Elevation: 989 ft
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Shared By: Luke Douglas on Jun 12, 2009 with improvements by Burton Rosenberger
Admins: Frances Fierst
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Access Issue: This area is closed to public use during March 1-August 1 to protect nesting Peregrine Falcons. Details


Outside of a redneck throwing an old TV down the cliff you are likely to be at this beautiful cliff alone. This area gets all day sun unless of course it is raining which seems to be quite a lot. At about 3/4 of a mile in length and up to several hundred feet high this rock face is home to many adventurous routes. Routes run from 1 pitch 5.easy to 2 and 3 pitch 5.10+. Bolts are non existent and route finding skills will definitely be called on. The crux of these climbs for many climbers will be locating the routes from the trail. The thick foliage can be very disorienting. Walk-offs and not raps are the order of operation at this place.

If you want to clip bolts check out Locust Grove about 1 mile from The Narrows.

Please bring a garbage bag and help us keep this area clean. It is treated as a garbage dump by some of the locals.

You will be climbing above Will's Creek all day and it has great fishing, as well as, some sweet swimming holes!

Mark "Indy" Kochte has produced several quality Maryland area guide books as well as an on line guide. This on line guide will be immensely helpful for climbing at the Narrows. indy-adventures.net/climbin…

Parking note. I have had no problem using on street parking in the area. The end of Columbia street has plenty of parking and is only about a 100 meter walk to the trail head. Don't park on red lines and avoid the immediate church area on Sundays. Say hi to the locals and tell them what you are up to. They will be interested and being friendly can only help our access.

Getting There

Indy says it better than I can.
Take a look at the crag overview I will attach to this page as it contains a few corrections.

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David Carrier
White Salmon, WA
David Carrier   White Salmon, WA
Fun place to climb- the rock quality is a lot like Annapolis Rocks, and there's tremendous variety. The cliff faces southwest so it's very hot in the summer. We had trouble finding the crag- here are more specific directions:

From I-68, take the downtown exit and head north on either Queen City Drive or Center St. Continue northwest on Center St. (one-way) to the other side of town and turn right on Franklin St. Follow this up the hill and take a left on Forest Lane. When you get to Piedmont Ave., turn right and park. To get back to I-68, take Franklin St. down to Mechanic St. (one-way).

Walk up Wills Mtn. Rd. to the first switchback. Go straight ahead on the trail instead of following the road to the right, and this will take you directly to the top of the cliff. It's a 30 minute hike from the car to Lover's Leap. We found it easiest to set up topropes here and rappel down to the bottom. Sep 22, 2015
Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
Burton Rosenberger   Woodbridge, va
Approach on close wall. When I get out to the far walls I will make a video for it as well.

youtube.com/watch?v=OCYUhYZ… Aug 7, 2017
I could careless, but it should probably be noted that there are some climbs listed on here as FA's that were done by myself and others in the early 2000's. Memory has faded on the details.
Cool climbing area and im sure we weren't the first. Aug 8, 2017
Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
Burton Rosenberger   Woodbridge, va
Greg, good to see one of the original climbers to this region commenting here.

I believe most people are crediting the FFA's using Mark 'Indy' Kochte's guide found here: indy-adventures.net/climbin…

I have only added two routes having just climbed them myself and credited the FFA's for both based on what was found in Indy's guide; School house rock, and the howling.

You might have luck contacting the person who added the routes in question (I think Mike Phillips added most of them) and Indy to get the information updated for FFA's.

Do you remember which you have FFA's on and when you did them? I would like to see a list myself if you wouldn't mind posting one here :D Aug 8, 2017
Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
Burton Rosenberger   Woodbridge, va
Can someone link the source for the closure information ? Apr 23, 2018
@Burton: Non-authoritative, but this indicates closure is 2018-02-01 through 2018-07-31: groups.google.com/forum/#!m… Jun 1, 2018
Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
Burton Rosenberger   Woodbridge, va
Thank you to whoever remarked the trail markers leading up to the front porch :D As they are now it would be hard to get off trail assuming people entered at the right location. Aug 4, 2018
Hello - I am a volunteer with the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources who has been helping the DNR and the USFWS monitor the pair of peregrine falcons that has been nesting on this cliff at least the past two years.

I have informed Frances Fierst and Nick Wilder, but I also wanted to post a note here letting readers know that the temporary, partial closure of the cliff that was instituted to protect the falcons has been lifted.

Also, I noticed that Burton posed a question about the source for the closure information, and Ham Burgaler responded with a link to a Google Groups post with a photo of some closure signs. FYI, that closure was not of this Narrows cliff but another one in Pennsylvania (if you look closely at one of the yellow signs in that photo, you can see it was posted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.).

I will be helping the DNR and USFWS inform the climbing community of future closures for the falcons, and I will do my best to get the word out as quickly and effectively as possible on this site, with Mid-Atlantic Climbers, and others. If anyone has any questions about the closure, feel free to contact me directly at matthewolear@msn.com.

Lastly, FYI, the falcons successfully fledged two chicks this year - the first peregrines known to fledge from a natural site in this state in nearly 70 years. Thanks very much to all of you for helping make that milestone possible.

Matt Aug 22, 2018
Greg Miller, are you still out there? If so, would you ping me at indy.kochte@gmail.com? I would be interested in chatting with you about some of your FA experiences/routes and correlate them to the current information I have on hand. Most of the FA information I have from early on dates 2002-2003. The earliest FA info I have dates back to 1998. Sep 20, 2018
Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
Burton Rosenberger   Woodbridge, va
Updated the two mini topo maps I have been creating for the crag to indicate newly placed glue in wave bolt anchors (5)
These can be found at kiddie land corner just to left at top of the climbs there, After Hours (look for cairn at top of trail following cliff to find it if you don't know where this tops out ... you can likely double rope rap from here or just single rope rap down to unexpected party's large ledge), 10-foot tackle / mildly wild (obvious when you top out .. suggest rapping down 10-foot tackle and if you opt to rap down mildly wild throw to climbers right just of the arete there and good luck), School House Rock (when topping out look to climbers right near the VDWTFT face finish) ... could likely double rope rap to base right of HYY (sticker bushes right now) or single rope rap to Howling ledge while avoiding that stupid tree in your butt and getting rope stuck on the V flakes there, and placed two new anchor sets at Jim Pick since replacing the one bad bolt wasn't an option.

Because of these additions the mini maps were needing updates and I updated the rap station key to better reflect the information found on them.

There are plans to add at least another 6 rap stations in the near future. Sisters rap station's tat was just replaced with green tat but it will be bolted next time I can get up there for a couple of days. If you wish to contribute to efforts or adding anchor stations to the crag look me up on facebook and I will add you to the stewards of lovers leap group. Jan 4, 2019