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Areas in White Oak Canyon

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Elevation: 1,500 ft
GPS: 38.623, -78.314 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Dallas Branum on Apr 11, 2014
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones
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Description

  • **This is a work in progress. If anyone knows the proper names for any of these routes, or who made the FAs, I'm happy to include them.

White Oak Canyon is best known for the hordes of DC hikers that swarm the trail year round. What isn't as well known is that the area has incredible potential for trad, ice, and mixed climbing!

Jeff Watson's Virginia Climber's Guide boasts White Oak Canyon as the best undeveloped climbing in the state. Undeveloped is certainly the right word! You'll find no shortage of loose blocks, and the occasional choss, but you'll be surprised by the amount of good rock to be found as well! There are numerous crags to explore ranging from 40' - 100', as well as dozens of boulders to work.

For hiking info, check here: hikingupward.com/snp/whiteoak/

Getting There

You can hike in from Shenandoah by parking at the trail head at mile marker 42.6 on Skyline Drive. It's a ~2 mile approach to the base of the upper falls, where the first good crag is.

Alternatively, you can hike in from below via the parking lot off of Berry Hollow Rd. This makes a longer approach to the good climbing though. (38.539489, -78.349186)

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Classic Climbing Routes at White Oak Canyon

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Elbows Deep
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Elbows Deep Upper Falls Wall
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
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Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Thanks for adding the area, this sounds like an awesome location! Any access issues or concerns? Great stuff! Apr 13, 2014
Dallas Branum
Denver, CO
Dallas Branum   Denver, CO
There are no access issues here, though it does lie within the SNP, so a park pass or day use fee is required to park at either trail head. There is no camping allowed at the base of the wall, and a prominent sign states so. Apr 14, 2014
Jonsie  
Wow...forgot about this place! I remember toproping/bouldering in White Oak with my little brother and some high school buddies back in 1994/5 or so. Really cool area and we had the whole place to ourselves for days! Not to mention Old Rag right across the way. Aug 14, 2014

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