"The name Bearfence Mountain Rock Scramble is not only an intriguing moniker; it also conjures up images of scaling dangerous boulders on the side of a cliff. Yes, this is an exciting trek that requires the use of hands and feet in a few places, but it is neither dangerous nor difficult and can be done by all but the youngest and oldest of Shenandoah trail trekkers.
Just go when the rock is dry, take your time, and be willing to give or ask for help from your fellow hikers if a spot or two seems tough, although one can easily execute the scramble without aid." Read more
"This short hike offers a 360-degree view and a real rock scramble toward the summit." Read more
"This short hike features a 360-degree view and a real rock scramble toward the summit. Bearfence Mountain (3,620 feet) is one of several summits in the park that command a complete panoramic view. Once you have reached the top, you are able to see Massanutten Mountain and the Shenandoah Valley to the west and Laurel Gap, Fork Mountain, and Bluff Mountain to the east. In the short hike from the parking lot to the summit, you pass through the sandstone of the Swift Run Formation, capped by Catoctin basalt. Hiking to the summit requires some degree of coordination. Though expertise in rock climbing is not necessary, you need some dexterity to maneuver through jumbled rocks. In some cases, you may find yourself scooting along on your bottom." Read more
"The Bearfence Trail loop offers a challenging and engaging hike with a rock scramble to 360-degree views on its ridge. On a clear day, you can see the Shenandoah peaks from north to south and east to west, in addition to the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Piedmont Plateau to the east." Read more
"This short hike is not a true loop but rather a figure eight. You will hike over a very rough section of trail to the rocky top of Bearfence Mountain, which offers fine views of Skyline Drive, the surrounding mountains, and the valley.
The Bearfence Mountain Loop is listed as a moderate hike because it is short, but the climbs involve using your hands, as well as your feet, to scramble over the rocks. In the summer, naturalist-led hikes leave from the parking area. If you are interested in going on one, check with the park for times and dates." Read more