Sugarloaf

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Sugarloaf Mountain is a small 1,200ft monadnock  20 miles south of Frederick, MD.  Sugarloaf offers local climbers some of the closest traditional lead climbing to the Washington Metro Area. It is also notable for some excellent top-rope routes, as well as numerous boulder problems scattered throughout the forest.

The private Stronghold Foundation owns the land and welcomes many hikers and climbers each year.  Please bring $5 cash to donate at the entrance (encouraged but not required). Sugarloaf is also a trash free park, so pack it in pack it out. There are port-a-potties at the West parking lot.

The most popular climbing areas – Middle Earth and Boy Scout Ledges – are a short walk from the  West View Parking lot

To reach Sugarloaf, follow I270 to the Hyattstown exit, follow Route 109 to Comus, then right on Comus Road to the Sugarloaf Mountain entrance.

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7901 Comus Road, Dickerson, Maryland, 20842, United States

Great Falls (Virgina)

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Venue Phone: (703) 757-3101

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Great Falls (Virginia) is a US National Park located on the Potomac River just north of the Washington DC 495 Beltway.  There are around 260 listed top roping routes in this guidebook published by the Potomac Mountain Club.  The park is located here.  You need to pay an entrance fee or possess one of several NPS annual passes.

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9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, Virginia, 22102, United States

Carderock

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Carderock Recreation Area  is on the Potomac River just outside the 495 Beltway. Carderock is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and is well known for top rope climbing and hiking.  The Potomac Mountain Club has published a guidebook to Carderock.

To access the climbing at Carderock, park in the north most parking lot and follow the trail westwards past the toilet that leads down to the base of the cliffs.  The climbing is only several hundred yards from the parking lot.

Note that cars have been broken into in this parking lot so do not leave valuables in your car.

 

 

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38.5579376,-78.325019, Carderock, Maryland, 20817, United States