Brown Mountain–Rocky Mountain Run Lariat

Elkton, Virginia

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Enjoy a hike across two mountain peaks, dropping down to cross the park’s largest stream. Hikes through this portion of the park not only offer extraordinary views but also provide glimpses into the park’s geological past. Along Brown Mountain, sandstone is embedded with 500-million-year-old fossil worm holes. Below Brown Mountain, fire engulfed the area in 1986, and today’s hikers have the opportunity to observe firsthand just how quickly nature can regenerate herself. Carry plenty of water, especially in summer. The trail begins in a relatively open and dry site in the midst of a field of raspberries and begins to descend almost immediately.Within 0.7 mile you encounter the first cement post.Aluminum bands herald the return of the Rocky Mountain Run Trail from the left, but you remain on the Brown Mountain Trail, going right.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

Enjoy a hike across two mountain peaks, dropping down to cross the park’s largest stream. Hikes through this portion of the park not only offer extraordinary views but also provide glimpses into the park’s geological past. Along Brown Mountain, sandstone is embedded with 500-million-year-old fossil worm holes. Below Brown Mountain, fire engulfed the area in 1986, and today’s hikers have the opportunity to observe firsthand just how quickly nature can regenerate herself. Carry plenty of water, especially in summer.


The trail begins in a relatively open and dry site in the midst of a field of raspberries and begins to descend almost immediately.Within 0.7 mile you encounter the first cement post.Aluminum bands herald the return of the Rocky Mountain
Run Trail from the left, but you remain on the Brown Mountain Trail, going right.

© 2016 Bert & Jane Gildart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elkton
Distance: 10.1
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 to 11 hours
Season: Spring to Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 feet
Top Elevation: 3,200 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 11, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, South District
Driving Directions: Directions to Brown Mountain–Rocky Mountain Run Lariat

Recent Trail Reviews

7/11/2015
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The first several miles were great. Awesome views and periodic challenges. The switchbacks on the way up were a special challenge.



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