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Listening Rock Trail  


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Submitted By: Aaron James Parlier on Sep 11, 2011
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Parlier on the FA of The Great Escape, SLS Area

Description 

OPEN FOR THE SEASON


The Listening Rock Boulders (LRT) are one of the most easily accessible bouldering areas in Grayson with an approach of less than a minute to the first boulder, and a developed hiking trail to nearly every boulder after that. The loop trail that the boulders line meanders past two lookouts in which you can see, unobstructed, for miles and miles into VA and NC.

The Listening Rock Bouldering Area is without a doubt one of the top areas in Grayson. The LRT is home to some of the most classic, elegant, and mesmerizing problems the park has to offer. Don't hike down from the parking-lot, but instead walk up to the concrete walkway where there is a mowed and wooded meadow, boardwalk and lookout with picnic tables and grills sitting conveniently beside the first boulders (Bi-lingual, Greenstreet, Lingual Arete and more problems which are right next to the tables). this is the start of the boulder field, and the loop will hike down and follow back up to the bottom parking lot. the LRT offers problems for anyone who visits, from the beginner to the advanced, with classics like "Bi- Lingual" (V-1/2), Tigerside (v5), Beastmaker and Escape From Alcatraz(v7s), and "SLS" (V-9). The top area, before the trail makes a tight, sharp turn, is called the Overlook Area. Past the loop, the next cluster of boulders is called the SLS area which follows a string of boulders, past the large SLS loop and down to the steep Shang-Hi Boulder. After that there will be a boulderless stretch of trail until you reach another cluster called the Autumn Area. After Autumn, the trail hikes back uphill to the parking lot and the Trail's End Area.

This loop trail has likely been bouldered for years, but until a few years ago, it seemed the stone had never been touched. The LRT is a must-visit area and will not disappoint. this area is closed during the winter after the first snow, so enjoy it as much as you can during the three open seasons...

Be sure to scope out more information, videos, pictures, and problem description on GHSP Bouldering: graysonhighlandsbouldering.com...

Getting There 

Drive into the park all the way to the visitorís center which is at the end of the park road. Park in the first parking spots you come to. From the parking lot, Follow specific boulderfield access/directions in the GHSP Bouldering Guidebook, or GHSP's Rakkup Guidebook App



Area Breakdown:
As you follow the LRT from the top lookout, you will come to specific areas in this order...

1: Overlook Area:

2: SLS Area:

3: Autumn Area:

4: Trail's End:

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.8 miles from here

207 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',40],['2 Stars',80],['1 Star',83],['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',43],['V2-3',97],['V4-5',40],['V6-7',21],['V8-9',3],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',3],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Listening Rock Trail:
Royal Jelly   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Overlook Area : Hive Boulder
The Hive   V3 6A     Boulder, 14'   Overlook Area : Hive Boulder
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Aaron James Parlier on the 2nd ascent of "SLS"

SLS Roof V10 7C+  VA : Grayson Highlands State Par... : ... : SLS Roof
S.L.S. Boulder: Classic! Shane Messer did the impressive First Ascent of this line in 2009. The problem then went two years without seeing another send until August 2011 when Aaron James Parlier gained the 2nd. Matt Bosley claimed the 3rd ascent on Sept 13th 2012."S.L.S" starts far, low, in the back of the large, overhead, ominous roof. Match hanging on the low rear ledge on the middle two "knobs" with a heel hook out right. Reach out to the first and then second pinches (same as "Nancy"). From ...[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

Photos of Listening Rock Trail Slideshow Add Photo
Parlier and Conor at the lookout at the Overlook Area, LRT
Parlier and Conor at the lookout at the Overlook A...
Aaron James Parlier on the 2nd ascent of SLS
Aaron James Parlier on the 2nd ascent of SLS
Parlier struggling on the FA of Brutal Business (Circa 2009)
Parlier struggling on the FA of Brutal Business (C...
Travis Melin on the FA of Crucifixion, V6, Overlook Area
Travis Melin on the FA of Crucifixion, V6, Overloo...
Aaron James Parlier sending Nexus, V7, Overlook Area
Aaron James Parlier sending Nexus, V7, Overlook Ar...
Steve Lovelace gettin' scrappy on Tiger Side, Overlook Area
Steve Lovelace gettin' scrappy on Tiger Side, Over...
Steve Lovelace on Locksmith, SLS Area
Steve Lovelace on Locksmith, SLS Area
Conor on The Hive, Overlook Area
Conor on The Hive, Overlook Area
Parlier on Autumnmated Roof, Autumn Area
Parlier on Autumnmated Roof, Autumn Area
One of the many amazing trees along growing around the LRT Area
One of the many amazing trees along growing around...
Ashley Parks on one of the many excellent lines on the Warm-Up Wall, Overlook Area
Ashley Parks on one of the many excellent lines on...
Travis Melin on Nexus, Overlook Area
Travis Melin on Nexus, Overlook Area
Matador (V4) on the Trail's End Boulder, Trail's End Area
Matador (V4) on the Trail's End Boulder, Trail's E...
Travis Horne on the FA of Pit-Fall Traverse, SLS Area
Travis Horne on the FA of Pit-Fall Traverse, SLS A...
A group of N.C. hillbillys bouldering under the MOW roof, SLS Area
A group of N.C. hillbillys bouldering under the MO...
Ashley Parks on the Warm-Up Wall, Overlook Area
Ashley Parks on the Warm-Up Wall, Overlook Area
Parlier on the FA of Brutal Business, Overlook Area
Parlier on the FA of Brutal Business, Overlook Are...
Aaron James Parlier on the topout of Nexus (V7), Overlook Area
Aaron James Parlier on the topout of Nexus (V7), O...
Travis "The Legend" Horne working Paladin, SLS Area
Travis "The Legend" Horne working Paladi...
Tyler using features on Surge, SLS Area
Tyler using features on Surge, SLS Area
Travis Melin on The Hive, Overlook Area
Travis Melin on The Hive, Overlook Area
Parlier on the FA of "Strength Generator"
Parlier on the FA of "Strength Generator"...

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