Elevation: 50 ft
GPS: 38.976, -77.207 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

A cliff band on the east side of the Potomac River just northwest of Washington DC. The rock is hard with quartz crystals and about 40 feet high. The area is top roped using trees and there are lots of hard foot work challenges. It's a beautiful area in the hardwood forest that is peaceful, but very popular.

Guidebook: rakkup.com/guidebooks/carde…

Getting There

Just off I-495 exit on to the Clara Barton Parkway in Carderock Park. Park in the far north parking lot and walk west on a trail to the cliffs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Carderock

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5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 35
Beginner's Crack
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 47
Easy Layback
TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 33
Nubbin (Nubble) Face
TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 37
Trudie's Terror
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 44
Jan's Face
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 45
Sterling's Crack
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
Triple A
TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
Flutterby
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 32
Herbie's Horror
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 32
Butterfly
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 21
Green Bucket
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 21
Fingernail
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 22
The Flake
TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 5
Elsie's Nose
TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 11
Buckets of Blood Arete
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Beginner's Crack Jungle Cliffs
 35
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad, TR
Easy Layback Hades Heights
 47
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c TR
Nubbin (Nubble) Face Hades Heights
 33
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a TR
Trudie's Terror Hades Heights
 37
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Jan's Face Jungle Cliffs
 44
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Sterling's Crack Jungle Cliffs
 45
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Triple A Hades Heights
 31
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Flutterby Hades Heights
 26
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Herbie's Horror Jungle Cliffs
 32
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Butterfly Hades Heights
 32
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Green Bucket Hades Heights
 21
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Fingernail Hades Heights
 21
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
The Flake Jungle Cliffs
 22
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Elsie's Nose Jungle Cliffs
 5
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b TR
Buckets of Blood Arete Jungle Cliffs
 11
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c TR
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