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The Narrows aka Lover's Leap  

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BETA PHOTO: The Narrows overview


Outside of a redneck throwing an old TV down the cliff you are likely to be at this beautiful cliff alone. This area gets all day sun unless of course it is raining which seems to be quite a lot. At about 3/4 of a mile in length and up to several hundred feet high this rock face is home to many adventurous routes. Routes run from 1 pitch 5.easy to 2 and 3 pitch 5.10+. Bolts are non existent and route finding skills will definitely be called on. The crux of these climbs for many climbers will be locating the routes from the trail. The thick foliage can be very disorienting. Walk-offs and not raps are the order of operation at this place.

If you want to clip bolts check out Locust Grove about 1 mile from The Narrows.

Please bring a garbage bag and help us keep this area clean. It is treated as a garbage dump by some of the locals.

You will be climbing above Will's Creek all day and it has great fishing, as well as, some sweet swimming holes!

Mark "Indy" Kochte has produced several quality Maryland area guide books as well as an on line guide. This on line guide will be immensely helpful for climbing at the Narrows. indy-adventures.net/climbing/g...

Parking note. I have had no problem using on street parking in the area. The end of Columbia street has plenty of parking and is only about a 100 meter walk to the trail head. Don't park on red lines and avoid the immediate church area on Sundays. Say hi to the locals and tell them what you are up to. They will be interested and being friendly can only help our access.

Getting There 

Indy says it better than I can.
Take a look at the crag overview I will attach to this page as it contains a few corrections.

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Weather station 0.3 miles from here

21 Total Routes

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Featured Route For The Narrows aka Lover's Leap
Start of Unexpected Party after overhanging flake ...

Unexpected Party 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  MD : The Narrows aka Lover's Lea... : Chuck Wall
Beginning below the large over hanging flake start climbing the bouldery section to a good stance where you'll place a #1 Camalot sized piece in the crack of the flake. This is the crux of the route. Proceed up the face following the path of least resistance to a large ledge covered in blueberry bushes. Climb the wall at the back side of the ledge up and past the next small ledge (maybe 2 feet wide) and top out over the next short wall to a large ledge with a pine tree. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in MD

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The Front Porch
BETA PHOTO: The Front Porch
These things are huge and everywhere at this cliff...
BETA PHOTO: These things are huge and everywhere at this cliff...
Easy climb, not sure what route it was, but probab...
Easy climb, not sure what route it was, but probab...
TV size boulder
BETA PHOTO: TV size boulder
Cairn on trail marks the far left side of the Jim ...
BETA PHOTO: Cairn on trail marks the far left side of the Jim ...
TV size
The cliff as seen from the howling ledge.
The cliff as seen from the howling ledge.
Slight upgrade where trail meets cliff
BETA PHOTO: Slight upgrade where trail meets cliff
Rap ledge at fun land
Rap ledge at fun land

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By David Carrier
From: White Salmon, WA
Sep 22, 2015
Fun place to climb- the rock quality is a lot like Annapolis Rocks, and there's tremendous variety. The cliff faces southwest so it's very hot in the summer. We had trouble finding the crag- here are more specific directions:

From I-68, take the downtown exit and head north on either Queen City Drive or Center St. Continue northwest on Center St. (one-way) to the other side of town and turn right on Franklin St. Follow this up the hill and take a left on Forest Lane. When you get to Piedmont Ave., turn right and park. To get back to I-68, take Franklin St. down to Mechanic St. (one-way).

Walk up Wills Mtn. Rd. to the first switchback. Go straight ahead on the trail instead of following the road to the right, and this will take you directly to the top of the cliff. It's a 30 minute hike from the car to Lover's Leap. We found it easiest to set up topropes here and rappel down to the bottom.
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