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Patapsco State Park Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 200'
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Description 

A slew of areas scattered across many miles. Nothing is big (80 feet max) but the proximity to the metropolitan area, generally easy access, good climbs, and generous people make the area one of the best in Maryland.

Mostly Topropes, but some good leads as well. For trad the classic is the notoriously sandbagged Blue Rose at 5.8+. And for sport check out The Truth at 10d.

Cataloged here are only a few of the best areas. Local John Kelbel has recently released a darn near comprehensive guide to the area at Patapsco Rock He has diligently walked almost the entire park and his guide will get you to nearly 100 different climbable pieces of rock in the park. The guide is all online using Google Earth. Need to download the plug-in but definitely worth the hassle. Check it out.

Getting There 

Patapsco State Park runs from just south of Baltimore city west and slightly north till Sykesville. The access points differ for each cliff and are described in the appropriate section.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',1],['5.8',4],['5.9',4],['5.10',8],['5.11',3],['5.12',1],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Patapsco State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Patapsco State Park:
Gratefully Dead   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   Woodstock Rock
Middle Climb   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Ilchester
Blue Rose   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Ilchester
The Wimpy Whiner Way   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR   Woodstock Rock
Bloody Bucket   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR   Woodstock Rock
The Truth   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Friction Wall
Midnight Lightning   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 25'   Ilchester
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Featured Route For Patapsco State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Carothers on Blue Rose

Blue Rose 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Maryland : Patapsco State Park : Ilchester
The classic route at Ilchester and maybe in all of Maryland. Packs three cruxes in 30 feet of climbing.A burly first move over the roof to a decent rest jug, tricky jams lead to a stance under the rood and the final "Blue Rose" move over the hang to finish. When you finish look at the large welt on the back of your right hand to find the Rose.A proud on-site for any Baltimore climber. This climb has been led, free-soloed, done blindfolded, aided, and probably climbed more than the all the...[more]   Browse More Classics in Maryland

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