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My husband and I have different fitness levels and so I picked this trail because it was fairly close to home, not too long, and had a gorgeous view. Would do it again with him but would do a more challenging hike on my own. We thought it was a great place to hang out and could even see Blue Mountain and the Monastery in Linden, which is up the street from our home, with our pocket telescope.

Good hike. I think the trail is under rated. Had a great time with the family.

Nice little trail, but it was poorly maintained with branches over the path and a lot of thorns snagging your ankles. Perhaps it will be better taken care of in the more popular months.

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2 months ago

Hiked it the trail starting out on the drive by Pass Mountain Loop. It was a nice quite trail. I saw the "goat underpass" right next to the Rocky Branch Mile marker. And several small pottery dishes by the spring. Pretty neat.

Very quick leg stretcher from the trailhead, but a nice rock formation to check out and climb around on a little bit. Also checked out the nearby spring. Quick and easy walk.

Begin at the trailhead at Red Byrd cabin. It's near mile marker 22. Follow trails doing left turns. Trail is long inclined but also long flat areas. Not incredibly beautiful but a nice walk in the woods.

Poorly maintained trail. We hiked through tall grass for a good part of and had to break through spider webs the whole way!

Beautiful hike through ferns and mountain laurel with a few vistas.

Agree with Lacey. LOTS of rocks form the pathway most of the way. Although no scrambling involved, they're just not comfortable for walking. But quite lovely view at the end. Out of shape 60-something and made it up without much trouble otherwise

I'm torn btw 3 & 4 stars. We did this hike in the fall two years ago. Totally different experience in the summer time! Lots and lots of uphill. Very rocky in some parts which made it a tad difficult w our pup. The overlook view is nice but not my favorite in the park. There are 2 lookout areas, next to each other but it was a bit crowded with people eating lunch. The columnar jointing was super cool to see. Not sure I'd need to see it a 2nd time but glad we saw it! Tough steep downhill and a lot of the rocks were unbalanced so we had to take our time getting to the viewpoint. The hike back down to the car was a piece of cake after all the uphill.

We completed this trail last week. This trail was reminiscent of the Crabtree Falls further south. There was not much traffic in mid-afternoon. The view was fantastic! We did the other trail with the rock formations. Saw a large buck (!) below those formations.

8 months ago

A great family trail. Not much by way of views but you see the family cemetery and the walk has just enough incline to be interesting but not so much to be daunting. Families with dogs make this loop all the time.

Short and sweet. Beautiful views.

Nice walk in the woods. That's about it.

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8 months ago

The walk through the woods was peaceful. The kids enjoyed looking for the various items that the visitor center provided. All in all, decent trail and nice start to Shenandoah.

a couple scrambling areas on the left of the "T" GREAT views to the right. Saw a young bear and several deer. Went on a Friday mid day and little traffic. park in the Compton gap lot trail starts across the street.

Nice variety of terrain. Overlook is awesome.

Nice hike. It took us about 2.25 hours to do the loop. Nice walk through the woods with a couple of nice overlooks up along the ridge on the AT. The inclines were all that steep so not too hard of hike.

Not many vistas. Sort of uneventful. Mostly flat with a few hills which will get you breathing.

Nice views.

a short trail to some of the most spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

A moderately steep and sometimes rocky ascent to a fantastic view at the top of Compton Peak. Parking for the trail head is at the Compton Gap lot, MP 10.4. The nearest bathrooms are at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, MP 5.

Great short hike for kids. Go past the rock formation to find a rocky path that leads you to the very top of the large cliff. The rocks at the top are easy to climb and a fun "real" rock climbing experience for my kids, 5 & 7. The roundtrip hike would take about 30 mins but they explored and climbed the rock formation for about an hour.

Quick little hike to the rocks, which are interesting enough. Much more interesting is the Columnar Jointing formation the other direction on the AT. I visited this peak just to bag it while I was finishing up a section hike to the edge of the park to see the kiosk.

Great short hike...bit of a climb but not to tough & fantastic views at end. Trail is quite rocky so be careful but other than that just a great hike in Shenandoah!

Nice short hike. Good views to the west but views on the eastern spur were not so great.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Nice short hike, very dog friendly. Easy to moderate. Wasn't too busy on this warm holiday weekend. We recommend that you go both east and west at T. When you go east, be sure to walk past the overlook rock to the bottom of the rocks and look back up. Otherwise you don't appreciate the Rock formation you were standing on.

Nice trail, good rock climbing here and there.

Great winter hike. Good views and elevation changes not bad except where you zig zag back up the AT heading south to complete the short loop.

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