Elevation: 2,478 ft
GPS: 38.517, -79.038 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Mike Gray on Dec 2, 2009 · Updates
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath
Access Issue: Private property all along the old access road. DO NOT BLOCK GATES OR DRIVEWAYS. Details

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.

Getting There

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

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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