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Jon Hamilton Jared's Traverse V10 Satellite Bo...

Private property all along the old access road. Access from Rocky Run ATV trail is all on NF land. MORE INFO >>>

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 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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.3 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',6],['V6-7',4],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Rock Climbing Photo: Jon Hamilton on the Unnamed Roof Problem V4.
Jon Hamilton on the Unnamed Roof Problem V4.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jon Hamilton Worm World V8 Satellite Boulder.
Jon Hamilton Worm World V8 Satellite Boulder.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unnamed roof problem.
BETA PHOTO: Unnamed roof problem.
Rock Climbing Photo: Alternate beta to the start to the Unnamed Roof Pr...
Alternate beta to the start to the Unnamed Roof Pr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ridge Boulders Area: What I'm pretty sure is the C...
BETA PHOTO: Ridge Boulders Area: What I'm pretty sure is the C...
Rock Climbing Photo: Satellite Boulder. Main area
BETA PHOTO: Satellite Boulder. Main area
Rock Climbing Photo: The Northern wall of the Slopeback Boulder in the ...
BETA PHOTO: The Northern wall of the Slopeback Boulder in the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ridge Boulders Area: Sanctuary Wall. Really nice w...
BETA PHOTO: Ridge Boulders Area: Sanctuary Wall. Really nice w...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ridge Boulders Area: The Old Wall, as viewed from ...
BETA PHOTO: Ridge Boulders Area: The Old Wall, as viewed from ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Old Tree Boulder in Ridge Boulders Area. Easily id...
BETA PHOTO: Old Tree Boulder in Ridge Boulders Area. Easily id...
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper Ridge Area: Pyramid Boulder. The hand crack ...
BETA PHOTO: Upper Ridge Area: Pyramid Boulder. The hand crack ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ridge Boulders Area: The Prickly Boulder.
BETA PHOTO: Ridge Boulders Area: The Prickly Boulder.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ridge Boulders Area: The Nose Boulder, located dir...
BETA PHOTO: Ridge Boulders Area: The Nose Boulder, located dir...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joey Bosley on Left Overs Variation Two Dyno V5.
Joey Bosley on Left Overs Variation Two Dyno V5.
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper Boulders Area: Turtle Boulder, viewed from t...
BETA PHOTO: Upper Boulders Area: Turtle Boulder, viewed from t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Arete/crack climb. Sandbag V3
Arete/crack climb. Sandbag V3
Rock Climbing Photo: Ridge Boulders Area: What I'm pretty sure is the l...
BETA PHOTO: Ridge Boulders Area: What I'm pretty sure is the l...

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By Andrew Cassidy
Jul 20, 2011
www.drtopo.com/submitted/2nd_mtn.pdf
By bigdan
Mar 8, 2012
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.
By Eric D
From: Gnarnia
Feb 16, 2016
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.
By DCohen
Mar 29, 2016
Dr. Topo rearranged their website, the topo is now available at drtopo.com/north-america/unite...
By J.F
Jun 24, 2017
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.
By Clinton Miller
Sep 24, 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.

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