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 with updates from Ryan Kent and 2 others
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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.

Check out these awesome webpages for more area info!
PATC-MS Buzzard Rocks
http://rakkup.com/guidebooks/elizabeth-furnace-rock-climbing/

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 will pass a fish hatchery. Stay on the road for 1.2 miles. You will 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, 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.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 16
Three Amigos Double Direct
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 47
Failure to Communicate
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 60
Raising Arizona
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 23
Kimberly
Trad, Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Unknown 1
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 33
Anonymous Flake Right
Trad, TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 23
Half and Half
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
Prajapati
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Buzzard Guts
Trad 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 49
Melungian Brotherhood
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 50
Ass Cannibal
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 52
Pulp Friction
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 32
The Bulge
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Adam Kopley Memorial Route
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 3
Anonymous Flake - Left Variation
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Three Amigos Double Direct
 16
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Failure to Communicate
 47
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Raising Arizona
 60
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Kimberly
 23
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Unknown 1
 18
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Anonymous Flake Right
 33
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, TR
Half and Half
 23
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Prajapati
 11
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Buzzard Guts
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Melungian Brotherhood
 49
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Ass Cannibal
 50
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Pulp Friction
 52
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
The Bulge
 32
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Adam Kopley Memorial Route
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Anonymous Flake - Left Vari…
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad
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Mike Mu.
hagerstown
Mike Mu.   hagerstown
I hiked up there for the first time yesterday-awesome crag with a lot of potential for additional routes, both Trad/sport/mixed. A note about the base trail-once you make the big turn at the North facing overlook just continue up the ridge. Go about 4-500 yards and keep an eye out on the right for the view to clear--up until this point it has just been trees and hilly terrain. When the right side of the hill begins to drop away, then you have reached the first climbable rock. You will see the trail drop down on the right of it. Follow this a short way down hill where you will see the right facing corner which is the route '3 Amigos'. Just to the right of it is a lone bolt on the slab-This is a 5.8 unknown route. Don't know about the left-facing corner just beside this. To the right of this is pulp friction. Saw a bald eagle on the approach up, all in all a great day! Mar 1, 2009
robpierson
Washington, DC
robpierson   Washington, DC
More info on the routes can be found atblackburn-tree.org/buzzardrock Sep 30, 2012
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Awesome site, I'm going to add this to the top page if that's alright. Sep 30, 2012
Brian Marsh
Carbondale, CO
Brian Marsh   Carbondale, CO
a wealth of information on the area can be found here as well...
potomacmountainclub.org/con…
there are several more additional routes routes listed. Jun 23, 2013
Adam Marcus
Salt Lake City, UT
Adam Marcus   Salt Lake City, UT
The URL for the PATC-MS info page has changed. The new URL is potomacmountainclub.org/buz…

GPS coordinates for the trailhead parking lot are 38.93773, -78.28855. The parking lot can be crowded on weekends and a vehicle with low clearance may have a hard time getting up the small hill to the "upper" section of the lot. The lot only holds 10-15 vehicles and since this is a popular hike (see below), it can fill up. Commenters on the page below reported getting their cars towed when the parked along Mountain Rd. If the lot is full when you arrive and you don't want to wait for a spot, you could always climb at Talking Headwall, a.k.a. Roadside Crag, which is maybe a 10 minute drive (though it has an even smaller parking lot).

There's a great topo, photos, and written instructions for the approach hike at hikingupward.com/gwnf/buzza… Apr 6, 2014
SqueegeeJoe Scoresby
Manassas, VA
SqueegeeJoe Scoresby   Manassas, VA
It looks like the blackburn-tree.org link for this site doesn't work anymore. Does anyone know where it went? May 27, 2015
Neither of the links mentioned above in the introduction lead to active pages:

"Check out these awesome webpages for more area info!

blackburn-tree.org/buzzardrock...

potomacmountainclub.org/conten..."

I don't know any more about the first one, but the correct link for information from the PATC appears to be

potomacmountainclub.org/buz… Mar 7, 2017
Francisco Fuentes
Manassas, Va
Francisco Fuentes   Manassas, Va
Hello all, I just wanted to say the new rakkup guide is now available. All beta is downloaded to the in phone app. Access all the routes, topos, trails & waypoint navigation off your phone. Once downloaded no service is required, so you can have the beta while out of cell service range.

rakkup.com/guidebooks/eliza… Apr 28, 2017