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Elevation: 100 ft 30 m
GPS: 38.9923, -77.249
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Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 56
Sand Box Corner
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 108
Romeo's Ladder
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 49
Cornice
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 55
Romeo's Left
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 44
Lunging Ledges
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 34
Two-Lane Highway
TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 17
Strong Finish
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Crank Up
Trad, TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 80
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
 16
Entropy
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 28
Terrapin Station
Trad, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 13
Ender
Trad, TR
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 12
P.V.O (Potomac Valley Overhang)
TR
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 10
Monkey Fingers
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sand Box Corner Sandbox
 56
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c TR
Romeo's Ladder Romeo's Ladder
 108
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Cornice Cornice
 49
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Romeo's Left Romeo's Ladder
 55
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Lunging Ledges Romeo's Ladder
 44
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Two-Lane Highway Bird's Nest
 34
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Strong Finish Seclusion
 17
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b TR
Crank Up Cornice
 11
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Lost Arrow Aid Box
 80
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
 16
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Terrapin Station Aid Box
 28
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
Ender Dihedrals
 13
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, TR
P.V.O (Potomac Valley Overh… Aid Box
 12
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a TR
Monkey Fingers Aid Box
 10
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a TR
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