Elevation: 100 ft
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Shared By: franciscov Valenzuela on May 15, 2008 · Updates
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Description

A beautiful area in the Potomac River Gorge. The cliffs are about 60 feet high and made of hard, solid rock. The area is sunny and has lots of climbers and hikers. This is a major top rope climbing area with trees being the anchor norm. If you want a guidebook for great falls check out the PATC website and pick up a copy of A Climber's Guide to the Great Falls of the Potomac. If all else fails the VA/WV/MD Climbers guide by Horst is also a great guidebook for the area. A number of climbers that know this area well have mentioned that the rock is very suspect in some places. Others swear that it is completely bomber. There have been a number of incidents here regarding broken holds and gear pulling. This is a reminder that it is up to each individual climber to assess the quality of rock and to accept a level of risk that is appropriate for the person, and for the place. If you are preparing to belay from the bottom of a climb, before going check the water levels (on this government website designed a long time ago in a galaxy far far away) as many of the belay spots can get washed out as the river rises. The National Park Service suggests 4.5 feet and above may cover belay areas and down climbing access, but depends on the area. water.weather.gov/ahps2/hyd… 

Getting There

It's about 20 minutes up stream, and west of Washington DC in Great Falls Park.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Great Falls

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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 35
Sand Box Corner
TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 33
Snowflake
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 31
Great Beginnings
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 81
Romeo's Ladder
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 62
Splinters
TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 40
Cornice
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 32
Armbuster
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 48
Diagonal
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 42
Romeo's Left
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 30
Lunging Ledges
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 24
Two-Lane Highway
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Crank Up
Trad, TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 62
Lost Arrow
Trad, TR
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 6
M-80
Trad, TR
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 14
Entropy
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sand Box Corner Sandbox
 35
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c TR
Snowflake Seclusion
 33
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Great Beginnings Seclusion
 31
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Romeo's Ladder Romeo's Ladder
 81
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Splinters Aid Box
 62
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Cornice Cornice
 40
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Armbuster Bird's Nest
 32
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Diagonal Aid Box
 48
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Romeo's Left Romeo's Ladder
 42
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Lunging Ledges Romeo's Ladder
 30
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Two-Lane Highway Bird's Nest
 24
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Crank Up Cornice
 9
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Lost Arrow Aid Box
 62
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
M-80 Microdome
 6
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, TR
Entropy Romeo's Ladder
 14
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
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