Friends over things, outside over inside. Will you go out with us? #OptOutside — Join Us Outside
Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
B-29 T,TR 
B-52 T,TR 
M-1 TR 
M-16 T,TR 
M-80 T,TR 
Microdome descent T,TR 
Vision Route T,TR 

Microdome Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 38.99472, -77.25121 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 218
Administrators: Jake Jones, Shawn Heath, Aaron Parlier, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Justin Scott on Sep 7, 2014
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Panoramic of Microdome and Great Falls


This is a 40 foot face with several routes. Most of the routes begin with a little overhung terrain. It has shade through the early afternoon and a great view of the falls. A set of nuts is useful for the top rope anchors here.

The area is at least partially submerged (or fully) during high water. I have cleaned driftwood out of holds 30 feet off the ground.

Getting There 

This area is the closest area to the parking lot, but it is not the easiest to find. From the climbers' parking lot, walk to the bathroom. When facing the bathrooms, take the path to the left that goes toward the river. Walk down the path to where it goes over the small stream. From here, make your way slightly left over to the fence separating the meadowy picnic areas from the woods. There is a faint trail in the grass on the other side of the wooden rail fence. The faint trail starts only 100-200 feet from where the path crosses the stream. Follow the trail for a couple minutes through the woods to a boulderfield. Scramble along the rocks trending left looking for tow large pointed rock formations. Above the face there are two chopped bolts that used to comprise an anchor. The face faces the water. Decent is possible either to the left or right via 4th class scrambling.

Climbing Season

For the Great Falls area.

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Microdome

Vision Route 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  VA : DC and surrounding areas : ... : Microdome
Start same as B-52 - climb the outside edge of the left facing corner...[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

Photos of Microdome Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Red - B-29 / Green - B-52 / Blue - M-1 / Yellow - ...
BETA PHOTO: Red - B-29 / Green - B-52 / Blue - M-1 / Yellow - ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Great day at Microdome!
Great day at Microdome!

Comments on Microdome Add Comment
Show which comments
By Brian Malone
From: Olney, Maryland
May 12, 2015
Great Falls Ice
There are a few areas near Microdome that form climbable ice during the winter months.. About 12-15 feet of ice every winter..

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!