Elevation: 100 ft
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Shared By: franciscov on May 15, 2008 with improvements by Alex Ivanov and 2 others
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones

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
 30
Sand Box Corner
TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 28
Snowflake
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 25
Great Beginnings
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 68
Romeo's Ladder
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 56
Splinters
TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 31
Cornice
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 26
Armbuster
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 45
Diagonal
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 33
Romeo's Left
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 24
Lunging Ledges
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
B-52
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 17
Two-Lane Highway
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Crank Up
Trad, TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 55
Lost Arrow
Trad, TR
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 3
Middle of the Road
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sand Box Corner Sandbox
 30
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c TR
Snowflake Seclusion
 28
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Great Beginnings Seclusion
 25
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Romeo's Ladder Romeo's Ladder
 68
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Splinters Aid Box
 56
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Cornice Cornice
 31
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Armbuster Bird's Nest
 26
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Diagonal Aid Box
 45
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Romeo's Left Romeo's Ladder
 33
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Lunging Ledges Romeo's Ladder
 24
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
B-52 Microdome
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Two-Lane Highway Bird's Nest
 17
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Crank Up Cornice
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Lost Arrow Aid Box
 55
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Middle of the Road Bird's Nest
 3
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a TR
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