White Oak Canyon Rock Climbing
|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, Jake Jones, Shawn Heath|
- **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 ThereYou 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)
Classic Climbing Routes at White Oak Canyon
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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