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Northwest Branch  


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Location: 39.0303, -77.0041 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Frances Fierst, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Kristan Markey on Nov 16, 2012
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Description 

Collection of 100 boulder problems in a wooded area of the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River just minutes north of DC. Watch for families hiking through on the weekends.

Topos available at:
mdguides.files.wordpress.com/2... (newer)
drtopo.com/submitted/nwbranch....

Getting There 

Drive to exit 30 on the Capital Beltway (495). Head north on Colesville Rd/Columbia Pike (Route 29).
Drive 1.4 miles on Route 29. Parking lot for the Northwest Branch will be on the right. If you get to the Citgo/Trader Joe's/California Tortilia (Lockwood Plaza)x, you've gone too far.
Follow the trail at the parking lot

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.3 miles from here

18 Total Routes

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


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Go Left V0+ 4+  MD : Northwest Branch : ... : Upstream Slab
Start the same as Donít Go Right then once you get to the series of small horizontal cracks traverse left across the boulder without using the lip. Donít touch the lip until you get to the vertical crack on Damn Tree....[more]   Browse More Classics in MD

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By Brian S
Nov 27, 2012
Here is another (newer) guide - mdguides.files.wordpress.com/2...
By Kennedy O'Donnell
From: McLean, VA
Jul 20, 2014
Toured this area yesterday for the first time with two others. Pleasantly surprised by how accessible every boulder was. Some boulders were absoloutely beautiful and dying to be climbed. Graffiti on almost every boulder- wouldn't have been a problem except for the fact that it seems the state has tried to paint over it all which just made small crimps where paint is almost impossible to hold on to. This might make some of the higher skilled routes no longer doable. Bad landings also put a lot of problems out of commission.
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