Elevation: 100 ft
GPS: 38.9923, -77.249
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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
 44
Sand Box Corner
TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 40
Snowflake
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 40
Great Beginnings
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 97
Romeo's Ladder
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 67
Splinters
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 34
Bird's Nest
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 45
Cornice
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 39
Armbuster
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 58
Diagonal
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 49
Romeo's Left
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 38
Lunging Ledges
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
Two-Lane Highway
TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 71
Lost Arrow
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 22
One Lane Highway
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 22
Terrapin Station
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sand Box Corner Sandbox
 44
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c TR
Snowflake Seclusion
 40
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Great Beginnings Seclusion
 40
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Romeo's Ladder Romeo's Ladder
 97
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Splinters Aid Box
 67
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Bird's Nest Bird's Nest
 34
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Cornice Cornice
 45
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Armbuster Bird's Nest
 39
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Diagonal Aid Box
 58
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Romeo's Left Romeo's Ladder
 49
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Lunging Ledges Romeo's Ladder
 38
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Two-Lane Highway Bird's Nest
 31
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Lost Arrow Aid Box
 71
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
One Lane Highway Bird's Nest
 22
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Terrapin Station Aid Box
 22
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
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