Hiking Shenandoah National Park
by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Bert & Jane Gildart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
We really enjoyed this hike - there were no overlooks, per se, but you got a good view through the trees. We hiked clockwise, and I think this was the best choice - from the 2.2 mile where the loop started we had a steepish-but-not-miserable uphill to the top of rocky mount, then a long downhill and that last 400-foot very steep (wouldn't have enjoyed going down that!) climb back to the starting point of the loop.
We usually say that it seems the ratings on these are written to the lowest common denominator, but this truly earned its "strenuous" rating. It took the two of us fit adults 4.5 hours, with a couple of short breaks.
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