Big Schloss Trail is a 16.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wardensville, WV that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
We went counter clockwise and think that is the best way to go. It leaves the better parts of the trail at the beginning and end. Overall a nice trail with some good views.
Saw quite a bit of vehicle traffic up along the ridgeline while we were making camp and falling asleep. Not quite what we had expected due to that. The trails were in good condition and there were quite a few campsites.
This trail was amazing. The best we've been to yet. We didn't do the entire loop, but we did the 4 ish mile trail up to the view point and back which was incredible. It was a beautiful day outside but windy when we got to the top. I would love to come back again next summer when we can camp in one of the sites near the top. It was well worth the trip from NJ to spend the weekend visiting here.
Did the 4.2 mile out and back to Big Schloss. Trail was is good shape and the weather was great--though a bit hot. My 5year old completed the hike without complaint and carrying a light pack. Don't think I would try a hike harder than this one with him for now. The views are quite nice as is the hike along the ridge top.
Beautiful views. Was fine for our family from 9-49
We did the 4.4 mile hike which was great, began with a great uphill section as well as 1 more uphill section right before the peak. Midway point has some rocks that offered some great views. Peak was wonderful and very worth it. Would like to do it again, very few hikers on the trail as well.
Loved this hike. Excellent payoff at the top, and a beautiful hike along the ridge on the way there. Also a few nice "caves" and other spots of interest along the way. The ridge contained a nice mix of highland grasses and wildflowers and offered several close range sightings of large birds of prey. Carrying two kids (ages 4 and 1) much of the way certainly made the hike a strenuous one. It was well worth it, but bringing the kiddos up this trail will definitely add some time to your trip. We saw a few small groups along the way, but this trail was really pretty sparsely populated while we were there... we had the summit all to ourselves when we arrived and spent 45 minutes having lunch without a single passerby. Definitely recommend.
Great views. Friendly people.
very nice climb... my glutes are feeling it
Good hike. Beautiful views.
I did the out and back to the Big Schloss view and it was just under 5 miles. The first mile is a pretty steep climb but then it evens out to some ridge walking. The view was amazing and definitely worth the effort.
This was an amazing hike. We started at Wolf Gap and hiked slightly over two miles to the Big Schloss. We then decided to continue another 3 1/2 miles to the natural springs. If you have the chance I wouldn't miss it. Previous posters stated there was good camping down near Stoney Creek but the camping was amazing near the springs. Flat ground, no widow makers, out of the wind, and lots of privacy even with other backpackers near by. We ran into several scout troops on the trip. All in all this is one of my all time favorite hikes. The beginning of the trail might be a little tough for a beginner but after the first half mile it really is a level 2 trail. I know the reviews say the views are really amazing but that is an understatement. Bring plenty water with you. You may have to travel 4-5 miles before you come across a water source. I’m doing this one again in the late spring. To see a video http://youtu.be/_-PciB3TmaM?list=PLgNP94vVrbP9Jc9MxKTqkHoWUDL4Ac-qQ
For a 7.5 mile excursion, we parked at Wolf Gap (smack dab on the WV/VA border) and hiked 1.6 mi. south to Tibbet Knob for a grand and quiet NW view of the Trout Run valley.(you can also see Big Schloss to the NE) Note: There are (2) minor scramble areas near the top.
We returned to Wolf Gap and hiked north to Big Schloss. After a .75 mile steep climb, the trail flattens out to a ridge spine that offers expansive views to the east. Follow the signs to Big Schoss and marvel at the bridge that connects rock outcroppings at the top.
In hindsight, the views from Tibbet Knob isn't quite as spectacular as Big Schloss but at Tibbet we were alone and could hear the rustling of a deer under the picturesque overlook and the call of a hawk overhead, which would have been drowned out by chatter at Big Schloss.
The Big Schloss trail from Wolf Gap is a moderate 4.4 miles round trip, 1100 feet elevation gain in 2.1 miles. Went mid-August with friends and had picnic lunch on the rocks. Wonderful views.