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Air Show TR 
Air Show (right exit) TR 
Bat Swing, The TR 
Blue Pill TR 
Carpet Crack T,TR 
Conrad vs. The Skink Monster TR 
Dancing with Trees TR 
Driving with the Top Down TR 
Eyes of a Stranger TR 
Kuutomo TR 
Oh My Eyes! S,TR 
Oh My Eyes! (right exit) TR 
Rags to Riches T,TR 
Skink Magic TR 
Unyielding Finale TR 
White Man Head Bob, The TR 

Skink Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Conrad S. on Nov 29, 2012
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Garter snake at the base of Rags to Riches


This great cliff has face, slab, crack, dihedral, and roof climbing. It faces west and overlooks the town of Harpers Ferry from high on the ridge. In the summer it tends to be shaded until late in the day and a draft flows up the side of the mountain under the tree canopy resulting in a cooler climbing experience. Portions of the cliff grow a fine powdery lichen that will wear off with more traffic. The base of the cliff has a relatively flat staging area. The rock is good, the routes are fun.

Getting There 

This cliff is best accessed from the top of Maryland Heights and the main overlook points. From the overlook you hike uphill and to the north (parallel the potomac, hiking in the upstream direction)

Climbing Season

For the Harper's Ferry area.

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Skink Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Skink Rock:
Oh My Eyes!   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 30'   
Carpet Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   
Rags to Riches   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 33'   
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Rags to Riches 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Maryland : Harper's Ferry : Skink Rock
Stellar route, one of the best in Maryland. Begin 10' left of Air Show, climb this fantastic corner crack system up to the roof. At the roof, follow the crack out and step left, reaching up to either a ledge or a jug, depending on your ape index. Power up to the top. Pumpy route, a solid lead that takes mostly medium to big gear. A rack of #0.5 to #5 camalots with some long slings is about perfect. (Indy)...[more]   Browse More Classics in Maryland

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By florianm
Aug 11, 2014
I found some Evolv Defys size 12.5 last weekend on the trail leading to Skink rock.
By Alex Bates
Oct 12, 2014
With your back to Harper's Ferry from the most popular overlook, Skink Rock is to your left. It is not that far from the overlook.
By Travis1
Aug 1, 2017
Two large yellow jacket nests in August of 2017. Base of carpet crack and 6 foot left of rags to riches
By Travis1
Aug 1, 2017
When hiking to over look from main trail, take red trail to overlook and around half way down the red trail take a small trail to the right where the main trail bends left. Rocks are down hill from small trail and the app has a map with location marked you can follow

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