Elevation: 774 ft
GPS: 39.326, -77.725 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Conrad S. on Nov 29, 2012
Admins: Frances Fierst
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Access Issue: Mandatory Sign in for all outcrops. Closed West Virginia, Maryland Heights, Skink Rock, Stone Fort. Details

Description

This great cliff has face, slab, crack, dihedral, and roof climbing. It faces west and overlooks the town of Harpers Ferry from high on the ridge. In the summer it tends to be shaded until late in the day and a draft flows up the side of the mountain under the tree canopy resulting in a cooler climbing experience. Portions of the cliff grow a fine powdery lichen that will wear off with more traffic. The base of the cliff has a relatively flat staging area. The rock is good, the routes are fun.

Getting There

This cliff is best accessed from the top of Maryland Heights and the main overlook points. From the overlook you hike uphill and to the north (parallel the potomac, hiking in the upstream direction)

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Classic Climbing Routes at Skink Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
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Oh My Eyes!
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 15
Carpet Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 14
Rags to Riches
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Oh My Eyes!
 13
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport, TR
Carpet Crack
 15
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Rags to Riches
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
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Florian Muellerklein
Baltimore MD
Florian Muellerklein   Baltimore MD
I found some Evolv Defys size 12.5 last weekend on the trail leading to Skink rock. Aug 11, 2014
With your back to Harper's Ferry from the most popular overlook, Skink Rock is to your left. It is not that far from the overlook. Oct 12, 2014
Travis1  
Two large yellow jacket nests in August of 2017. Base of carpet crack and 6 foot left of rags to riches Aug 1, 2017
Travis1  
When hiking to over look from main trail, take red trail to overlook and around half way down the red trail take a small trail to the right where the main trail bends left. Rocks are down hill from small trail and the app has a map with location marked you can follow Aug 1, 2017