Bluff Mountain Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Bluff Mountain offers more views today than it did in the past. Sadly, most of the spruce trees that covered much of the summit have died, but this has opened up a wonderful vista onto the mountains framing the Shenandoah Valley.
Also on the mountaintop is a plaque in memory of Ottie Cline Powell, a youth who wandered away from school and died in the mountains. The plaque tells his sad tale. You can also make a 0.4-mile side trip to Punchbowl Shelter, which has an idyllic setting on the side of a small pond. This relatively short hike takes you up a steady climb of more than 1,100 feet. The ascent could be listed as strenuous, but the Trail is graded well and the climb is short."