Monday Morning Local Crags: Seneca Rocks, WV

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.

Good morning (or early afternoon as the case may be). I hope everyone had a terrifyingly awesome Halloween weekend. This week’s edition of Monday Morning Crags focuses on Seneca Rocks, WV.

Seneca Rocks is located in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, less than three hours from DC.

Due to the hardness of the Tuscarora Formation, and the degree of climbing difficulty, Seneca Rocks offers rock climbers an opportunity unique in the east. There are over 375 major mapped climbing routes.

Both the East and West faces of the North and South Peak offer single and multi-pitch routes up to 300 ft in length. Technical routes also exist on the Lower Slabs, located on the slopes below the west face of the North Peak, and on the Southern Pillar, directly across Roy Gap from the South Peak. Because of the way the rock was uplifted, there are many vertical cracks that offer excellent jamming and good protection. Routes range from 5.2-5.13, nearly all of which require the leader placing protection.

Check out the photo below of some of the best-known routes. Remember, you can always book a guided trip with Vertical Rock to Seneca Rocks, or any other local crag here