Hazel Mountain, Sam's Ridge, White Rocks Loop

SCHWER 41 Bewertungen
#57 von 199 Wegen in

Hazel Mountain, Sam's Ridge, White Rocks Loop ist ein 10.5 Meilen langer, wenig besuchter Rundweg in der Nähe von Sperryville, Virginia. Er führt entlang eines Flusses, durch schönen Wald und es gibt einen Wasserfall und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als schwierig einzustufen. Hier kann hervorragend gewandert und ein Ausflug in die Natur unternommen werden. Hunde sind erlaubt, müssen allerdings an der Leine gehalten werden.

Entfernung: 10.5 miles Höhenunterschied: 2,470 feet Routentyp: Rundweg

angeleinte Hunde

Wandern

Naturausflüge

Höhle

Wald

Fluss

Aussicht

Wasserfall

Wildtiere

Scrambling

This was a great hike!

Really good hike. The incline/decline is a workout. Once you get to the bottom you get to hike along a creek for quite some time. Did encounter a bear on this one.

wandern
4 months ago

We did this from Woodward Rd not Skyline drive. A great 10 plus mile loop day hike. Went 3 hours into the loop before seeing another person. So hard to find that anywhere in the Shenandoah. Yes some parts of the trail are overgrown with grasses, but the trail condition is really quite nice compared to most other routes in this area.

wandern
4 months ago

This trail meet my expectations: good overnight site with the sound of water by the river, great greenish with scenic view, tough workout and a waterfall. My fiancé and I walked about 6.5 to find the only camping site by the river and then walked about two miles uphill to sight the water fall/cave!! I recommend this trail for camping and for a tough workout in nature!!

wandern
4 months ago

The trailhead for the Hazel Mt loop is at the Meadows Spring parking lot located two miles south of the Thornton's Gap entrance. We started with 45 lbs packs (did 10 miles previous day, age mid 50s) walked 1.6 miles to the first intersection and took the right at  fork to the Hazel Mountain River trail. Nice down hill for a long time, maybe two miles. Not many great camp sites so if you are doing overnight loop I would knock this section out first. Lots of thickets, bear signs, and high moisture. Yummy blackberries! Next two miles up and down then some steep straight up climbs. We walked until we found the white rock trail marker. Met nice overnighter who informed us of some good camps sites further up ( 30 meters).  Good sites along river to put up tent, clean up and is largest stream on the hike. There is not much easily accesible large streams past this point. Stopping here puts you at about the 6.5 mile mark, leaving you about 4 miles for the return trip. Next day its straight up three peaks with little relief. Start slow, taper off, lol.  A few good camp site in this area along the trail but water is well below if at all. Stored packs and went to view cave and falls. Not impressed but I would see for yourself. The caves are about 2.5 miles to parking lot  Enjoyed hike but was not easy.  Headed out 211and drove few miles  to old town Sperryville on 211 for really good pizza and great saisson at Rappahannock Pizza Kitchen. Good day.

rucksacktour
scrambling
steinig
überwachsen
7 months ago

Great trail for backpacking. A little over grown and lightly used in some areas. Lots of great stream crossings- bring water shoes if you do the full loop.

wandern
überwachsen
7 months ago

The most exciting part was Cave Falls -- loved the rather steep scramble. Comparing to White Oak Canyon trail, stream crossing was pretty dry and not much view.

wandern
7 months ago

The river portions are worth the trek in. We did the trail in reverse and hiked in along white rocks, checked out the falls and made camp near the third peak on white rocks trail. On the second day we hiked down along the river and back out Sam’s Ridge. The ridge trail is very steep. 2 miles mostly straight up (or down the other direction) this is what makes it a tough trail. All in all, took us about 6.5hrs with full packs while also lingering at the falls, refilling water at the river and searching for a campsite.

wandern
8 months ago

Tough but great!

wandern
9 months ago

This trail circuit definitely doesn’t get as much hype as it should, I loved it. I’ve done most hikes in this area of Shenandoah and this one stands up next to those. I recommend doing it counter clockwise, which is what I did. The hike is relatively uneventful until you hit that deep dip near Woodward road at the boundary. From there you walk along hazel river, crossing it several times. Note that when I did some of these crossings it was April, and for some I just had to take off my boots and wade through the water. Maybe in summer you can cross easier. The walk along hazel river was unexpected but awesome. Right after the stiff climb in elevation you get to go peak hopping, it was a foggy morning but on a clear day those views would be amazing. All I could see were mountain tops poking through the clouds below. The cave falls were very cool, though I think it’s where most/any of the crowd will be. We started at 7 AM and didn’t see anyone until 11:30 or so as we were heading toward the falls. Overall it took us 5.5 hours to complete. Definitely some challenging inclines, and tough creek crossings, but I enjoy both of those things.

wandern
Wed Apr 25 2018

Don't know what defines a great hike. This was fun for someone up for a challenge. A lot of water and considerable bushwacking. We hiked in from Skyline Drive east on the Hazel Mountain Trail. At the intersection with White Rocks Trail we turned northeast so we did the trail somewhat in reverse. Several trees down on the White Rocks Trail before the falls. At the falls spur, I would suggest you leave your packs at the top and take only what you need to the falls (it is a scramble.) Continuing on White Rocks after the falls, there is a great camping site to the left of the trail. Several trees down on this section of White Rocks Trail before you get to the intersection of the Hazel River Trail. Good camping spot at the intersection of the White River Trail and the Hazel River Trail before crossing the Hazel River although the dampness of the spot leads me to believe it gets a little swamped during heavy rains. Hazel River was at Spring levels so we had to ford the river. Hazel River Trail southwest seemed totally blocked. We continue east along the Hazel River. We found a couple of logs to cross over at one point but all others required fording. (Bring sneakers or watershoes to change out of hiking boots.) Intersected the Sam Ridge Trail heading southeast and then turning back to the southwest. Seemed like we were climbing all the way-constant uphill and switchbacks. Piles of fall leaves led me to believe Sam Ridge Trail is not hiked much. Sam Ridge Trail is measured at 2 miles. Both my senses and my fitbit tells me it is a lot longer. We camped on the mountain just .5 miles before the intersection of the Sam Ridge Trail with the Hazel Mountain Trail ( Not optimum but there are several nice flat spots to the right of the trail.) After we rejoined the Hazel Mountain Trail, we had to do a lot of bushwacking as there were big trees down between here and where the Hazel Mountain Trail intersects the Hazel River Trail. As we passed by the Hazel River Trail we looked northeast down the trail and all we could see were downed trees. We continued northwest on the Hazel Mountain Trail. Several downed trees across the trail that we had to climb over or scoot under. Forded the Hazel one more time. Completed the loop where Hazel Mountain Trail and White Rocks Trail once again meet then headed back to Skyline Drive.

wandern
5 days ago

wandern
5 days ago

Mehr laden