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The closest climbing crag to a trailhead at Old Rag (that is, if you're coming from the Berry Hollow side). It's about a 2 mile hike.

Good quality trad, sport, and toprope.

This northwest facing cliff is out of the sun for a good share of the day. As such, it is one of the better options for climbing at Old Rag in the summertime.

Getting There 

From Berry Hollow, head up to the Saddle Trail. Continue past the Old Rag Shelter till the trail winds through a two-story boulder and shortly thereafter reaches the first set of stone steps.

A little way up the steps, where the path takes a right turn, there is a climbers trail on the left, marked by a cairn (and a fallen log, parallel to the trail -- see the comments section). Follow the trail for 100 meters, until it turns uphill near a slight ridge. Follow the trail uphill for 150 meters and then take a left through a break in the rock. Follow the trail to the Lower Sunset Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sunset Walls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sunset Walls:
Frigid Air   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Middle Sunset Wall
Phil's Solo   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   Lower Sunset Wall
Mosaic   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Middle Sunset Wall
Sunset Crack   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Sunset Wall
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Sunset Crack 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  Virginia : Shenandoah & NW VA Region : ... : Lower Sunset Wall
You'll know this one when you see it. Follow a hand crack in a shallow, left facing corner as it thins and tapers off to nothing on the face above. Step up and right, clip a bolt, and head for the top. Tape up!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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By Alex McKenzie
May 26, 2014
As of May 26, 2014, the climbers trail starts where a large tree trunk has fallen parallel to the saddle trail. My partner and I put a cairn up where the start of the trail should go. You may still have to keep an eye out for it. The fallen tree trunk confused the hell out of us and we bushwacked/GPS until we finally found the trail.
By Simon Kwok
Sep 10, 2015
The cairns don't seem to be at the beginning of the trail anymore. My partner wandered around for a while to find the trail. The log is a great marker and the "trail" leads into a bunch of boulders. Pay attention to the lack of lichen on some of the boulders and that's the way to take... Cairns will eventually mark the trail.

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