Trayfoot Mountain–Paine Run Loop

Grottoes, Virginia

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This wilderness loop hike passes by Blackrock Summit, ascends Trayfoot Mountain, and crosses a number of beautiful creeks. This is one of our favorite hikes because it threads through such a variety of land features. Take plenty of water for this hike, particularly if it’s a warm day. This hike begins at Blackrock Gap and climbs and reaches Blackrock at 1.3 miles, where it circles the jumble of rocks forming this spectacular mountain. Views from here are beautiful. At 1.4 miles the trail meets the Trayfoot Mountain Trail and dips between piles of boulders, where it levels for a short distance but quickly begins to climb to the summit of Trayfoot Mountain. After passing the summit of Trayfoot, the trail, which is generally level for about 0.2 mile, progresses along a ridge. The trail begins a sharp descent, passing back and forth across the ridge. About a mile from the summit (3.5 miles from the trailhead), the trail passes by a series of interesting rock outcroppings, then continues its general downhill course.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

This wilderness loop hike passes by Blackrock Summit, ascends Trayfoot Mountain, and crosses a number of beautiful creeks. This is one of our favorite hikes because it threads through such a variety of land features. Take plenty of water for this hike, particularly if it’s a warm day.

This hike begins at Blackrock Gap and climbs and reaches Blackrock at 1.3 miles, where it circles the jumble of rocks forming this spectacular mountain. Views from here are beautiful. At 1.4 miles the trail meets the Trayfoot Mountain Trail and dips between piles of boulders, where it levels for a short distance but quickly begins to climb to the summit of Trayfoot Mountain. After passing the summit of Trayfoot, the trail, which is generally level for about 0.2 mile, progresses along a ridge. The trail begins a sharp descent, passing back and forth across the ridge. About a mile from the summit (3.5 miles from the trailhead), the trail passes by a series of interesting rock outcroppings, then continues its general downhill course.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grottoes
Distance: 9.6
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 to 10 hours
Season: Spring to Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: 3,300 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 Trayfoot Mountain–Paine Run Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

4/25/2009
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Nice hike. Did as an overnight. Run was nice and Blackrock is great but better hikes to access from ie Austin mountain, Furnace Mountain loop.


5/1/2004
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