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Rock Creek Park

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About Rock Creek Park:

A potential bouldering area under the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge in Rock Creek National Park. Climbers visited this site back in the early 90's and a number of problems were established. If you venture there you may not be alone as it is a natural shelter for the homeless that live in the park, and they may not appreciate you in their living room. The rock is 1620 feet high granite and quartzite diehedrals approximately 50 yards wide. Mostly overhanging slabs. There is still a lot of loose rock and holds have broken off. Use caution and climb with a partner. Much of the landing area is crap, so a crash pad is highly recommended. This area has some potential. There are already four well defined routes and a long traverse. Please pack out any trash that you bring. (If you really want to help out, you will pack out any other trash that you find there.) A lot of foot traffic during the weekends.
Nearest town or city: Washington, DC
Directions: At the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Whitehaven Road. Parking is available on Whitehaven Road in front of the Italian embassy for two hour periods. Be sure to park away from the diplomatic parking zones. Coming from Dupont Circle, head west on Massachusetts. Immediately following the bridge, there is a path on the left that runs right next to a black fence (which surrounds the embassy). The start of this path is marked by two rocks. Follow this path. Approximately 100 yards down, a smaller, steeper path will appear on the left. This path runs along the top of the rock and leads directly down to the bouldering area. This trail is next to impossible to see in the spring and summer when its overgrown. The other option is to follow the established path that winds down and around. Takes longer, but you know where you're going.
Latitude, Longitude: 38.91767, -77.05937
Access Issues: Getting to the site is a little bit of a challenge since you can't access it directly from the Mass bridge. It's much easier to enter from intersection of Connecticut and Calvert right there where 24th street is. When you enter you'll see fitness stations but keep on the path. Eventually it turns into a dirt running path. Keep on that and right after you go under the Massachusetts bridge it's about 70 meters then on your right. It's not so much hidden, but if you aren't paying attention you'll miss it since it goes at an angle away from your direction of travel.
Camping: None
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Quantity of Climbs: Day

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Forum Discussions (5 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
With Replies Video superxris 3 Sep 02 2009, 2:13 PM
No Replies Bouldering anyone? jjkowals 0 Mar 15 2006, 6:47 PM
With Replies routes? (Rock Creek Park) jsoper 7 Sep 16 2005, 11:05 AM
With Replies Does anyone Here Currently Boulder @ Rock Creek Park (DC) roambb1 1 Nov 03 2004, 6:36 PM
No Replies Rock Creek boldering redpointadventures 0 Aug 22 2001, 8:49 AM