Trayfoot Mountain and Paine Run Loop

Ruckersville, Virginia 22968

Trayfoot Mountain and Paine Run Loop

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."

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"This wilderness loop hike passes by Blackrock Summit, ascends Trayfoot Mountain, and crosses a number of beautiful creeks. This is one of our favorite hikes because it threads through such a variety of land features. Take plenty of water for this hike, particularly if it’s a warm day. This hike begins at Blackrock Gap and climbs and reaches Blackrock at 1.3 miles, where it circles the jumble of rocks forming this spectacular mountain. Views from here are beautiful. At 1.4 miles the trail meets the Trayfoot Mountain Trail and dips between piles of boulders, where it levels for a short distance but quickly begins to climb to the summit of Trayfoot Mountain. After passing the summit of Trayfoot, the trail, which is generally level for about 0.2 mile, progresses along a ridge. The trail begins a sharp descent, passing back and forth across the ridge. About a mile from the summit (3.5 miles from the trailhead), the trail passes by a series of interesting rock outcroppings, then continues its general downhill course." Read more

Trayfoot Mountain and Paine Run Loop Reviews

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10/28/2018
Awesome hike
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4/25/2009
Nice hike. Did as an overnight. Run was nice and Blackrock is great but better hikes to access from ie Austin mountain, Furnace Mountain loop.
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Trail Information

Ruckersville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
9.2
Distance
2,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
5-6 hours
Duration
Park facilities are generally open from March through late November; a facilities schedule is online.
Season
Shenandoah National Park nps.gov/shen, 540-999-3500, 800-732-0911 [for emergencies])
Local Contacts
Map 11: Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park South District (PATC)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018