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I am fairly out of shape, but I was determined to make it to the top. There are spots to stop and rest along the way, and all the hikers we ran into were friendly and encouraging. The hike up was gorgeous, as we were surrounded by trees, and the view at the top was worth the effort!

Lots of rocks after flat top rock. Other than that it was a beautiful hike and pretty eazy. Did it with my Boy Scout Troop who had limited hicking experience and we were able to goto harpers creek shelter in 7 hours to camp.

Amazing trail, my fiancé and my favorite one we have done to date.

Beautiful variation in scenery and amazing river.

Have to scramble at some places but are rewarded for it.

backpacking
4 days ago

Just as promised, 3 Ridges delivered on the hardness! Excellent view on night 2, with a crazy night sky.

hike is short but steep! gets tough when you get to the rocky section near the top if the rocks are wet, very slick, especially coming back down, if its super wet i would recommend going down and doing the loop back to the parking lot its longer but way easier. views at the top are always worth the hike up i do this one fairly often, if you still feel like hiking afterwards the albright trail is in the same parking lot and it is a nice trail to add on some extra miles plus it is much less busy and has a nice overlook too.

hiking
7 days ago

Only managed to do part of the trail due to time restrictions, but decent hike. We went counter clockwise so had a decent amount of elevation change. Hope to return to finish the rest of the trail.

Excellent and higher end of moderate for those hiking with kids.

backpacking
9 days ago

Our first overnight backpacking trip did not disappoint. Very challenging carrying over 20lbs backpack. Parked at Reid’s gap and made it to Maupin shelter. Stayed on the AT (not mah-har) and learned we should have filled our water bladders as we did not see any water sources until harpers creek. Took about 5 hours to enjoy the view and take in everything we were learning to get from Maupin to harpers creek. Once at harpers creek shelter refilled our water and took off for mah-har which was very tough. Beautiful waterfall and creeks along the way but too tough to make it back to Maupin. Stayed overnight in a valley next to the creek in one of the few flat spots along the Mah-har. Finished the mah-har the next morning and back to Reid’s gap. Enjoyed the challenge and would do it again for the great views.

VERY CHALLENGING HIKE! We did it in one day from 8:50am to 5:50pm. Al together we took less than 1hr break. iPhone tracked 14 miles with absolutely no deviation from the track.
It’s definitely not a hiking for beginners. I’m training for a half marathon (one month away) and I was pretty much maxed out at a certain point. This is a very hard hike to do in one day.
It has A LOT of very steep ascent and descent. About 4 summits, so a lot of elevation gain. There is no flat or “road” terrain. It’s either steep up or down. Lots of rock scrambles specially on the Mau-har trail. Mau-har we did about 1 mile per hour. Don’t underestimate. It’s tough specially if you are doing in one day and hit the mau-har already tired!
We did the clockwise route. No water on the first half, and lots on the second. I took a 3L water bladder and didn’t finish it.
The 1.6 miles of AT that leads from parking lot to the “loop” is moderate, which is good to warm up for the hard work out and to cool down at the end of the day.
Even tho starting at mile 3 it’s a hard hike, the mal har trail is the most challenging! It’s also the most beautiful since you see a nice water fall and walk along some creeks.
I only saw people that were camping. We didn’t. As I said we did it all in the same day. But if camping is your thing, that may be the best way to do it.
It was a very fog day (whole day) so we couldn’t see anything from up there. There are 2-3 places that presumably has good views. And there one decent water fall and other smaller creeks. Walk along the water fall for half mile. Overall a nice hike but not for the views. Go if you want to take a challenge

Always a great hike...

hiking
15 days ago

Definitely recommend going counterclockwise on the loop! We went clockwise and skipped right past all of the scenic parts. We had a great time but got really frustrated having to cross the river three times and the water was up to our knees. Bring water shoes!

hiking
16 days ago

Tough due to all the rocks but a good hike. Not many view opportunities but a great day in nature.

beautiful

elevation gain is fairly quick but the hike is pretty short unless you loop around very nice trail was very wet/slick today after all the rain would do again, wasnt very crowded early but after i did the 7 mile loop (humpback-albright trail) and made it back to the lot people were parking on the side in the grass so definitely come early for best viewing

Don’t let the shortness of the hike fool you. It’s not the most difficult hike in the world but the elevation gain is relatively quick. The view at the top is well worth it. Very lion king-esque.

on Spy Rock Trail

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike not far from Crab Tree Falls. Small road leading to the parking lot that can be quite busy at times. Once you get parked the steep incline of the beginning of the trail is enough to get your blood pumping. The 360 degree view from the top is phenomenal. There is an easier access point for the main view point, around the side of spy rock.

