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Description

The Gateway Boulders are a series of low faces, prows, and boulders along the Gateway Trail of Catoctin Mountain Park.

Most of the climbs are low enough to be considered boulder problems, with overhangs and slab faces constituting the majority of the terrain. Many rocks and seemingly obvious lines exist here with few recorded ascents.

Getting There

The shortest approach to the Gateway Trail Boulders involves a bit of bushwhacking on an old trail. Go the Crow's Nest Campground on Foxville Road (Rt 77) just past the Lewis Area and "Welcome to Catoctin Mountain Park" sign there is the Crow's Nest campground (a loosely-run campground with monthly rents) but all the way in the back via unmarked gravel trails are some campsites and picnic areas right by the creek and the road. Park here, and follow a seldom-used trail to the main Gateway Trail, about 150 meters or so. The first outcroppings of rock are obvious.

Climbers may park at the Lewis Property parking lot on Foxville Road (Rt 77) and follow the Gateway Trail for approximately 1 mile to the main crag. The parking lot is right by the main Catoctin Mountain Park sign and just before the Crow's Nest campground. This approach will bring you to the upper reaches of the outcroppings, with opportunities to traverse along the upper slope to higher problems and those deeper in the woods. Bushwhack where the trail becomes a steep downhill.

An alternate approach is slightly longer. Park at the Park Headquarters and hike east along the creek. You'll pass some of the lowest faces on this route, and the main body of rock will be right where the path turns sharply uphill.

Another option is to park along route 77/Foxville road. There are several 1-2 car parking spots along the road right by the crag (which is visible from the road). Park and hop over Hunting Creek to access the climbing area.

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I climbed the line just to the right of Walk into the Sky yesterday. It's maybe V4/5 R and climbs a line some small, sharp crimps starting from a large horizontal break and an obvious righthand just sidepull above it. The landing is horrible and the rock definitely 'needs some cleaning.' If no one lays claim I'll post a new line this week. Jan 21, 2018

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