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Areas in Maryland

Annapolis Rock 27 / 0 / 25 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 31
Baltimore City Watershed 1 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Big Gunpowder Falls 2 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Black Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Blair Witch Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Camp Lewis / Lewis Rocks 14 / 0 / 13 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 15
Carderock 52 / 0 / 109 / 15 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 126
Catoctin Mountain Park 14 / 0 / 24 / 100 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 124
Fallston Boulder Garden 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Frederick Watershed 0 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 13
Great Falls - Maryland Side 69 / 0 / 73 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 75
Harper's Ferry 76 / 14 / 64 / 150 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 269
Herzog Island 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Johns Hopkins University, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Liberty Reservoir Oakland Road 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Little Gunpowder Falls Crag 4 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Locust Grove 5 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Morgan Run NEA 0 / 0 / 0 / 65 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 65
Narrows aka Lover's Leap, The 23 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 24
Northwest Branch 5 / 0 / 5 / 35 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 40
Patapsco State Park 12 / 4 / 22 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Raven Rock 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Rocks State Park 22 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
Shepherdstown Limestone Triple Roof Crag 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Shepherdstown Pillars 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Sugarloaf Mountain 36 / 0 / 51 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 60
Turkey Island 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Vaso Island 2 / 3 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
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Description

From the Chesapeake Bay to the hills beyond Hagerstown there is climbing to be found in Maryland, although most of the climbing can be found in central Maryland.

Rock State Park, Carderock, A-Rock, and other various climbing locations are generally small, short but have beautiful setting and fun moves. Finding a local that knows where the classics are is definitely the crux of Maryland climbing.

Indoors gyms are extremely common, generally huge, and well-kept.

Getting There

Maryland is a state, there are only 50, learn them know them, and even though the East coast states are small we have fierce devotion to our repective home states so don't say "oh! that is one of the small ones over by..." if you want to make friends.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Maryland

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2-3 5+
 10
Big Dipper
Boulder
V4- 6B
 6
Dirty Hooker
Boulder
V4- 6B R
 3
The Iron Pickle
Boulder
V5- 6C
 9
The Belly
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 35
A Flake Called Lee
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 45
Vertical
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 41
Seven Wishes
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 32
Sterling's Crack
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 29
Hard Up Direct
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 41
Strawberry Jam
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 24
Breakaway Right
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 27
Herbie's Horror
TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 44
Black Crack
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Sweet Piss
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 4
Black Tie Affair
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Big Dipper Harper's Ferry > Highlands
 10
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Dirty Hooker Harper's Ferry > Balcony Rock Boulders
 6
V4- 6B Boulder
The Iron Pickle Harper's Ferry > Highlands
 3
V4- 6B R Boulder
The Belly Catoctin Mtn Park > Cunningham Fall… > Cliff Trail Boulders
 9
V5- 6C Boulder
A Flake Called Lee Sugarloaf Mtn > Middle Earth
 35
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Vertical Rocks SP > Breakaway Wall
 45
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Seven Wishes Sugarloaf Mtn > Middle Earth
 41
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Sterling's Crack Carderock
 32
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Hard Up Direct Harper's Ferry > Maryland Height… > Sign Wall
 29
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Strawberry Jam Rocks SP > Pinnacle
 41
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Breakaway Right Rocks SP > Breakaway Wall
 24
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Herbie's Horror Carderock
 27
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Black Crack Annapolis Rock > S End
 44
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Sweet Piss Harper's Ferry > Maryland Height… > Sport and Transept
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Black Tie Affair Harper's Ferry > Maryland Height… > Train Tunnel Wall
 4
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad 2 pitches
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Mike Mu.
hagerstown
Mike Mu.   hagerstown
For a better description of Maryland Climbing check out Indy's Climb Maryland book. Here is the link for amazon.com.
amazon.com/Climb-Maryland-M…
It is more thorough than any other guide. Maryland, when you actually go looking has a lot of climbable rock, you just need to get out there and find it. Oct 9, 2007
John Kelbel
Eldersburg, Maryland
John Kelbel   Eldersburg, Maryland
For Rock locations in Patapsco State Park and the west side of Baltimore check out patapscorock.blogspot.com Feb 24, 2010
Robin Close
Columbia, Maryland
Robin Close   Columbia, Maryland
If anyone's interested in checking out videos of Maryland bouldering, I've added a video page to my blog with links to all that I could find, with the exception of a few from areas with questionable access. To access the page, go to robinclose.blogspot.com and click on the "Maryland Bouldering Videos" tab at the top. I also post regularly about any climbing that I do, and have compiled a lot of Northwest Branch bouldering information under the "Northwest Branch" tab. Clicking on the names below the boulder photos will take you to pages with more information about the cliimbs on each. Mar 3, 2012
I'm new to the greater DC area and coming from the Southwest. I'm just curios if there is a reason there is no sport climbing in the area? Is there a local etiquette of not bolting and keeping it old school? Or has anyone just not done it? Or are there just not enough areas?

Thanks! Jul 23, 2017

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