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.

144 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Carderock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 41
Beginner's Crack
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 54
Easy Layback
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 39
Nubbin (Nubble) Face
TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 41
Trudie's Terror
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 51
Jan's Face
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 50
Sterling's Crack
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 35
Triple A
TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 27
Flutterby
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 35
Herbie's Horror
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 35
Butterfly
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 21
Green Bucket
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 29
Fingernail
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 26
The Flake
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 20
Zig Zag
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
 41
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad, TR
Easy Layback Hades Heights
 54
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Nubbin (Nubble) Face Hades Heights
 39
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a TR
Trudie's Terror Hades Heights
 41
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Jan's Face Jungle Cliffs
 51
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Sterling's Crack Jungle Cliffs
 50
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Triple A Hades Heights
 35
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Flutterby Hades Heights
 27
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Herbie's Horror Jungle Cliffs
 35
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Butterfly Hades Heights
 35
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
 29
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
The Flake Jungle Cliffs
 26
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Zig Zag Hades Heights
 20
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Buckets of Blood Arete Jungle Cliffs
 11
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c TR
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