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    Raphine, Virginia

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    Virginia Beach, VA
    Pathfinder | 140 pts
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    10/13/2012
    My son and I hiked Tye River to Reid’s Gap for a and overnighter on our continuation of the AT through VA. We frequent the Mau-Har trail as an in-out overnighter on several occasions to "tune-up' for more difficult hikes as the season progresses. The AT up to Reid’s Gap can be difficult but staying overnight at Maupin Field makes it a leisurely affair with a few exceptions. Great views on the AT and while the Mau-Har doesn’t really have the views, Campbell’s Creek is usually running well and the sound of the rushing water makes a good nighttime tranquilizer. Plenty of existing cap sites/fire rings on Mau-Har beside the falls.
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    Churchill, VA
    Pathfinder | 115 pts
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    4/25/2009
    Great overnight hike with nice vistas of the valley and plenty of water sources. Hike up the ridges can be a bit strenuous, but use the time to take in the scenery.
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    Newport News, VA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    9/6/2005
    Did the trail in the opposite direction starting at Reed's Gap. Beautiful scenery and great camp sites but extremely challenging terrain. This is a very hard hike.

    Wonderfully uncrowded--Labor Day weekend and only saw two other groups of hikers. The Harper's Creek shelter is especially nice, located right on the Creek.
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    Virginia Beach, VA
    Explorer | 21 pts
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    9/13/2003
    A really good trail. With a pack it took about 4 hours for the 6 miles up (including stops for pics, etc.). There were a quite a few overlooks but most were obscured by cloud cover. It also took about 4 hours for the 8 mi. decent using the mau-har trail. This trail had many great views of waterfalls along the way.

    Note: The mile by mile description in "Hike Virginia" is pretty close, but the elevation graph was off by hundreds of feet at times.

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    Suffolk, VA
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    3/1/2001

    This was a beautiful hike around and around three ridges mountain. My dog and I spent 3 hours going up and 1.5 hours coming down. Their is a shelter about halfway up where a nice cup of tea can be made with a little burner. Just up the way there is a rock where you can sit and have lunch a take a view of Charlottesville, stunning!
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    Trail Information

    Raphine
    Nearby City
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    13.2
    Distance
    4,914 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Loop/Lollipop
    Trail Type
    Difficult
    Skill Level
    6-7 hours
    Duration
    Hunting, Camping
    Additional Use
    Waterfalls, Views
    Features
    George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger Districts (www.fs.usda.gov/main/gwj; 540-291-2188)
    Local Contacts
    Trails Illustrated: Lexington/Blue Ridge Mountains, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Map 789 (National Geographic)
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