Elevation: 859 ft
GPS: 39.621, -77.433 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Peterson on Nov 6, 2016 with 4 Suggestions
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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

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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