Sunset Area Rock Climbing
Aaron Parlier on Sunset Arête
This place is beautiful. It offers endless views, cool mornings and afternoons, a near constant breeze, and boulders to satisfy any taste. There are steep faces and slabs, lowballs and some of the highest concentration of thrilling highballs in the park.
This is also one of the furthest hikes in the park, taking around 30min to get to, but the views will occupy you time as you make the walk.
Once you get up to the Sunset Area, you will have the massive Sunset Boulder, the Lava Boulder, the Massie Boulder, and the Wilburn Waters Boulder to climb.
Plan to make visiting this area and the Horizon Area last all day, as you will likely end up staying there and enjoying the setting as much as the bouldering itself.
Follow specific boulderfield access/directions in the GHSP Bouldering Guidebook, or GHSP's Rakkup Guidebook App
Climbing Season For the Highland Bouldering Area area.
Weather station 6.1 miles from here
18 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Sunset Area
Sunset Arête V1 5 Virginia
: Grayson Highlands State Par...
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As you walk past the Highlands Highball, stay on the trail and walk for a short distance to the next set of rocky outcroppings in the close distance. As you walk up to the outcroppings, look to the left and an inclined, tall, highball face comes into view. This problem is the closest climbable line to the trail. It follows the arête edge to the first top point along the line and tops out there. Stand start, using the big hollow jug hand above your head. Heel hook and follow the long jug crack/r...[more] Browse More Classics in Virginia
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Jul 13, 2015
Get a guide book if you are planning to come out here. The Horizon area is easy to figure out, but in the warmer months there are just so many damn bushes and leafy trees near the Sunset area it can be hard to figure out which boulders people actually climb and which boulders just look pretty.