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Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,419'
Location: 39.62892, -77.43295 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Christopher Peterson on Oct 10, 2016
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Coordinates: 39°38′52″N 77°27′59″W

Chimney Rock is a prominant outcropping of rock within Catoctin Mountain State Park. Facing West, the formation features deep crevices and fissures, cracks, faces, and large boulders under the Western Face. The eponymous rock is perched on top of a large, cracked monolith.

Chimney Rock is part of the Weverton Formation, which contains quartzite, metaconglomerate, phyllite, and metagraywacke. Chimney Rock's quartzite, the hardest of the Weverton mixture, has eroded more slowly than surrounding rock, resulting in the prominent formation.

Look for the sign - you won't be able to miss it.

Getting There 

The closest parking is at the Catoctin Mountain Park Headquarters on Foxville Road, but this is a small lot and may be crowded on weekends. Park at the Visitor Center parking lot if HQ lot is full.

The hike to Chimney Rock from the Park HQ is about a mile with only one steep section. The approach also passes several good quality bouldering opportunities just off the trail on either side.

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Weather station 1.7 miles from here

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