Mountain Lake Wilderness

Roanoke, Virginia 24050

Mountain Lake Wilderness

Mountain Lake Wilderness Professional Guide

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"This hike enters Mountain Lake Wilderness and quickly reaches Wind Rock and extensive views. Then the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) traverses a high plateau in a forest recalling New England."

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Hiking Virginia - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Mary Burnham
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"Geology lesson: Virginia did not have glaciers, hence there are really no natural lakes in the state. The largest lakes are actually man-made reservoirs. Virginia’s only true mountain lake is quite small and was formed by a fluke incident. It sits just outside this, the largest of all Virginia wilderness areas. And most of your climbing is done in the car getting here. Which is just fine, really, because this saves your breath for exploring upland bogs on Lone Pine Peak, slabs of Tuscarora sandstone on Salt Pond Mountain, and a red spruce glade on Potts Mountain. Trails through Mountain Lake Wilderness are well marked and maintained (the Appalachian Trail is the most-traveled route)." Read more
Five-Star Trails: Roanoke and the New River Valley, Virginia (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This hike enters Mountain Lake Wilderness and quickly reaches Wind Rock Lookout and extensive views. Then the Appalachian Trail traverses a high plateau in a forest recalling New England. The hike splits o? and heads for War Spur Lookout and more vistas. From there, you can backtrack or make a loop using the forest road upon which you drove to the trailhead. A third possibility is a short walk to Wind Rock and back." Read more

Mountain Lake Wilderness Reviews

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4/23/2011
I did this hike as an overnight loop starting late one afternoon and hiking only the short distance to the first overlook before camping. Due to a map reading error, I ended up hiking the 2 mile lower War Spur loop trail and then getting back in the car and driving to the upper parking lot to do an in and out hike to the white rocks overlook on Potts Mountain trail. (rather than hiking up the war spur connector trail which is called War Spur Branch Trail on the sign) Both of these hikes were very nice with a good amount of wildlife - warblers, chipmunks, other birds. A word of warning - the guide on this trail suggests that you might park a second car at the upper parking lot in order to shuttle and avoid hiking the last two miles on the road. However, this road is gravel, riddled with pot holes, and was completely impassable when I tried to drive up it due to erosion. I would not recommend driving past the first lot! The road is also littered with an unfortunate amount of trash. Other than that, the wilderness was beautiful and the views were great.
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Trail Information

Roanoke
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
10.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5-6 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
3,970 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,420 feet
Top Elevation
Hunting
Additional Use
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests: 540-552-4641, www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #787 Blacksburg/New River Valley; Appalachian Trail Conservancy Central VA Maps 3 and 4; USGS Interior and USGS Waiteville
Local Maps