Trayfoot Mountain and Paine Run Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The stretch along the ridgeline is one of the nicest in the park, and one of the highlights comes early—the near-360-degree views from Blackrock.
The Trayfoot Mountain and Paine Run Loop is another excellent example of southern Shenandoah National Park’s rugged hiking. This route starts and ends with a climb, making it a good hike if you’re looking for a challenge. Save your energy for the end, however; the trail climbs steadily for more than 3.0 miles back to the parking lot.
From the parking lot, cross Skyline Drive and look for the concrete post marking the Appalachian Trail (AT). Turn left onto the white-blazed AT and start to follow it uphill. The trail will cross Skyline Drive again, and continue on its steady climb. Stay straight on the AT, passing an intersection with a spur trail at 0.7 mile."