Great Falls Mostly climbing

157 routes in crag

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Summary

Huge number of routes available all along the river.

Description

From Park website:

Park hours are 7 a.m. until dark, every day. The three falls overlooks are located within a five to ten minute walk from the visitor center and parking lots. Trail maps are available at the visitor center and entrance station..

Park Fees

$3.00 Individual Pass. Good for three consecutive days for individuals coming into the park on foot, horseback, or bicycle. $5.00 Vehicle Pass. Good for three consecutive days for one vehicle, including motorcycles, in Great Falls Park and C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland. $20.00 Annual Pass. Good for one year from the date of purchase in Great Falls Park and C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland. Tour buses: contact the park at 703-285-2965 for fee information. Please be aware that on weekends during the spring, summer, and fall months, the park may not have parking available for buses.

Park contains a lot of poison ivy. Go prepared to spot it before making your way off of the pass and to the anchor areas and crags.

Access issues

From Park website:

Park hours are 7 a.m. until dark, every day. The three falls overlooks are located within a five to ten minute walk from the visitor center and parking lots. Trail maps are available at the visitor center and entrance station..

Park Fees

$3.00 Individual Pass. Good for three consecutive days for individuals coming into the park on foot, horseback, or bicycle. $5.00 Vehicle Pass. Good for three consecutive days for one vehicle, including motorcycles, in Great Falls Park and C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland. $20.00 Annual Pass. Good for one year from the date of purchase in Great Falls Park and C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland. Tour buses: contact the park at 703-285-2965 for fee information. Please be aware that on weekends during the spring, summer, and fall months, the park may not have parking available for buses.

Park contains a lot of poison ivy. Go prepared to spot it before making your way off of the pass and to the anchor areas and crags.

Approach

Climbing sites begin downstream of Overlook #2 and end near the emergency boat ramp at Sandy Landing. No climbing is permitted in the historic canal cut. Routes range in length from 25 to 75 feet. Difficulty ranges from 5.0 up to the highest rated climbs at 5.14. Most of the routes are in the 5.5 to 5.9 range. All climbing is top-rope and no anchors may be drilled into the rock. Bring enough anchor material to have two independent anchor systems and allow about thirty feet of material from the edge to your anchor and you will be set to move to almost every climbing area in the park. The majority of the climbs are accessible via a walk down route except during periods of high water, above 4.5 on the Little Falls gauge. The river gauge reading is reported in the weather section of the Washington Post under the title 'River Stages.'

Where to stay

No camping available. Hotels very close.

Ethic

Absolutely no bolting. Please use white, grey or brown chalk.

Open trips

There are no open trips for this crag

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