel Wall:
Featured Route For Train Tunnel Wall
Black Tie Affair 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b MD
: Harper's Ferry
: ... : Train Tunnel Wall
P1: Starting out the left corner of the pit, head up a jagged, overhanging crack. (The route might be marked by an Indian Creek style stone at the base). The first pitch follows the previously mentioned crack (system) all the way to a ledge at ~100 feet. On the way to the anchors, you will climb an overhang to a tricky mantle, a short slab section, another overhang, another slab, and the final crux, an ever-so-slightly overhanging face split by a rapidly closing crack.P2: This pitch is best ...[more] Browse More Classics in MD
By Chris Irwin
From: Silver Spring, Maryland
Aug 25, 2014
ACCESS ALERT: CSX work going on with both tunnel entrances. Please do not access or climb on the train tunnel wall while CSX employees or equipment are present.