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Annapolis Rock Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: vfv on Apr 17, 2010  with updates from Andrew G
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Description 

Annapolis Rock, a ca. 50 minute, 2 mile hike up the Appalachian Trail in the backcountry of the South Mountain Recreation Area (South Mountain State Park), is a terrific, short band of western facing cliffs 1800 feet above the Cumberland Valley and Greenbrier Lake near Frederick, MD. The rock is bullet-hard quartzite characterized by smooth bulges and long, horizontal fractures. It's a great Maryland area for TRing and Trad.

The single pitch climbs are often top roped. Long (50+ ft) webbing or static line will serve to anchor to the many boulders and trees atop the cliff. A few large to medium pieces of pro may be helpful for anchoring as well.

There is a backcountry camping area, a privy, and a spring (you might want to treat the water before drinking, or maybe not) on site. The camping area seems to be heavily used.

Getting There 

From Baltimore take I-70 West to Exit 42, Myersville (bear right off the ramp). Follow Route 17 through town; it takes a right. At the intersection of Route 40, go left onto Route 40. After about 3 miles you will see parking by the road and a sign for the Appalachian Trail. Park here. Put on your pack and hike the AT north (following signs and white blazes) for about 2 miles. You will see a sign for Annapolis Rock at a short side trail off to the left. You've arrived.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.4 miles from here

31 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Annapolis Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Annapolis Rock:
Pound of Obscure   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, TR   Faint's Roof
Blondes Just Wanna Have Fin   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR   Fin Rock
Black Hole Sun   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   The South End
Trantor   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Sunset Wall
Part Man, Part Monkey   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   Fin Rock
White Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   The South End
Wall of Wander   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Argo Rock
Face the Roof   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 40'   Faint's Roof
Ounce of Perception   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 75'   Faint's Roof
Black Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The South End
Faints roof   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Faint's Roof
The BattleField   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 30'   Argo Rock
Argonaut   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Argo Rock
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Rock Climbing Photo: Topo Map
BETA PHOTO: Topo Map
Rock Climbing Photo: Annapolis Rocks Map (Sat Img)
BETA PHOTO: Annapolis Rocks Map (Sat Img)
Rock Climbing Photo: Instructing a rappel for a client at Annapolis Roc...
Instructing a rappel for a client at Annapolis Roc...
Rock Climbing Photo: A great quickish escape from DC.
A great quickish escape from DC.
Rock Climbing Photo: The top of the cliff band at the end of the access...
BETA PHOTO: The top of the cliff band at the end of the access...
Rock Climbing Photo: Weverton Formation Quartzite with smooth bulges an...
BETA PHOTO: Weverton Formation Quartzite with smooth bulges an...
Rock Climbing Photo: Backcountry camping at Annapolis Rock.
BETA PHOTO: Backcountry camping at Annapolis Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: The mouldering privy.  Just like home.
BETA PHOTO: The mouldering privy. Just like home.
Rock Climbing Photo: After 2.2 miles on the AT, take the short access t...
BETA PHOTO: After 2.2 miles on the AT, take the short access t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Follow the signs along the AT to Annapolis Rock.
BETA PHOTO: Follow the signs along the AT to Annapolis Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Follow the signs along the AT to Annapolis Rock
BETA PHOTO: Follow the signs along the AT to Annapolis Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Parking off of Rt 40 at the beginning of the 2 mil...
BETA PHOTO: Parking off of Rt 40 at the beginning of the 2 mil...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the top of Annapolis Rocks
View from the top of Annapolis Rocks

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By Samuel Cocchia
From: Philadelphia, PA
Mar 30, 2017
Anyone know how quickly this place dries out? Am hoping to go this weekend, but lots of rain coming down tomorrow.

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