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Indian Graves Ridge Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,351'
Location: 38.8099, -78.4035 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: K Baumgartner on Nov 26, 2012
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This is a secluded East (edited) facing area that enjoys sun all day long. IGR is a great destination for cooler, sunnier weather.

IGR features trad, sport, and mixed climbing on sandstone.

Getting There 

From Front Royal, take 340 south towards Luray for about 23 miles. Before you reach Luray, stay straight on Broad Street (340 S), then take a right onto Mechanic Street. Mechanics Street then becomes Bixlers Ferry Rd, which you follow for about 3 miles. After crossing the Shenendoah, turn right onto S Page Valley Rd.

Drive for several miles, staying on S Page Valley Rd, which will go slightly uphill. Look for the Indian Graves Ridge trail sign and turn left into the "parking" space. If you crest the hill, and then go down and see the river on your right, you've gone too far. There is a national forest style looking bathroom on the right side that appears to be closed in the winter.

From the parking area, follow the purple blazes for about 45-60 minutes. You'll reach a plateau, which is about 2/3rds of the way there. Continue all the way to you see the white rocks on the right (or you reach nearly the top of the ridge). There will be white blazes and a wooden sign on a pseudo trail veering right.

Climbing Season

For the Shenandoah & NW VA Region area.

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Indian Graves Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Indian Graves Ridge:
Just This Side of AARP   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   IGR East side
Premature Ecrakulation   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   IGR East side
Bird Shit Overhang   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   IGR East side
Birth, School, Work, Death   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   IGR East side
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Featured Route For Indian Graves Ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoy this short but sweet route.

Premature Ecrakulation 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Virginia : Shenandoah & NW VA Region : ... : IGR East side
This is a sweet finger crack that begs to be longer. Start on the ledge and climb the crack nearly to the top where it becomes a bit blank before reaching the anchors. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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Rock Climbing Photo: Climb nearly to the top of the ridge, turn right a...
Climb nearly to the top of the ridge, turn right a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Turn left here into the parking area.
Turn left here into the parking area.

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By Aaron Parlier
From: Boone, NC
Nov 27, 2012
This is great! Thanks for adding this area, looks like a wonderful crag!
By Andy Weinmann
From: Silver Spring, MD
Jun 27, 2013
IGR actually faces East and catches sun most of the day. Great fall/winter crag. The two areas should be South and North, with nearly all the routes on the North side. There are two on the South side that I know of.
By Jen Shriber
From: Atlanta, GA
Mar 9, 2014
Ended up missing the sign and hiking way out of our way when we visited Indian Graves on Saturday. If you reach a long, sustained uphill part of the purple blazed trail, you've gone too far!
By JoshElder
From: Richmond VA
Dec 4, 2016
The "Indian Graves Trail" sign is no longer there. Look for a wooden post where the sign used to be on the left, about a mile after the road turns to gravel.

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