Second Mountain Bouldering
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Access from Rocky Run is no longer possible since the GWNF has quietly abandoned what was a NF access road for decades on the pretext of flood damage, which a recent recon visit failed to find.
The landowner along this road is unfriendly and the closure, while unmarked by NFS signage, is official.
Take Rte 33W from Harrisonburg to Rawley Springs. Wind through the S curve above the river. Park at the pullout just past Second Mtn Rd and walk East along Route 33. About 50 yds past the clearing and home on the north (westbound) side of the road, climb the bank at a boulder and cut through the forest to intersect an old game and hunters trail heading right. This will bring you out past the Dyno Cave, Rook Towers, and the Stigmata cracks to reach the Satellite Ranch.
The boulders are divided into two main groups: the Satellite Ranch and the Ridge Boulders. During the summer the Ridge Boulders are harder to find through the thick canopy, though only a few minutes further up the fire road on the right.
The highest concentration of routes are at the Satellite Ranch, located directly on the shoulder of the fire road just above the last S curve.
Second Mountain Boulders
Turn right on Rocky Run Road, several hundred yards past Second Mountain Road, and follow this to the end, a parking loop. The trail to Second Mountain begins at the back of the loop and soon climbs onto the ridge to the right or east.
Hiking from Rocky Run parking loop to the intersection with the fire road takes 30 minutes, with an additional 15 minute hike up the fire road to reach the Satellite Boulder.
The boulders are divided into two main groups: the 2nd Mountain Proper Boulders and the Ridge Boulders. During the summer the Ridge Boulders are harder to find through the thick canopy. They are only a few minutes further up the fire road on the right.
Classic Climbing Routes at Second Mountain
Days w Precip