Climbing in/near Bull Run Mountains?

  • Tuesday, January 09, 2018 10:20 AM
    Message # 5668957

    On drives back to DC from Shenandoah, I have noticed what appears to be a significant outcrop of light-colored rock visible from eastbound Route 66 (visible from near mile marker 34 where 66 crosses Highway 55 near Broad Run). From a cursory examination of Google Maps, it appears to me that the outcrop may be in the Bull Run Mountains. There are no listed climbs in that area in Mountain Project. Does anyone know of established routes on that formation? Are the outcrops open for climbing? Thanks for any information you can provide.


  • Tuesday, January 09, 2018 11:37 AM
    Reply # 5669189 on 5668957


    Most certainly you saw the Bull Run climbing area.  There are quite a few climbing routes on it.  Many of them were established years ago, including one I did a first assent--"The Sickle". However,  it has been closed to climbers (and hikers) since The Nature Conservancy acquired the property in the late 1980's (or there about).  (Although, I understand locals on motorcycles and ORVs run the trails even though they are not allowed.)

    This brings up an interesting question.  About 3-4 years ago I heard that PATC was talking with The Nature Conservancy about doing a cleanup on Bull Run.  The MS section discussed the idea that we could "piggyback" on there effort and reestablish climbing on Bull Run.  Does anyone know if any progress has been made on that effort?  Is there anyone in the club who lives closer to Bull Run and would like to investigate this further (or perhaps lead an effort to reestablish climbing there?


  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:01 AM
    Reply # 5675838 on 5668957

    I would love to see climbing return to Bull Run.  I live in Warrenton so I have quick access to the area.  I drive through the area almost daily when out seeing appointments.  I know very little about access negotiations but would be willing to help in any way.  I'm constantly sad when I drive by and know that the crag is so close and so unavailable.  There is definitely a small group of rouge local climbers that still sneak around in that area but I have never been up there.  If anyone knows where we should start with this please advise me.  There is apparently also rock south of 66 in that area on the backside of some camp.  I also have not been there yet as it's a bit of bushwacking and only a few people have permission to go there.  



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