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Harper's Ferry 


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Description 

The Harpers Ferry region includes cliffs in all 3 states MD, WV, and VA due to their close proximity to each other all the information is contained here under Maryland.

The Climbing ranges from multi-pitch trad, sport and top-roping areas to tons of excellent bouldering. Maryland Heights stands 200 feet tall and is the tallest cliff in central Maryland. Most of the rock in the region is a hard quartzite providing good crack systems and positive edges on the faces.

Contributing Web Sights
Harpers Ferry Climbing Guide
Harpers Ferry Climbing Blog
Indy's Underground Climbing Guide to Maryland


Getting There 

Harpers Ferry is located 17 miles South-West of Fredrick Maryland on interstate 340 where it crosses the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. The individual cliffs should provide specific parking information. The Mark train and Amtrack both stop at Harpers Ferry.
All of the Harpers Ferry cliffs are located on National Park Land and some of the parking areas will include a $10 entry fee, however a year pass can be purchased for $30 at the visitor center. Also the annual National Park Pass can be used as well. The National pass cost $80 and has two signature spots so it can be shared with one other person and covers entrance fees for the owner and 3 accompanying adults into all National Parks.


105 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Harper's Ferry:
Center Stage and All Alone   A2 PG13     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 80'   Maryland Heights, MD : Train Tunnel Wall
"C" Route   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 145'   Maryland Heights, MD : ABC Ramps
'D' Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 225'   Maryland Heights, MD : Sign Wall
Carpet Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   Skink Rock
Hard Up Direct   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 170'   Maryland Heights, MD : Sign Wall
Rags to Riches   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 33'   Skink Rock
Popeye's   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR   Balcony Rock
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Featured Route For Harper's Ferry
Full first pitch, anchors, and partial second pitch

Black Tie Affair 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  MD : Harper's Ferry : ... : Train Tunnel Wall
P1: Starting out the left corner of the pit, head up a jagged, overhanging crack. (The route might be marked by an Indian Creek style stone at the base). The first pitch follows the previously mentioned crack (system) all the way to a ledge at ~100 feet. On the way to the anchors, you will climb an overhang to a tricky mantle, a short slab section, another overhang, another slab, and the final crux, an ever-so-slightly overhanging face split by a rapidly closing crack.P2: This pitch is best ...[more]   Browse More Classics in MD

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