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Elevation: 1,800 ft 549 m
GPS: 39.5583, -77.59862
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Description Suggest change

Annapolis Rock, a ca. 50 minute, 2 mile hike up the Appalachian Trail in the backcountry of the South Mountain Recreation Area (South Mountain State Park), is a terrific, short band of western facing cliffs 1800 feet above the Cumberland Valley and Greenbrier Lake near Frederick, MD. The rock is bullet-hard quartzite characterized by smooth bulges and long, horizontal fractures. It's a great Maryland area for TRing and Trad.

The single pitch climbs are often top roped. Long (50+ ft) webbing or static line will serve to anchor to the many boulders and trees atop the cliff. A few large to medium pieces of pro may be helpful for anchoring as well.

There is a backcountry camping area, a privy, and a spring (you might want to treat the water before drinking, or maybe not) on site. The camping area seems to be heavily used.

Getting There Suggest change

From Baltimore take I-70 West to Exit 42, Myersville (bear right off the ramp). Follow Route 17 through town; it takes a right. At the intersection of Route 40, go left onto Route 40. After about 3 miles you will see parking by the road and a sign for the Appalachian Trail. Park here. Put on your pack and hike the AT north (following signs and white blazes) for about 2 miles. You will see a sign for Annapolis Rock at a short side trail off to the left. You've arrived.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Annapolis Rock

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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 19
Pound of Obscure
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 27
Black Hole Sun
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 8
Great Adventure
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 37
Wall of Wander
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 46
White Arete
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
Face the Roof
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 25
Ounce of Perception
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 75
Black Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 27
Faints roof
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
The BattleField
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 8
The Dragon
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 6
Cynosure
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
 7
Blood and Pus
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Argonaut
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 6
Cynosure Direct
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pound of Obscure Faint's Roof
 19
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Black Hole Sun S End
 27
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Great Adventure PeeWee Tower
 8
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Wall of Wander Argo Rock
 37
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
White Arete S End
 46
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Face the Roof Faint's Roof
 11
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Ounce of Perception Faint's Roof
 25
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, TR
Black Crack S End
 75
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Faints roof Faint's Roof
 27
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The BattleField Argo Rock
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
The Dragon Sunset Wall
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Cynosure S End
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad, TR
Blood and Pus Faint's Roof
 7
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Trad, TR
Argonaut Argo Rock
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Cynosure Direct S End
 6
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
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