Hiking Shenandoah National Park
by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Bert & Jane Gildart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
OMG another trail where the reviews are all for the wrong trail!!! The reviews here are all for Bearfence Mountain, a short strenuous nearby, not this 7.4 mile hike! If you want solitude, a wide range of scenery, and interesting historical site this is the hike for you. We didn't find this trail too strenuous--make sure you take hiking poles though because it can be slick. We went in summer where they let us in the Rapidan Camp buildings and gave an interpretive talk. Very interesting--one of our presidents stayed here regularly!! Plus the Hawksbill Summit (DON'T MISS THE SMALL SPUR TRAIL TO THE LEFT AT 5.3 MILES!!!) is gorgeous and you'll have it all to yourself even in the summer. Specatular trail with light traffic. Everyone will find something special for themselves on this wonderful wilderness trail.
I think it was the most fun I've had hiking in Shenandoah National Park. The rock scramble near the summit is great and it's a nice change of pace after hiking other trails all day. This trail reminds me of a rollercoaster - it's a lot of fun and you get a big rush, but it's over almost as soon as it starts. I enjoyed it so much that when I finished I hiked it a second time.
Took the hike early in the morning starting out just before sunrise. The hike is indeed short but difficult involving some nice scrambles over large boulders. If you enjoy the challenges involved with rock scrambling this is a great little hike. The view atop these boulders was outstanding especially in the early morning light which was golden red. If you have the time you can extend this hike by taking the Bearfence Loop trail that you will come to about .6 miles along the route.
This trail was incredible! I was scared to death once I got to the top , but it was beautiful and worth it. They are not kidding when they say rocky scramble. It's a relatively short trail, but steep. You need to be surefootted and not carry too much.
Incredible view. Interesting climb. I highly recommend it. Bought the eTrail - pretty cool! It's the trail directly from the guidebook. Now it's on my computer forever so I can print it again! :)
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