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Adam Kopley Memorial Route T 
Anonymous Flake Right T,TR 
Arêtetrifying S 
Arêtetrifying Right T 
Ass Cannibal T 
Bulge, The S 
Buzzard Guts T 
Cortez the Killer S 
Failure to Communicate S 
Half and Half S 
Kimberly T,S 
Like a Hurricane T 
Melungian Brotherhood S 
Obscure Adventure T,TR 
Prajapati S 
Pulp Friction T 
Raising Arizona S 
Rather be Sk8boarding T,S 
Three Amigos T 
Three Amigos Direct T 
Three Amigos Double Direct T 
Unknown 1 T 
Zig Zag T 

Buzzard Rocks Rock Climbing 

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Buzzard Rocks makes for a great day or weekend adventure. The cliff faces West and you get full exposure to the valley below. If you're going to climb in the summer, mornings are the best suggestion. The face will stay cool for you until early afternoon. If you're going to climb in the winter you need to stick with afternoons and evenings. The great exposure to the sun will keep you warm and keep you climbing. There are around 25 registered routes, nothing that goes above 5.10. That makes this a great area for new leaders and weekend warriors. Bring a light rack and set of quick draws. Most climbs are bolted with a few exceptions. Bring your own water, it will be a long walk back to the car if you run out.

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Getting There 

From the East-
Take I-66 West to Route 55 West towards Front Royal. Stay on 55 West until the town of Waterlick. Turn left onto Powells Fort Road (Route 678). Drive about 1.2 miles on 678 then turn left onto Mountain Road (Route 619). You will pass a fish hatchery. Stay on the road for 1.2 miles. You will come to a Buzzard Rock trailhead parking lot on the right. Pay attention cause it's easy to miss. After parking follow the hiker sign and begin the two mile hike to Buzzard Rock. Follow the white trail blaze.

When you reach the top of the ridge, there is a trail that descends to the right. This is the cliff base trail. It isn't well defined, but it is very easy to follow. If you miss the trail you can rap down to it from any number of trees on the ridge.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Buzzard Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Buzzard Rocks:
Three Amigos Direct   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Three Amigos Double Direct   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Failure to Communicate   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Raising Arizona   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Kimberly   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Obscure Adventure   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 140'   
Unknown 1   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Anonymous Flake Right   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   
Half and Half   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Melungian Brotherhood   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Ass Cannibal   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
Prajapati   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Rather be Sk8boarding   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Pulp Friction   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Bulge   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Adam Kopley Memorial Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Buzzard Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Owen finishing out on the namesakes flake.

Anonymous Flake Right 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c  Virginia : Shenandoah & NW VA Region : ... : Buzzard Rocks
Slab climbing to a lone bolt. Clip it and make the crux move of getting to the large flake. Follow the flake up and right placing finger to hand sized gear. Make an anchor on the tree at the summit. Not as hard as it looks from the ground, this is a great route. Bring a 60 meter rope, you'll use most of it....[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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By Mike Mu.
From: hagerstown
Mar 1, 2009
I hiked up there for the first time yesterday-awesome crag with a lot of potential for additional routes, both Trad/sport/mixed. A note about the base trail-once you make the big turn at the North facing overlook just continue up the ridge. Go about 4-500 yards and keep an eye out on the right for the view to clear--up until this point it has just been trees and hilly terrain. When the right side of the hill begins to drop away, then you have reached the first climbable rock. You will see the trail drop down on the right of it. Follow this a short way down hill where you will see the right facing corner which is the route '3 Amigos'. Just to the right of it is a lone bolt on the slab-This is a 5.8 unknown route. Don't know about the left-facing corner just beside this. To the right of this is pulp friction. Saw a bald eagle on the approach up, all in all a great day!
By robpierson
From: Washington, DC
Sep 30, 2012
More info on the routes can be found at
By Aaron Parlier
From: Boone, NC
Sep 30, 2012
Awesome site, I'm going to add this to the top page if that's alright.
By Brian marsh
From: carbondale, CO
Jun 23, 2013
a wealth of information on the area can be found here as well...
there are several more additional routes routes listed.
By Adam Marcus
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 6, 2014
The URL for the PATC-MS info page has changed. The new URL is

GPS coordinates for the trailhead parking lot are 38.93773, -78.28855. The parking lot can be crowded on weekends and a vehicle with low clearance may have a hard time getting up the small hill to the "upper" section of the lot. The lot only holds 10-15 vehicles and since this is a popular hike (see below), it can fill up. Commenters on the page below reported getting their cars towed when the parked along Mountain Rd. If the lot is full when you arrive and you don't want to wait for a spot, you could always climb at Talking Headwall, a.k.a. Roadside Crag, which is maybe a 10 minute drive (though it has an even smaller parking lot).

There's a great topo, photos, and written instructions for the approach hike at
By SqueegeeJoe Scoresby
From: Manassas, VA
May 27, 2015
It looks like the link for this site doesn't work anymore. Does anyone know where it went?
By Mike Stinson
Mar 7, 2017
Neither of the links mentioned above in the introduction lead to active pages:

"Check out these awesome webpages for more area info!"

I don't know any more about the first one, but the correct link for information from the PATC appears to be
By Francisco Fuentes
From: Manassas, Va
Apr 28, 2017
Hello all, I just wanted to say the new rakkup guide is now available. All beta is downloaded to the in phone app. Access all the routes, topos, trails & waypoint navigation off your phone. Once downloaded no service is required, so you can have the beta while out of cell service range.

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