Elevation: 1,291 ft
GPS: 39.649, -77.441 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Peterson on Dec 1, 2016 · Updates
Admins: Frances Fierst

Description

**January 2022 Access update for bouldering at Catoctin**

The Park requests that the following boulders be effectively closed to climbing:

  • Hog Rock trail area: Warfare/Knifewall and Chief Block/Gateway Fin 
  • Thurmont Vista area: Sudden/Smelted
  • Chimney Rock (only the Chimney Rock area itself – the Pyramid Boulder is outside the area of concern)

Mid Atlantic Climbers asks that the local climbing community respects this request in order to protect overall access to bouldering in the Park. See here for more info.

The Sudden Boulder is a prominent boulder just along the Blue Ridge Summit Overlook trail. It stands sentinel at the end of a low gully that starts by the north end of the Charcoal Exhibit parking area, and features moderate and harder boulder routes for the intrepid climber.

Getting There

From the Charcoal Exhibit parking area, follow the trail towards Thurmont Vista/Blue Ridge Summit. After a few hundred feet, the trail comes to a crossroads. Take the left fork of the trail towards the Blue Ridge Summit and follow for another few hundred feet. The Sudden Boulder will be on the left side of the trail and is quite noticeable.

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