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Lauren L. on Sugarloaf Loop Trail
Easy trail, lovely at this time of year! The leaves were vibrant and contrasted amazingly with the bright blue sky. We started where these directions had us drive to at Rattlesnake point overlook. From there we started on the Appalachian trail and then turned left onto Piney trail, then left on pole bridge link trail, left onto Sugarloaf trail which looped us back to the Appalachian trail and back to our starting point. The trail is pretty clearly marked you just have to remember to keep turning left, therefore completing the loop. But we passed many people so I think others start from another way but we enjoyed this way which brought us downhill and then up to the top of the ridge on the Appalachian trail. The slope is very gradual making this a very simple hike.
Absolutely beautiful! After I parked, I started my walk to the trail. I saw quite a few "no trespassing" signs on either side of the road, which made me nervous, but I continued on straight and I found the trail. The trail is public, and marked with blue lines on the trees so you know you're still on the right track.
There was 1 other person on the trail by the "pools". After chatting with her, I found out she lives there. She was impressed I found it, but the directions were spot on!
Quiet, peaceful forest views. On a nice day in September I had the trail to myself, no chatter and no crowds. Good view of the valley. Many spiderwebs when you are on a less-traveled path. The dog handled it fine and enjoyed the trickles of water to drink along the way.
A fun and scenic short trail. 1 mile to the T. A short walk uphill to the right leads you to a rocky overlook and a short downhill walk to the left takes you past more of the large rock formations. A moderate hike considering rocky terrain and elevation but short enough for dogs or kids to handle it just fine. The Google maps app will take you too far south on Skyline Dr. You want to park near the sign that says Compton pass. Once in the park, use the map on the AllTrails app and you will get right where you want to go.
My friends and I were looking forward to a moderate hike for a few hours but we were actually kind of disappointed. I don't know what trail people are going on that is several miles, but if you go up and park in the east or west parking lot, it's a very short hike (took us like 10 mins) up to the top of the mountain. We ended up parking at the very bottom of the mountain and the walk up on the road was the longest part. We went up to watch the sunset and it was very beautiful, we were just disappointed by the brevity of our hike up.
Trail was quiet, no other people. It's a low incline up for the first half of the trail loop. I would classify this as easy rather than moderate. No particular viewpoints, but easy path and well maintained. Would be good for mountain biking as well as walking. Surrounding campgrounds look nice. Parking lot large, well maintained bathrooms at trailhead and river access for a swim post hike.
Really rocky hike with lots of uphill climbing. About a mile in, we ran into overall run pools which is an awesome place to go swimming. On the rest of the hike, we ran into three more waterfalls, one of them being the tallest one in the Shenandoah National Forest. We even saw a bear! Take plenty of water and a snack.
Second time on the trail. First time hiking down to the rock formations - very neat! It was a steep climb down. I had to take my time in certain spots because there was water flowing on the trail; which made it slippery in certain areas. The view from the summit is always amazing. It's a quick hike that I enjoy starting off with after entering the park. Beautiful views on a clear day.