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Very fun trail - mostly in the woods with a lot of ups and downs. The view at the end is great, and is an awesome picnic spot.

hiking
17 days ago

Did in two sections this fall. Nice!

Very rocky terrain which slows you down...but a fun challenge. Up and down throughout the whole hike. Hiking poles and good boots are helpful. View is gorgeous and has a few spots for a hammock if you bring one along.

some fantastic views, but extremely rocky and uncomfortable hike. fire road is kind of a drag too. not sorry I did it, but not one I plan to repeat.

Amazing hike. Challenging but I wouldn't say hard. Parking is very limited so try to get in early. Pretty rocky but manageable.

We went on a warm December day. We started at the South Ridge trail then took Old Trail then Ambassador Whitehouse then Piedmont Overlook. It was 7 miles going that route. There were two beautiful Overlooks, meadows and nice trails through the woods. It was a bit muddy but this year we have had record rainfalls. There was a bathroom and visitors center with gift shop. It does cost $5 to get on the park but well with it. Pick up a map when you come in.

Challenging and fun.

Nice hike, some rocky spots

Great hike. Final view is spectacular. Lots of up and down, and some fairly steep grades. The view at the end makes it all worthwhile.

A little bit of scrambling. Be kind to your knees. Don’t bring the little dogs. Good place for some bouldering. Nice view.

Ran it in the rain to the Md/Pa line had a blast. Thunder rolling through the valley. Getting above the rain clouds. It was slow going up and a bit faster coming down. Hiking or running it is worth the journey.

Backpacked this section last weekend. It was very rocky, muddy and there were lots of leaves on the ground which can hide some hazards and make your footing less stable. We had to detour at a water crossing which added almost a mile to our hike. This section has a couple significant inclines and declines also.

Pretty nice hike. Lots of varying terrain including a manmade waterfall surrounded by thick, lush vegetation. Would do it again.

Went there in February of 2017 with a nephew and a couple of nieces. The weather was ridiculously 80°F. Gorgeous views, as the description says; and lots of ups and downs. But if you take your time and enjoy the walk, it’s just magnificent.

Moderate trail, views are so-so

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. However going counter clockwise thru the loop, after the first overlook (1.5 miles) there are several rock piles across the trail and rocks off and on for the next mile or two. Be sure to wear the proper shoes and take care. The overlooks are quite spectacular. I was however disappointed at Signal Knob overlook looking west as the small Maple trees have grown to block a lot of the view that was so breathtaking just a couple of years ago. I hope the trail maintenance crew in that area can trim those back as the view really has been compromised. Saw 4 solo's and 3 pairs of hikers all day. Temps in the 50's and cloudy.

I don’t know if its ‘as good as it gets’ but its a really fun hike!

trail running
3 months ago

This was nice for a challenging and quiet run with only a couple other people using the trails. I ran it counterclockwise meaning that the views were all within the first couple miles. I’d do it in reverse next time. Trail is varied from non technical fire road to some very technical single track. The two overlooks are beautiful, and the trail is generally a mixture of serene woods and open meadows that keep the run fresh and interesting. If you’re feeling more, add the Snowden loop for an extra 3/4 of a mile or so. I’d happily run this trail again!

Trail was harder than I expected but that may be because I thought it was “Moderate.” Some fairly steep sections and overall it was very rocky. Great view from the summit. Also, the map currently displayed has the turnaround point in the middle of the woods on the way down, which leads one to believe that there are multiple overlooks... there aren’t. No need to continue past the first opening.

A great trail with a rewarding overlook at the end though not quite as nice as the one across rt. 7 at Bears Den. The trail also crosses two small rocky steams which added alittle something to the trail. It took us about 1hr 15mins to reach the overlook.

Great combination of woods, hills and meadows.

This is a fun incline, but I like going down through the line into the camping area rather than using Evitts as out and back.

Very rocky, wet trail. Overall a good hike.

Great hike - best trail I’ve found within an hour of DC - watch out for bees at overlook

Great rainy day hike. Some rocks but definitely manageable and not too slippery. If it was a clear day it would probably be one of the best trails in the area. It wasn’t crowded at all, nice challenge, and the views would be great on a clear day.

The first mile is all uphill but after that fairly easy trail with a lot of openings that probably have great views, it was too cloudy/rainy to see anything today.

Disappointed with my planned weekend getaway. I was at Pogo Memorial Campground around noon when a group of about 30 scouts and 10 masters set up a dozen or more tents. I packed up and headed to Annapolis Rock. At the junction I ran into 20 girls with backpacks planning to stay there. I hiked down to Pine Knob where I read the maximum number in one group permitted to stay on the shelter grounds is 5 per party. That must also apply to remote campgrounds like Pogo and Annapolis Rock too? This was my first time on the AT in 20 years, which I used to backpack religiously. I moved away many years ago and returned for a long visit. I was looking forward to a nice trip down memory lane. I felt overwhelmed with the large number of large groups. The population explosion of the DC area has made what was once an out-of-the-way retreat a popular outdoor recreational area for thousands. The former makeshift gravel pullout at the US 40 trailhead is now a large paved parking lot. I arrived at 9:00 a.m. and the lot was full. When I returned to my car at 6:00 p.m., it was still mostly full. The buses parked there didn't help matters--and should have given me a warning about what was to come. Increasing the size of trailhead parking lots isn't a good idea. It just attracts more people and larger groups. I can't imagine the environmental impact of so many super large groups. When I hiked the AT so many years ago, you'd run into solo hikers and couples all the time. We'd befriend each other at campsites and share stories. The larger groups as expected kept to themselves. What I encountered this past weekend was nothing but large--very large--groups. I felt completely lost on my old haunt. Sad is me. I enjoyed the 10-mile workout with 35 pounds on my back, however.

We chose this trail for a simple weekend backpacking excursion to try out an assortment of miscellaneous backpacking gear we had, and the distance to Pogo seemed about right for a first-time backpacker (me). We arrived at the parking lot after dark Friday and went straight to Pine Knob campsite, which I think was a mile from the parking lot. There was a shelter and outhouse there, but we didn’t stay long. Early in the morning we packed up and headed out. The initial ascent to Annapolis Rocks had a whole lot of “steps” made of logs across the trail, probably for controlling erosion. Some steps were higher than others, but I saw lots of people from all ages and fitness appearances (?) doing fine. There were runners, AT backpackers, moms with baby carriers, and some people that looked at least my parents age (75ish). At Annapolis Rocks there was an outhouse and a good number of campsites on a side trail before the overlook. From Annapolis Rocks to Black Rock there were more “fallen” logs across the trail to step over, but none were a big deal. Black Rock was another nice overlook, and there was a group of rock climbers there. Between Black Rock and Pogo was a beautiful cascading stream. Pogo had an outhouse and lots and lots of space for tents (I didn’t see a shelter). We had planned to camp at Pogo, but it was being used by Boy Scouts, so we went back to Annapolis Rocks, which was very nice because after setting up camp and having supper, we were able to watch the sunset from sitting on the rocks. Then a short 2.4 miles back to the car the next morning. I would definitely go back and do this hike again, and might enjoy it even more without 29lbs on my back :)

Beautiful views and creeks along the way (I went just after heavy rain). Some tough uphill grades.

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