Monday Morning Local Crags: Carderock, MD


Monday morning local crags is an ongoing feature that we’ll be posting on Mondays. Mainly we want to make you nostalgic for the weekend and see if any of you climbing fiends have some insider info on specific routes or special spots where you love to go climbing.

Carderock is part of the C&O Canal National Historic Park. This destination is best known for being the closest outdoor rock climbing area to the Washington, DC metro area. For this reason, it can get very crowded on the weekends when the weather is nice. In addition, flooding is occasionally a problem.

Most climbs at Carderock are around 35 feet, but some of the walls are as high as 75 feet. While the rock is stable, it is not recomended for trad climbing because the protection will slip or break out. In total, there are 35 routes 5.5 to 5.8 and 65 routes from 5.9 to 5.12, making for a great excursion for beginning climbers while still providing challenges for more experienced climbers.

There are also a good amount of bouldering problems because of the type of rock formation (micha-schist).

"Tea and Scrumpet" bouldering problem at Carderock