Very foggy day, but absolutely gorgeous! Great uphill walk. Dog friendly was nice as we gave 2 hounds. There was traffic on the trail, but not too bad.

hiking
27 days ago

amazing hike,very steep incline for a short distance hike but you are alongside the waterfall for the majority of the time and there is a couple rest spots if needed, went right after a rain storm and the falls were flowing hard, nice view if you go alittle further past the fall

Was boring at times with only a couple great views. The watering hole was a lot of fun though.

hiking
29 days ago

This was a fun day hike! It was a little too crowded for my liking but overall an awesome experience. It is quite a climb up all of the stairs but worth the views and it is nice and easy on the way down.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is great, and the view at the top certainly doesn't disappoint. I love it so much I've gone up four times in the space of two weeks. I definitely recommend this hike.

easy

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a nice uphill hike that follows the creek with nice lookouts onto the waterfall. The first part of the hike has nicely built stairs. It does get crowded but there’s a nice vista at the end onto the valley.

Great trail. It was really crowded. It has paid parking. I would've given it 5 stars without the huge crowds.

This was a great hike if we had't gotten lost; not that it wasn't well marked, but be sure to read all reviews and everyone's notes before doing these hikes. We started at the wrong point - at the Overlook - and hooked up with the trail without a problem, but at about the 8 mile mark (yes we'd already gone off the trail at one point) we mistakenly took the fire trail and ended up 2 miles out of our way. However, if you stay on the trail, this is an excellent one as it is nice and clear, the falls are some of the prettiest in that you get SO close, and it was just overall a very pleasant hike. It is definitely a long downhill followed by a long uphill but they are gradual enough to not burn too badly. You do have to cross the river a few times and it was wet; I would allow about 6 hours for the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views loved the swimming pond

Great trail, nothing too technical, elevation changes and length make the challenge. Just take your time, enjoy the views, rest occasionally, and you’ll have a great time.

This took longer to get to from the DC area than some of the other hikes, but it was a nice first venture into the southern section of Shenandoah for us. Like others have commented, this is a 8+ mile hike; we never strayed far from the path and clocked in at 8.33 miles in 4.5 hours. While this trail is rated as moderate, this seems to be on the harder end of moderate. The descent to the falls and the ascent are relatively steep and are pretty rocky, with some areas of loose and wet rocks.

You have to cross the river multiple times, but the water was low when we went and not too difficult. There are areas of the path that are relatively narrow and have a steep drop off. That said, the 3 main waterfalls were well worth the trek and you can get pretty close to them. The first half of the hike was very scenic if you start along Doyle’s river trail, but once you get on the Appalachian trail, it’s just a hike to get back to your car with one scenic overlook near the end.

Beautiful views from the top! Highly trafficked but it was a holiday weekend when we went. The trail was also wet when we went which made the rocks extremely slick. We saw many people slipping and falling. The trail was a very steep incline the entire way up! We would made rated it difficult at some points as would many people we spoke to on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

We started at Reid’s Gap and hiked clockwise. The first hill is rather challenging but not too bad. Then there is a slight descent for just over a mile. Next, there is a intersection between the AT and Mau-Har. We went left and hiked another three miles up a constant, challenging incline. Once you reach the overlook near the summit, the views are amazing!!!
We camped just below the summit at a beautiful overlook about 5.5 miles in. The next 5 miles were fairly easy - although the steep descent was challenging to go through quickly. Harper’s Creek was the first water source we came upon and we made sure to fill up. However, the trail is not clearly marked there and we took about a three mile detour. (It was a beautiful trail, however, and a great side trip if you have the time and energy!)
Once we got back on track, the hike to the intersection of the AT and Mau-Har trail was moderately difficult. Then we hit the Mau-Har trail. Water is plentiful and the scenery is beautiful but the trail is incredibly difficult. (We hiked this in the afternoon with 25lb packs and averaged just under a mile an hour with stops.) Take a left back onto the AT and back to Reid’s Gap.
My advice - take plenty of water as you’ll go about 10.5 miles before coming across a water source. If you do go clockwise, camp near Harper’s Creek or Campbell’s Creek to get most of the mileage done before tackling the Mau-Har the next day. It’s best done when you’re fresh and it’s still relatively cool. Also, don’t underestimate this hike. It’s all steep uphill or downhill and very little flat trail.

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