About Judy Gap:
As you descend into Germany Valley, winding down towards the turn-off to Nelson Rocks, Judy Gap is an unmistakeable landmark on your trip. Stone spires jut out of the trees on the north side of Rte 33, just a few tenths of a mile up the road from the intersection with Route 28 South, impossible to miss.
There is a large pullout for parking, capable of accomodating several 18-wheelers (and unfortunately subject to the same dumping of furniture, household trash, and human waste- watch your step). Break-ins haven't been a problem in the past, but "out of sight, out of mind" is a good mantra to follow anywhere that you're climbing out of sight or quick hike to your car.
The towers, fins, and faces of Judy Gap are just a short, steep, rather loose and wandering hike up through the trees, and offer climbs from 5.5 to 5.12+; aid, sport, and trad lines in all shapes, sizes and lengths. It's a little like Nelson, but FREE, and FAR less likely to have a crowd waiting to repeat a fave line.
Route-finding skills and personal judgment are prerequisites in this place, as well as a strong commitment to the idea that discretion is the better part of valor; storm retreat or rescue of an injured climbers from the upper reaches of Judy Gap can make the idea of crawling down Seneca with a compound fracture seem attractive and easy.
|Nearest town or city:||Circleville|
|Directions:||To reach Judy Gap from the east (Interstate 81), take US 33 West 30 miles, across Shenandoah Mountain, to reach Brandywine, West Virginia. Turn right and stay on US 33 W and continue for 11.7 miles, crossing South Fork Mountain to reach the intersection of WV Route 220 and US 33W at the light in Franklin, WV. Turn right on US 33W/WV 220N, follow 0.6 miles, and turn left on US 33W just north of Thompsonís Motel and a gas station. Continue on US 33W for 12.9 miles, crossing North Fork Mountain (backpacking access and parking for the North Fork Trail just before and after the summit) and passing the Germany Valley Overlook, Bland Hills Road and an old church, all on the right, before finally descending into the Gap. Look for the obvious fins on the north or right side of the road, and park in the large gravel pullout, being sure to leave room for other cars and tractor trailer rigs, which frequently use this spot to cool their brakes.
To reach the Gap from the West (Seneca Rocks), take US 33 West/WV 28 South 10.7 miles from the 3-way intersection at Seneca Rocks, passing through Riverton and following the river south through Germany Valley. Just before the Gap, cross a bridge over the North Fork and pass the Circleville turn-off of WV 28 South on the right. Pull into the large gravel lot on the left side of the road directly below the towers and fins of the Gap.
From the North (Corridor H/Route 55) Head south on U.S. Route 220 S/W Virginia 28 S toward W Virginia 55 W for 13.5 miles, passing through Moorefield to reach Petersburg. Turn right onto W Virginia 28 S/N Main St at the light in Petersburg. Follow WV 28 S out of town, through another light (WV 42W) and continue south 22 miles to Seneca Rocks. Proceed as per instructions from Seneca Rocks.
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