"Winding its way between the steep cliffs of the gorge, Little Devils Stairs is a classic Virginia climb renowned for its wildness and it backcountry feel, though it is just steps away from the Appalachian Trail and Skyline Drive. In its first 2.0 miles, Little Devils Stairs Trail takes you on one of the most picturesque climbs in the Shenandoah as it twists and turns past waterfalls, steep rock faces, rockfalls, and dark forests. And climb it will—about 1,600 feet.
At points the trail will be steep (as much as a 45 percent grade, though that stretch is mercifully short) and slick. At times, the trail is also co-located with the creek, especially if the mountains are at all wet. In fact, if there’s been much
rain or if there’s any chance of ice, be cautious on this hike."