Elevation: 106 ft
GPS: 38.976, -77.207 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Brian Malone on Apr 9, 2019 with 9 Suggestions
Admins: Frances Fierst

Description

Upstream end of Carderock near the Vaso Island Crossing. A major bend in the river has exposed resilient blunt faces of shist. Less visited than the rest of Carderock, Outlook Rocks is a good place to get away from the crowds and onto less traveled rock.  Adventure top roping and bouldering on decent, short lines is name of the game.  As the rocks rise of out of the river, access is more difficult, isolating the sub-sectors.  Check out the open face of Nose that Blows, the moderate corner of Jackknife or the hard boulders around Stannard’s Playground. A quiet place on the river.

Getting There

100 meters SW of Herbie’s Horror and Jungle Cliffs. Cross small seasonal drainage heading toward and upstream on the Potomac River.

135 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Outlook Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 33
Beginner's Crack
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 45
Easy Layback
TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 32
Nubbin (Nubble) Face
TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 36
Trudie's Terror
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 43
Jan's Face
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 43
Sterling's Crack
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 30
Triple A
TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
Flutterby
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
Herbie's Horror
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 30
Butterfly
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 21
Green Bucket
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 20
Fingernail
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 20
The Flake
TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 5
Elsie's Nose
TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 11
Buckets of Blood Arete
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Beginner's Crack
 33
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad, TR
Easy Layback
 45
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c TR
Nubbin (Nubble) Face
 32
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a TR
Trudie's Terror
 36
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Jan's Face
 43
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Sterling's Crack
 43
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Triple A
 30
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Flutterby
 24
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Herbie's Horror
 31
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Butterfly
 30
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Green Bucket
 21
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Fingernail
 20
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
The Flake
 20
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Elsie's Nose
 5
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b TR
Buckets of Blood Arete
 11
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c TR
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