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 with 3 Suggestions
Admins: Frances Fierst
Access Issue: Frequent Peregrine Falcon Closures about Feb-July on MD Heights,  Mandatory Sign in for Maryland Heights. WV and VA crags are Closed to climbing. Details

Description

CLOSED AREAS everything in West Virginia and Virginia - Here is Mid Atlantic Climbers Campaign to get things reopened.
OPEN... AREAS everything in Maryland, Maryland Heights, Skink rock and all other areas in MD our open since August 25 2019.
Please respect falcon closures which commonly occur from Feb 15 - July 31.

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. It is REQUIRED to sign in at the ranger's information station to climb or boulder on any outcrop, this is new since spring 2018.  Most of the rock in the region is a hard quartzite providing good crack systems and positive edges on the faces.

Contributing Web Sights
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.
V1 5
 14
Little Dipper
Boulder
V2 5+
 14
Orion's Belt
Boulder
V3 6A
 11
BiCeption
Boulder
V3 6A
 14
Big Dipper
Boulder
V4- 6B
 8
Dirty Hooker
Boulder
V4 6B
 5
Stinger Arete
Boulder
V4 6B R
 5
The Iron Pickle
Boulder
V7 7A+
 3
Underground Railroad
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 34
Hard Up Direct
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 17
Rags to Riches
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Popeye's
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 4
Sign Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 9
Salty Dog Saloon
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 19
Potomac Power Plant Pump
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Sweet Piss
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Little Dipper Highlands
 14
V1 5 Boulder
Orion's Belt Highlands
 14
V2 5+ Boulder
BiCeption Balcony Rock Boulders
 11
V3 6A Boulder
Big Dipper Highlands
 14
V3 6A Boulder
Dirty Hooker Balcony Rock Boulders
 8
V4- 6B Boulder
Stinger Arete Highlands
 5
V4 6B Boulder
The Iron Pickle Highlands
 5
V4 6B R Boulder
Underground Railroad Underground Railroad…
 3
V7 7A+ Boulder
Hard Up Direct Maryland Height… > Sign Wall
 34
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Rags to Riches Skink Rock
 17
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Popeye's Balcony Rock
 14
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
Salty Dog Saloon Balcony Jr.
 9
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Potomac Power Plant Pump Balcony Jr.
 19
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Sweet Piss Maryland Height… > Sport & Transept
 5
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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