Elevation: 1,286 ft
GPS: 38.942, -78.302 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Keegan Dimmick on Apr 30, 2008 · Updates
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath

Description

Buzzard Rocks makes for a great day or weekend adventure. The cliff faces West and you get full exposure to the valley below. If you're going to climb in the summer, mornings are the best suggestion. The face will stay cool for you until early afternoon. If you're going to climb in the winter you need to stick with afternoons and evenings. The great exposure to the sun will keep you warm and keep you climbing. There are around 25 registered routes, nothing that goes above 5.10. That makes this a great area for new leaders and weekend warriors. Bring a light rack and set of quick draws. Most climbs are bolted with a few exceptions. Bring your own water, it will be a long walk back to the car if you run out.

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Getting There

From the East-

Take I-66 West to Route 55 West towards Front Royal. Stay on 55 West until the town of Waterlick. Turn left onto Powells Fort Road (Route 678). Drive about 1.2 miles on 678 then turn left onto Mountain Road (Route 619). You'll pass a fish hatchery. Stay on the road for 1.2 miles. You'll come to a Buzzard Rock trailhead parking lot on the right. Pay attention cause it's easy to miss. After parking follow the hiker sign and begin the two mile hike to Buzzard Rock. Follow the white trail blaze.

When you reach the top of the ridge (about 1.8 miles from the parking lot and maybe 100 meters before a prominent rock outcropping immediately abutting the right side of the trail), there is a trail that descends to the right. This is the cliff base trail. It isn't well defined, but it is very easy to follow. If you miss the trail you can rap down to it from any number of trees on the ridge.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Buzzard Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 60
Failure to Communicate
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 82
Raising Arizona
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 25
Unknown 1
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 27
Kimberly
Trad, Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 47
Anonymous Flake Right
Trad, TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 66
Ass Cannibal
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 35
Half and Half
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 70
Melungian Brotherhood
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 71
Pulp Friction
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 48
The Bulge
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
Adam Kopley Memorial Route
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Like a Hurricane
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 8
Anonymous Flake - Left Variation
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Cortez the Killer
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 5
Anonymous Flake Direct
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Failure to Communicate
 60
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Raising Arizona
 82
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Unknown 1
 25
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Kimberly
 27
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Anonymous Flake Right
 47
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, TR
Ass Cannibal
 66
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Half and Half
 35
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Melungian Brotherhood
 70
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pulp Friction
 71
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
The Bulge
 48
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Adam Kopley Memorial Route
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Like a Hurricane
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Anonymous Flake - Left Vari…
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Cortez the Killer
 4
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Anonymous Flake Direct
 5
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
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