Credit Damon Yeh.

Northwest Branch is one of the Mid Atlantic’s hidden bouldering gems. Located just north of the DC beltway in Silver Spring, MD, this urban crag experiences a high volume of visitors and more than it’s fair share of litter and other environmental impact. MAC has been hosting Adopt a Crags here for more than five years, and is committed to preserving this resource for generations of climbers to come.

Thanks to everyone who came out!


  • Registration: 8:30am
  • Project work: 9am-12pm

Where To Meet/How To Get There:

From the north (Columbia, Baltimore, etc):

-Take Route 29 south

-Shortly after crossing 650 (New Hampshire Avenue) you’ll see a shopping plaza on the left with the Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, California Tortilla, etc. Go through the light and make a u-turn.

-Now heading north on Route 29, turn right into the parking lot with the old red brick building.

-The trail to the boulders is in the far corner of the lot.

From the 495 Beltway and DC:

-Take Route 29 North

– After crossing over Route 193 (University Blvd.) and going down the hill, look for the old red brick building on the right side and pull into the parking lot.

-The trail to the boulders is in the far corner of the lot.

Click here to find us on Google Maps.

What We’ll be Doing:

We’re finalizing the details with the land manager, but our current scope includes trail work, graffiti removal, and trash pickup.

What to Bring:

  • Food and water for the day
  • Good sturdy boots
  • Long pants
  • Working gloves (if you have them)


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Thanks to everyone who came out!