Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is three miles long and begins at 3,263 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,911 feet. The trail ends near Old Rag Mountain (elevation 3,274 feet). There are also restrooms and cliffs near the end of the trail.
Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide
"There are several routes scattered about the small cliffs along the Ridge Trail near the 10-foot, 4th-class downclimb (a.k.a. the Ridge Trail “bottleneck”). The two routes described in the previous edition, Ridge Trail Direct (5.12b/c) and The Stud (5.8-), are now missing bolt hangers. Given the volume of hikers that pass beneath these routes, it’s probably best not to toprope (or rebolt) these lines. There are certainly many other route possibilities off either side of this section of the Ridge Trail if you’re willing to explore a little."
--Eric J. Horst and Stewart M. Green, Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland (Falcon Guides).
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