Elevation: 1,800 ft
GPS: 39.558, -77.599 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

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

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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5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 16
Pound of Obscure
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 17
Black Hole Sun
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 35
White Arete
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Great Adventure
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
Wall of Wander
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 19
Ounce of Perception
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 56
Black Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 22
Faints roof
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
The BattleField
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 8
The Dragon
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 3
Cracked Earth
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 5
Cynosure
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Blood and Pus
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Argonaut
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
Cynosure Direct
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pound of Obscure Faint's Roof
 16
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad, TR
Black Hole Sun S End
 17
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
White Arete S End
 35
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Great Adventure PeeWee Tower
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Wall of Wander Argo Rock
 31
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Ounce of Perception Faint's Roof
 19
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, TR
Black Crack S End
 56
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Faints roof Faint's Roof
 22
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The BattleField Argo Rock
 10
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
Cracked Earth Faint's Roof
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, TR
Cynosure S End
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad, TR
Blood and Pus Faint's Roof
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Argonaut Argo Rock
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Cynosure Direct S End
 4
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
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