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Freedom Center Loop
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Saddleback Trail (Yellow)
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Harper's Ferry  

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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. It is REQUIRED to sign in at the ranger's information station to climb on Maryland Heights. None of the other areas require a sign in. 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.

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Weather station 0.6 miles from here

140 Total Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',43],['2 Stars',71],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

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
A-1 Climb   5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   Maryland Heights, MD : ABC Ramps
"C" Route   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 145'   Maryland Heights, MD : ABC Ramps
B Real   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Maryland Heights, MD : ABC Ramps
'D' Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 225'   Maryland Heights, MD : Sign Wall
Hard Up Direct   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 170'   Maryland Heights, MD : Sign Wall
Carpet Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   Skink Rock
Black Powder   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   Maryland Heights, MD : Sign Wall
Rags to Riches   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 33'   Skink Rock
Cold Steel Corner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   Balcony Jr.
Popeye's   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR   Balcony Rock
Salty Dog Saloon   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Balcony Jr.
The Paymaster   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Balcony Jr.
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Featured Route For Harper's Ferry
This is a bad photo but shows the ships prow like ...

Dirty Hooker V4- 6B  MD : Harper's Ferry : Balcony Rock Boulders
Sit start low on the overhanging arete/prow. There is an obvious jug about 4 feet off of the ground. You can start lower and move to it. Once at the jug get situated and reach out right handed to the fantastic sloper on the lip of the overhang. It's kind of behind your head and up/out right. This is the crux. Work the foot beta and lock in so you can take the left hand off of the jug and move up tot he chicken heads above the roof. This problem feels a little exposed since it sits up on a shelf....[more]   Browse More Classics in MD

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