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trail running
3 days ago

I ran the trail today in 4 hours. It was amazing! started at Reid's Gap just as many did. I've run a portion of this trail before, but wanted to knock out the whole loop today. It has very technical terrain and even more so with the snow and some icy spots left from other people packing the snow down - so down hill traveling was very slow. I kept going past the Mau-Har Trail and followed the AT down to the highway (not sure how long that leg was) and the turned around and went back up, this time turning onto the Mau-Har trail. I was not expecting that portion to be as difficult as it was...very steep most of the way up and I was already tired. It was very refreshing to complete the loop and get back to the car by the end!

on Dragon's Tooth Trail

backpacking
7 days ago

Good hike. Moderate trail. Some rock scrambles but makes it more of a challenge. Views up top are great on a clear to partly cloudy day.

hiking
12 days ago

Lovely hike! I found it to be a bit easier than Flat Top, next door. Trail is in good condition (for now; snow storms this weekend will change that), despite the lapse in appropriations due to the government shutdown. I did, however, pick up a lot of litter. Please remember that even biodegradable items like citrus peels are trash on the trail. Check it out: https://lnt.org/about/faq/can-i-leave-biodegradable-waste-eg-apple-core-or-banana-peel-woods-long-i-hide-or-burry-it. If you have the energy, consider bringing a trash bag to pack out trash during the shutdown to minimize our impact on these great resources. Bathrooms are closed now, but the Blue Ridge Parkway approaching Peaks of Otter from the South is still open. The parkway is closed just North of this area. Be sure to check out Buzzard Roost while you're there; just a quick jaunt to your right once you reach the ridge (you might see this rock outcropping to your right on your ascent and think it's Sharp Top). Sharp Top itself has many "false summits," as you approach, but you'll know you're there when you see the building/signs. Excellent, unobstructed views. Highly recommended!

Stats (all including Buzzard Roost)
3.30 miles RT
1438 ft. elevation gain
1:30 hours RT

A nice hike along the water. A few inclines but a fairly easy hike. Beautiful views at the lighthouse and inside of it.

This was a pretty hard trail loop to be honest. We went during the summer, which was a big mistake. It’s amazing for a hard days hike, but be warned: it’s not well hiked, which means the cover is VERY thick and VERY prickly. We had bloodied arms and legs...and pair of leggings torn.
Absolutely worth the views at the top and along the way.
The ascent to the peak is a nice climb, great for a workout. Would love to go back and do this loop in the fall/winter when the brush isn’t so thick.

hiking
18 days ago

Clean trail, not overpopulated, amazing view!!

hiking
19 days ago

Top 5 hike in the area! This hike is 100% worth checking out if you have some time. The views at the top of the tooth is amazing and the hike up gets very interesting the last 0.5 miles. There are some small edges with about a 6 ft drop that you have to navigate to reach the top, also some embedded metal ladder rungs you have to climb so make sure you are fit enough before attempting this (really only an issue for older folks and very young children).

Overcast day, but still an enjoyable hike. Nice view.
The trail is rocky with a few steep climbs. Not a well marked trail. Don’t be alarmed if you don’t see a trail marking until reaching a junction. Just pull up this app and find your location on the map.

This was my third visit to Sharp Top. 61° at the base parking on New year's day. Legs burnnin a third of the way up. Too many stone steps to count but a great workout! The view is wonderful! Unfortunately it was blowin a Gale on the summit decided not to do Buzzards Roost. Definitely do this one!

Not much of a hike but if you are visiting the park this is a fun stop and a great overlook of the Chesapeake.

I did this hike in mid April 2018, it was a good trail clearly marked a little rocky and muddy for spring. In the mornings you can expect to see maybe one dog walker but only on that part of the trail that intersects the mine trail. The remainder of the trail takes you pretty close to dolefield road, housing and at one point right on the boundary of someone’s home. Not a good trail if you’re looking for quiet solace and to commune by yourself with nature.

