Inspecting True Grit Boulder at the Contact Statio...
This area is host to many GHSP classics. Park at the Park Office (drinks, snacks, GHSP Guidebooks and maps, Chalk, brushes, and rental crash pads!), and walk the Split Rock Bouldering Trail (GHSP's new & official State Park bouldering tail!). You will reach the Contact Station Boulders within a minute's time. This cluster is home to several of the parks most popular climbs.
Further down the trail you will reach a point where you can drop off to the left on a spur trail to the Alchemy Area. Here you will find several shorter, but fun boulders with many problems to choose from.
Continue along the Split Rock Trail and you will walk through a small meadow leading back to the parking lot and Park Office!
As you pull into the park you have to pay three dollars (at the peak season) as you drive past the little pay station which is called "The Contact Station". There will be a bigger building with a parking lot to the left directly after this and this is the Park Office.
The Split Rock Bouldering Trail begins at the top of the small hill to the left of the Park Office building (find the small green electric box, behind that are two huge trees. Between the trees is the trailhead). This is a 1.3 mile loop trail that leads directly back to the parking lot.
-To get to the Contact Boulder walk down the road and take a left down the gravel road with the DO NOT ENTER sign (I assure you it is approved to climb down here, just donít drive your car). Once you reach the point where the road splits, walk downhill diagonally to the rocky looking portion. As you walk down to it, you only see the backside of the boulder.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Contact Station Area:
Sit start same as "Copperhead" (v3) on large jugs with a left heel hook. Move straight up to a solid flake and then out right to a rail/flake. Work your feet to the right and use a heel on the start holds before starting the traverse, moving far right to a flat crimp. Lower your feet down into the crack area before bringing your left hand down to a crimp. From there bump up with your right or go big for the jug on the right side of the crack. The rest is jugs the whole way to the top out. ...[more]Browse More Classics in VA