Halfmoon Lookout Trail

Elevation Gain3,172ft
Trailhead Elevation2,688ft
Elevation Min/Max1825/3124ft
Elevation Start/End2688/2688ft

Halfmoon Lookout Trail

Halfmoon Lookout Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Virginia and West Virginia. It is within George Washington National Forest - Lee district. It is 8.3 miles long and begins at 2,688 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,172 feet. Along the trail there are a spring and a camp site. This trail connects with the following: Racer Camp Hollow Trail, Pond Run Trail and Wolfgap .

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin
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"Climb high to enjoy an eagle’s eye of Trout Run Valley from the north, taking in Big Schloss and Tibbet Knob. The trickiest part of this hike is certainly the beginning. From the sign marking the start of Bucktail Trail, walk into the woods a few yards on an orange-blazed forest road. The trail broadens into a clearing, but follow the blazes, which lead left. Keep your eyes peeled for the pink-blazed footpath on your right at 0.2 mile: this is Bucktail Cutoff Trail, which heads east along the foot of Halfmoon Mountain for about 2.5 miles." Read more

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Done a shorter version of this trail totaling about 6.5 miles. Parked at the Halfmoon Mountain trailhead off VA 23/10 Trout Run Road and started the hike there. We started on flat, grassy terrain but it gets steeper and rockier as you hiking up. Very much enjoyed it.

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Trail Information

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Lee Ranger District (www.fs.usda.gov/main/gwj; 540-984-4101)
Local Contacts
Map F: Great North Mountain—North Half of George Washington National Forest, Lee Ranger District—Virginia and West Virginia (PATC)
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Dec 2018