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Areas in Harper's Ferry

340 Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Balcony Jr. 10 / 4 / 13 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Balcony Rock 10 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Balcony Rock Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 25 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
Bug Valley 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Chestnut Hill 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Giggling Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Grassy Knoll Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Highlands 0 / 0 / 1 / 39 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 40
Jefferson Rock 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Land of First Light 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Loudon Heights 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Maryland Heights, MD 49 / 7 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 59
Outlying Area 1 / 0 / 1 / 21 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
River Wall 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Shenandoah Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Shenandoah St 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Skink Rock 2 / 1 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Stone Fort Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Tiers, The 2 / 0 / 2 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28
Underground Railroad Overhang 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Upper Potomac Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Elevation: 256 ft
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Description [Suggest Change]

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: welcomehome.org/rob/guides/…

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 on Maryland Heights. None of the other areas require a sign in. 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 [Suggest Change]

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
 11
Little Dipper
Boulder
V1-2 5
 5
Blubber Shuffle
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 11
Orion's Belt
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 10
Big Dipper
Boulder
V4- 6B
 6
Dirty Hooker
Boulder
V4- 6B R
 4
The Iron Pickle
Boulder
V4 6B
 4
Stinger Arete
Boulder
A2 PG13
 4
Center Stage and All Alone
Trad, Aid
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 22
'D' Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 29
Hard Up Direct
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 14
Rags to Riches
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 3
Sign Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Salty Dog Saloon
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 15
Potomac Power Plant Pump
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Sweet Piss
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Little Dipper Highlands
 11
V1 5 Boulder
Blubber Shuffle Highlands
 5
V1-2 5 Boulder
Orion's Belt Highlands
 11
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Big Dipper Highlands
 10
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Dirty Hooker Balcony Rock Boulders
 6
V4- 6B Boulder
The Iron Pickle Highlands
 4
V4- 6B R Boulder
Stinger Arete Highlands
 4
V4 6B Boulder
Center Stage and All Alone Maryland Height… > Train Tunnel Wall
 4
A2 PG13 Trad, Aid
'D' Route Maryland Height… > Sign Wall
 22
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Hard Up Direct Maryland Height… > Sign Wall
 29
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Rags to Riches Skink Rock
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Sign Route Maryland Height… > Sign Wall
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Salty Dog Saloon Balcony Jr.
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Potomac Power Plant Pump Balcony Jr.
 15
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Sweet Piss Maryland Height… > Sport and Transept
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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Chris Irwin
Silver Spring, Maryland
Chris Irwin   Silver Spring, Maryland
The park has temporarily closed the Sign Wall and the Gully the the public effective April 10th, 2015- August 15, 2015 due to nesting Peregrin Falcons.
midatlanticclimbers.org/new… Apr 10, 2015
Use the below links to access some videos of bouldering in Harpers Ferry.
vimeo.com/12026104
vimeo.com/19746145
vimeo.com/32724355
vimeo.com/34921932
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXrIp0_eq0Q&feature=plcp" Sep 24, 2015
Torren
Newark, DE
Torren   Newark, DE
Parking Beta:

Update 02/20/2016

The former "Cindy Dee" carpool lot is maybe a parking option again. It now looks like the restaurant is closed again (for lease sign in the window). They removed the no parking/towing signs too that were there when the Lowry's restaurant was open a few months ago.

Any locals know more about that lot situation? The bus turnaround is a mess since the two "spots" are currently big dirt/ice piles from plowing. There is basically only one big spot (suv/truck) or two small car spots on the good side of the no parking sign. Nov 16, 2015
IanHall  
More parking beta

If you are sketched out by parking in town like me, drive past the town on Sandy Hook Rd., past the school bus turnaround and park at the small roadside parking by the NPS trail. Cross the road to the towpath by the river and walk back, with the river to your right.

Stop when you reach the turn at Lock 33, directly beneath the bridge that crosses to Harper's Ferry WV and under Maryland Heights. You can cross up to the road on stone steps and walk the road under the railroad tracks, continuing around to Elk Ridge using the road. Be careful crossing under the tracks because the road narrows to one lane. This method is also good for accessing the Maryland Heights routes. Dec 17, 2016
johnva
ALEXANDRIA
johnva   ALEXANDRIA
I heard that parts of Harper's Ferry were closed due to nesting,

What areas are closed and what are open. Mar 5, 2017
Lex Rodgers
Martinsburg, WV
Lex Rodgers   Martinsburg, WV
Parking Update: officers are ticketing anyone that parks in the school bus turnaround even on weekends.
New Trail: there is an EMS access trail that runs from the school bus turnaround to the top of balcony and finally to Balcony Jr. It is well developed and makes the hike to jr much gentler. However, I believe it's also one reason why they are enforcing parking restrictions more strickly.

Trying parking under/around the bridge on sandy hook or at the MARC station in town and walk the foot bridge over the river. Mar 25, 2017
The Gully, Sign Wall, and ABC ramps are currently closed and are expected to remain closed until August of 2017. You can find further information at the following link:
nps.gov/hafe/learn/manageme… Mar 27, 2017
2017 Falcon closures have been lifted: nps.gov/hafe/learn/manageme… Jul 15, 2017

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