Elevation: 220 ft
GPS: 39.03, -77.004 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Kristan Markey on Nov 16, 2012 · Updates
Admins: Frances Fierst

Description

Collection of 100 boulder problems in a wooded area of the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River just minutes north of DC. Watch for families hiking through on the weekends.

Topos available at:

http://mdguides.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/nwb-guide-draft.pdf (newer)

http://www.drtopo.com/submitted/nwbranch.pdf

A new digital guidebook written by Dana Miller details 122 boulder problems with hi-res photos, maps, and GPS.

Getting There

Drive to exit 30 on the Capital Beltway (495). Head north on Colesville Rd/Columbia Pike (Route 29).
Drive 1.4 miles on Route 29. Parking lot for the Northwest Branch will be on the right. If you get to the Citgo/Trader Joe's/California Tortilia (Lockwood Plaza)x, you've gone too far.
Follow the trail at the parking lot

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Classic Climbing Routes at Northwest Branch

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 31
Don't Fall Right
Boulder
V1 5
 28
Center Face
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 41
Snowflake
Boulder
V3 6A
 23
Center Face
Boulder
V4 6B
 19
Snowflake Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B
 3
What's Golden Stand
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 10
Crimptastic
Boulder
V5 6C
 28
the TRAVERSE
Boulder
V5 6C
 25
Nice Slot
Boulder
V5 6C
 3
What's Golden Sit
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 5
Anklebiter Far Left
Boulder
V6 7A
 6
The Business
Boulder
V6 7A
 5
Nice Slot Sit Start
Boulder
V7 7A+
 15
Secret Garden
Boulder
V10 7C+
 9
Ultimate Doom
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Don't Fall Right N Bank - Chaos… > Upstream Slab
 31
V0 4 Boulder
Center Face N Bank - Tulip Area
 28
V1 5 Boulder
Snowflake N Bank - Chaos… > Downstream Slab AKA S…
 41
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Center Face N Bank - Chaos… > Upstream Slab
 23
V3 6A Boulder
Snowflake Traverse N Bank - Chaos… > Downstream Slab AKA S…
 19
V4 6B Boulder
What's Golden Stand Long Wall
 3
V4 6B Boulder
Crimptastic S Bank - Roof Area
 10
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
the TRAVERSE S Bank - Tick Area
 28
V5 6C Boulder
Nice Slot S Bank - Pipeline Area
 25
V5 6C Boulder
What's Golden Sit Long Wall
 3
V5 6C Boulder
Anklebiter Far Left N Bank - Anklebiter B…
 5
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
The Business S Bank - Roof Area
 6
V6 7A Boulder
Nice Slot Sit Start S Bank - Pipeline Area
 5
V6 7A Boulder
Secret Garden S Bank - Pipeline Area
 15
V7 7A+ Boulder
Ultimate Doom N Bank - Chaos… > Chaos Roof
 9
V10 7C+ Boulder
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