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
"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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