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Hidden Roofs 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Lower Hidden 12 / 0 / 12 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Elevation: 1,807 ft
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Shared By: Pete Hickman on Jun 14, 2008 with updates from AndrewMauk
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40ft sandstone cliffs just inside the George Washington National Forest in Rockingham County. Well shaded topropes and leads as well as bouldering on decent rock.

Getting There

15 miles or so from Harrisonburg, VA.

Take 257 from Dayton, VA through the town of Ottobein. Continue following 257 until the route turns right at the 257 grocery. 2 miles up the road you cross a small bridge.
Shortly after the bridge turn right onto Hidden Quarry Road (Fireroad 62). Follow this about .4 miles to a well defined gravel parking lot on the right.

Park here and take the yellow-blazed trail that starts on the right side of the parking area. Follow this as it rises and falls for about 10 minutes until it turns sharply left. After about 50 yards you'll get to the first stream crossing. The yellow blazed trail will cross the stream three more times (four total) and right before the fifth stream crossing the yellow blazed trail will cut up right (steeply) and take you straight to the Lower Hidden area. The bolted route (2 bolts) in front of you is Snowblower (5.9+)

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Mike Mu.
Mike Mu.   hagerstown
The approach here is a bit deceiving. From the start of the jeep trail you cross the stream 3 times. You will hike through some thick rhodo areas in between the stream crossings. After the 3rd stream crossing you will come to a spot in the trail where it has been blocked off and forces you uphill. Follow it uphill for a few minutes and then you will begin to see the rocks (lower hidden) ahead of you. It is still well hidden until you get pretty close to it. In the spring and summer you may not see the rocks until you are almost upon them, thus the name. From Lower hidden continue up the left side of the cliff for 150-200 yds and then you will see hidden cracks. Have fun, it is a nice set of crags. Mar 1, 2009
The grassy area listed above is no longer open to the public. Please do not park here. Instead go just a little further past the grassy area and turn onto Hidden Quarry Road (Fireroad 62). Follow this about .4 miles to a gravel parking lot on the right. You can park here and take the yellow-blazed trail on the right into the woods. Follow this as it rises and falls for about 10 minutes until it turns sharply left. After about 50 yards you'll get to the first stream crossing. The yellow blazed trail will cross the stream three more times (four total) and right before the fifth stream crossing a trail will cut up right and take you straight to the Lower Hidden. Again, do not park in the grassy lot described in Hoerst's book. I recommend picking up "Climbing Rockingham County" by Lester Zook. It's a great guide to the area and is available at Wilderness Voyagers in Harrisonburg. The description to the cliffs are much better. Oct 18, 2012
Does anyone have information on the bouldering here? The guidebook I have is very minimal and am just curious as to what has been established and what hasn't. Thanks! Dec 2, 2012
The Artz and Avatar boulders are excellent and easy to find. Pass the Hone Quarry parking lot and look for a gravel pull-out on the left. Park here and look north, uphill across the road. You should see a large boulder; this is the Avatar boulder. From the Avatar boulder, head right (east) a few hundred feet, without going up or down hill, to reach the Artz boulder. Two awesome easy highballs, slappy aretes, crimpy devious desperates, and a few burly overhanging problems. State of the Artz (arete on SE of Artz boulder) would be a classic V5 (original rating 5.12 I think) anywhere. These two boulders are the best here, but a few more exist if you poke around. Enjoy! Jan 6, 2013
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
You all should post that info on here! Photos too! Jan 6, 2013
My fiance and I are moving into the area and have the guide book written by Horst, but can't seem to find much info of the breakdown of what problems are on what boulders, etc. Are there any locals that would be willing to trip out there with us?

And trust me Aaron, once we figure out what's out there, we will be updating it! Jan 13, 2013
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Thank you Jeff it will be great to see some of these for sure! Have fun out there! Jan 13, 2013
@fhall421 - thanks so much for your directions. Went there this morning to scope it out. Went the previous day with my daughter and gave up just shy of the first river crossing--should've checked here first because we were using Horst's book. There is some evidence of streams on the main approach but those do not constitute the streams that fhall421 kindly points out (the streams are full streams--got my feet wet in a couple) so keep going. The walls look great - looking forward to coming back. But as I said, follow fhall421's directions and you'll get there. It took us about 30 mins from trail head to the rocks - probably could've done it quicker--we took along our old dog and she slowed us down crossing the streams. One question I have is, at what end of hidden rocks does this path terminate? From what I could make out it is the far end of Lower Hidden - right around Lil Bubba. Is that correct? Jun 16, 2013
Chase Flint
Lexington, Virginia
Chase Flint   Lexington, Virginia
Looking at heading up there with a group of varied ability- I've been told there's some sport here, but the website and the Virginia climbing guide make no mention of it. If I have no trad gear are we going to end up just top roping? Or do we have an ability to do some sport as well? Feb 6, 2015
The directions as others have pointed out in the Horst book and here on MP aren't quite right.

After cross the extremely small bridge, after about 150 yards turn right onto Hone Quarry Road and not Hidden Quarry Road, which doesn't exist. There's a GW National Forest Sign at the intersection that's a good marker to turn right.

Continue on about 5 minutes and look for the parking lot. I've attached a photo.

It's about a 30 minute walk back. Sep 2, 2015
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Thanks Ronin, for driving 2,100 miles from your Smoke Hole to climb at Hidden Rocks, and for sounding the alarm for the locals that the crag is closed. Your high speed situational awareness is an inspiration.

It seems like there is some beta listed in the comments about the parking and access. If there is indeed some solid beta for this approach lets post it! Nov 19, 2015
Patrick Manss
Raleigh, NC
Patrick Manss   Raleigh, NC
Climbed here on Wednesday 1/3/18, the trail is in decent shape and blazed pretty well now. Several had complained that it was difficult to follow, seems to not be the case any more, very moderate approach. From the parking area, take the trail on the right marked with 511, you will cross the creek 4 times and then go uphill for a while before coming to Snowblower on Lower Hidden, the route has two bolts, stair to top of lower hidden about 100ft up on left side of lower. Did not have a lot of time, but climbed a few of the routes here, lots of fun, pretty easy going routes. Will come back and finish the area when I get a chance. There are a few bolted anchors scattered around, and all of them felt good. Would love to see a couple routes bolted for sport. Bomber pro all over the place if you want to practice trad on some short routes. Jan 14, 2018
I found a gray .4 BD cam abandoned in a crack at the hidden cracks - left wall on 9/30/18. Call or text if it belongs to you. 828 773 7140
-Erich Oct 3, 2018 · Lost & Found

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