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Big Gulp? V3 6A
Big Time V4 6B
Bird, The V7 7A+
Forrowed Brow V6-7 7A+
Gassed V5- 6C
Gettin the Groove V1 5
Ginger Snap Direct V4+ 6B+
Goldenbond V5-6 6C+
Orbit V1-2 5
Roof Crack V4 6B
Roof Problem, The V4 6B
Sarchasm V4 6B
Slap Happy V0 4
Tedium V6+ 7A
Terminator Traverse V2-3 5+
Worm World V8 7B
Elevation: 2,494 ft
GPS: 38.517, -79.04 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Ronin Gray on Dec 2, 2009 with updates
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Jake Jones, Shawn Heath
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Description

A set of incredible boulders on top of a scenic knob just off Rte 33 W, about 15 miles W of Harrisonburg in Rawley Springs. Some hunter and ATV traffic, seasonally, but a beauty location especially in the late summer and fall.
Private property all along the old access road. Access from Rocky Run ATV trail is all on NF land. Details

Getting There

Take Rte 33W from Harrisonburg to Rawley Springs. Wind through the S curve above the river and look for 2nd Mtn Rd on your right. Pass this and look for Rocky Run about 100yds further on, on the R. follow RR to parking loop at end and hike upstream to find ATV trail on R bank. 45 minute hike to summit, 35 on the return. Trail can be rough or a bit loose and muddy. At end of trail (intersection with fire road), turn L and follow uphill for about 100 yds. boulders are obvious, sitting on R shoulder of road.

Note:
Hiking from Rocky Run parking loop to the intersection with the fire road takes about 30 minutes with an additional 15 up the fire road to reach the Satellite Boulder. (much more than 100 yards.)

According to the Dr. Topo guide, 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, though only a few minutes further up the fire road on the right.

The return trip from the Satellite Boulder to the Rocky Run parking loop takes about 35 minutes.

Second Mountain Boulders

Take Route 33 West out of town to Rawley Springs, passing the little store and rounding a large curve to pass Second Mountain Road.

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.

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EPurpur  
Is this area still legally accessible? I went to check it out recently and was met with a lot of "no tresspassing/ violators will be prosecuted" signs. I tried the approach advised here and the one in the old dr topo guide.

This includes for the rocky run parking lot detailed here.

Or maybe I am missing something? Oct 21, 2017
Ahh, sand-bagged mountain. I swung by for a stroll down memory lane. Looks like the new access has reduced traffic considerably. The area is extremely overgrown past the area from Satellite to the Bird. The old trail is pretty difficult to follow, though I imagine in winter it would be more straightforward. If you go check it out you may need hedge trimmers to MINIMALLY clear vegetation. Bring a stiff brush too. On a crisp day, second is top-notch climbing. Sep 24, 2017
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J.F  
Hiking from the Rocky Run parking loop to the fire road takes about 30 minutes. The boulders are an additional 10-15 minutes up the fire road. Jun 24, 2017
DCohen  
Dr. Topo rearranged their website, the topo is now available at drtopo.com/north-america/un… Mar 29, 2016
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Eric D   Gnarnia
The Dr. Topo link is broken. If anyone wants a copy of that guide message me here. Better yet, if someone has a place to upload it to, that would work best. Feb 16, 2016
bigdan  
The Dr. Topo guide is good there have been twenty or so good problems done in the area since it was put out, but there are still a lot of projects to go. If anybody is in the area and wants to get out there let me know. Mar 8, 2012
www.drtopo.com/submitted/2nd_mtn.pdf Jul 20, 2011

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