Amazing hike!
Beautiful day 12/29/18
58 degrees
Not too hard

Traveling counter-clockwise, the first 1/2 mile may be crowded as it's a popular short trail to the Stony Man overlook. Skip that view, though, and continue on the AT to connect up with the Passamaquoddy and amazing overlooks with fewer hikers.

Great hike even in gloomy conditions. The rocks are super slippery when they are wet. Will have to hike it again on a clear day.

Simply Beautiful. Don’t miss it

Great trail in great area, final section at V-turn on Dolfield Trail the trail has turned into a creek bed ~ 3-5in of water. Otherwise, well-marked and fairly vacant even on a Saturday morning.

Great trail, a lot of fun! The first section is relatively easy, and follows a little stream which can attract some wildlife. The last .7 or so is a bit of a rock scramble, but nothing super difficult by any means. Those with mobility issues may have some issues, but we saw small children and even a dog who seemed to handle it okay. We went mid-week in mid-to-late November and only only a handful of others on the trail, so can only speak to the few we encountered. Views at the top are spectacular, especially if you can scale the “tooth” at the end! Only downside was there were a few downed trees that you needed to work around.

Made a loop out of this hike by taken Dragon Tooth Trail, returning AT and back to Dragon Tooth Trail via Boy Scott Trail (not marked in AllTrails but visible on site map and well blazed). Roughly the same miles if we took Dragon Tooth up and back. High traffic, steep inclines, multiple switchbacks and several rock scrambles. Views at the top of summit were beautiful, end of October... leaves changing. AT trail was active and follows the ridgeline with a few overlooks... valleys on both sides. The Dragon Tooth Summit ridge was exposed, great views even if you don’t scramble to the very top. But if you need time to climb, high traffic may be unsettling. Great hike!

The first part of the trail was fairly easy. It gets a lil hairy the last .7 miles to the tooth. I did it on a Tuesday in November at 8am. Only complaint is the trail had several fallen tree and brush obstructions. But it was still manageable. And the views at the top were positively Rad.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with fantastic views. Lots of obstacles to go over and under as well as many rocks to climb.

hiking
2 months ago

LOVED this hike! It was very icy at the top and definitely as hard as the app says, but the view at the top is worth it!! I took my two dogs who both did great. It’s well mapped and everyone I passed was extremely friendly. It got there at 10 am on a Sunday and it wasn’t too crowded, but when I let the parking lot was full.

this was easy for the first 1.7 miles, the last bit was a thrilling adventure. lots of climbing and lots of rocks. incredible qnd fun

Fun trail with beautiful views! I recommend getting to the summit just before sunset to view massanutten in it's blueish silhouette glory.

My Husband and did this hike yesterday. Though you can hike under a mile to the summit, we decided to do the loop. Which I’m glad we did...it allowed us to be away from people and to absorb nature. I’m happy I used AllTrails because the trail/tree markings weren’t the best and we went off the loop trail a few times. (Another adventure so we didn’t mind). The trail was rocky but it was a lot of fun. There are different lookouts in the the loop trail that were intimate and quiet. When we hiked to the first lookout (lower rock lookout) a bunch of people emerged from the opposite direction. They ran in front of us and started posing for pictures. The top rocky view (not summit) was the best lookout of the entire hike. It’s priceless and you won’t regret it. Very rocky though. The summit view wasn’t my favorite of this hike. The touristy “hikers” ruined some of natural components of the view by taking countless Instagram pics. Definitely a great hike, suggest hiking it week days to avoid rude people and to hike the loop to enjoy some downtime with nature.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic views. Very crowded when we went on a Saturday. Buzzard's Roost, on a short trail a few hundred feet away, has some awesome boulders to climb onto for a nice panorama.

Dogs are allowed on the AT and other trails but they are NOT allowed on the trail to stony man.... which makes this loop mediocre at best.

Difficult hike but the view was worth the work!!

Great loop. Took two small dogs did awesome. Right parts of the trail were ok. Overlooks not too crowded in the morning before 10.

Amazing hike, best view I've seen in years, but be prepared for a little bit of rock climbing and edging against walls. Totally worth it!

Great Trail! Nice Views of the Bay!

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