Elevation: 255 ft
GPS: 39.323, -77.726 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: John Kelbel on Apr 23, 2012 · Updates
Admins: Frances Fierst
Access Issue: Frequent Peregrine Falcon Closures about Feb-July on MD Heights, Mandatory Sign in for Maryland Heights (not during Covid). Closed to climbing, VA crags, Jefferson rock, and all rocks along Shenandoah Street. Note: All parking is closed along Sandy Hook rd. Details

Description

The Harpers Ferry region includes cliffs in all 3 states MD, WV, and VA due to their close proximity to each other all the information is contained here under Maryland.

Here is the original historical guide to Harpers Ferry by Rob Savoye:

The Climbing ranges from multi-pitch trad, sport and top-roping areas to tons of excellent bouldering. Maryland Heights stands 200 feet tall and is the tallest cliff in central Maryland.  Most of the rock in the region is a hard quartzite providing good crack systems and positive edges on the faces.

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Harpers Ferry Climbing Blog

Indy's Underground Climbing Guide to Maryland

Getting There

Harpers Ferry is located 17 miles South-West of Fredrick Maryland on interstate 340 where it crosses the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. The individual cliffs should provide specific parking information. The Mark train and Amtrack both stop at Harpers Ferry.
All of the Harpers Ferry cliffs are located on National Park Land and some of the parking areas will include a $10 entry fee, however a year pass can be purchased for $30 at the visitor center. Also the annual National Park Pass can be used as well. The National pass cost $80 and has two signature spots so it can be shared with one other person and covers entrance fees for the owner and 3 accompanying adults into all National Parks.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Harper's Ferry

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 16
Orion's Belt
Boulder
V3 6A
 10
Dirty Hooker
Boulder
V3 6A
 14
BiCeption
Boulder
V3 6A
 16
Big Dipper
Boulder
V4 6B
 7
Stinger Arete
Boulder
V4 6B R
 5
The Iron Pickle
Boulder
V7 7A+
 3
Underground Railroad
Boulder
V7-8 7B
 4
Turbo Thrush
Boulder
A2 PG13
 4
Center Stage and All Alone
Trad, Aid
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 28
'D' Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 37
Hard Up Direct
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 18
Rags to Riches
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 15
Popeye's
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 4
Sign Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 19
Thumbsucker
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Orion's Belt Highlands
 16
V2 5+ Boulder
Dirty Hooker Balcony Rock Boulders
 10
V3 6A Boulder
BiCeption Balcony Rock Boulders
 14
V3 6A Boulder
Big Dipper Highlands
 16
V3 6A Boulder
Stinger Arete Highlands
 7
V4 6B Boulder
The Iron Pickle Highlands
 5
V4 6B R Boulder
Underground Railroad Underground Railroad…
 3
V7 7A+ Boulder
Turbo Thrush Balcony Rock Boulders
 4
V7-8 7B Boulder
Center Stage and All Alone Maryland Height… > Train Tunnel Wall
 4
A2 PG13 Trad, Aid
'D' Route Maryland Height… > Sign Wall
 28
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Hard Up Direct Maryland Height… > Sign Wall
 37
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Rags to Riches Skink Rock
 18
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Popeye's Balcony Rock
 15
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Sign Route Maryland Height… > Sign Wall
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Thumbsucker Balcony Jr.
 19
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
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