"The dual peaks of Mount Marshall loom large over Shenandoah’s northern district. With summits above 3,000 feet and open rock cliff-tops, North and South Marshall offer inspired views west over the Shenandoah Valley as you trek along the Appalachian Trail. Their counterpoint is an equally inspired view eastward from the craggy boulders that punctuate aptly named The Peak, accessed via the Bluff Trail.
This steep-sided mountain, crowned with billion-year-old granite, measures just under 3,000 feet in elevation. The rugged ascent—1,000 feet in just over 0.5 mile, on a trail no longer maintained by the park service—makes it one of Shenandoah’s lesser known, but more-demanding, climbs. This 16-mile hike links these peaks and the breathtaking gorge carved by Big Devil Stairs, capturing what makes Shenandoah National Park so popular: great views, waterfalls, and woodland trails." Read more