Bearfence Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Page County and Greene County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 3,294 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 461 feet. The Bearfence Mountain parking is near the trailhead. Bearfence Mountain (elevation 3,553 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also viewpoints along the trail.
Bearfence Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Johnny Molloy, Top Trails Shenandoah National Park (Wilderness Press).
"This short hike offers a 360-degree view and a real rock scramble toward the summit."
--Bert and Jane Gildart, Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Jennifer Chambers , Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
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