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I loved this hike! The southern portion of this trail is probably the most taxing- I had the most water breaks here as the grade gets a little steep. Overall there were some amazing views and a great swimming hole I want to enjoy when I’m better prepared next time! Didn’t see any bears but there were some fresh Poo-berries all up and down the trail, so I know they are around!

Heavily traveled, iconic photo spot. Parking can be difficult. If you want an easier option, hike up the trail and down the fire road. I have done this on sunset hikes.

backpacking
1 day ago

Challenging loop, we did 10-11mi on day one & camped at Campbell Creek. Waterfalls were beautiful & plenty of nice swimming holes to choose from there. Day two was 3-4mi up Mau-Har & was very steep. A challenge, but very fun with all the boulders!

Great hike! We went up the White Oak Canyon trail and took the horse trail across to Cedar Run trail. Saw some small wildlife: birds, squirrels, snakes, and a skink. We also got to see a small bear cub at the top by Skyline Drive. Coming down Cedar Run trail was a little difficult, the trail was washed out in places and terrain was rough near the rock slide into a water hole. Very refreshing to jump in the water and cool off!

1 day ago

BOO boring BOO poorly marked BOO just knocked down trees BOO not difficult BOO disappointed. At least it had a bathroom

Be warned: If you zoom in closely, you will find several portions of this "loop" that look as if someone handed a crayon to a four-year-old. These are points where the author of this trail got lost, and guess what? That gets to be a part of your experience too! That's because this isn't actually a designated trail at all. Rather, it is a patchwork of various smaller trails that someone tried to string together with only marginal success. Even with phone in hand, when you come to a fork in the path, it can be very difficult to discern which way you are supposed to go next. So be wary!

In addition, several portions of the trail are either not well-maintained, or so sparsely trafficked that you can expect to be walking through almost knee-high brush.

Unfortunately, all of this takes away from what would otherwise be a very fun hike that takes you past multiple lookouts with views that do not disappoint, numerous rock formations, and even a handful of stream crossings.

So, if you want to enjoy this hike I would seriously recommend stopping at the visitors center and picking up a map of the local trail system and only using this as a loose template!

We got out by 7am to beat the crowd. Great hike but kinda did it in reverse taking the fire trail up and came back all the way on the AT. The view is worth the hike which I rate as moderate, not hard. Amazing view!

i adore this hike! my favorite part is the rock scrambles at the top! definitely allow yourself some time to play when you get up there! beautiful all year round! (where shoes appropriate for steep hikes -ankle support- and good grips for the rock climbing, maybe gloves too if your hands are sensitive) *if you start the hike later in the day bring a flashlight just in case!*

It was awesome view up there. trail was not that hard. you can finish in around 4 hours if you are doing hiking once in a month or 2.

Loved this trail so much! Hiked from the skyline entrance down to the natural waterfall water slide and had lunch at a swimming hole along the way, will be back!!

I gave this a five because while it doesn't have amazing views (until the top of Bear Church Rock, which is SO peaceful), the trail was well trodden, clear, and a heck of a workout. The first two miles are pleasant, the next two miles are a steady rise by the end of which you're going to be 'feeling the burn', I guarantee it. Be sure to stop on the way back and soak your feet in the wonderful cold and clear water. I would rate this as hard, not moderate, and our measurements (fitbit and phone tracking app) were closer to 9.4 miles up and back. I gave it a '5' because it was a heck of a workout, on a steady tough climb without loose rocks/scrambling; very empty when we went, and just nice and peaceful.

Water was a little low at the Falls. But was a lovely hike. It’s the longest I’ve taken my 2 boys on, and they had a blast!

This is a great difficult mountain to hike. There are a bunch of difficult spots that you have to climb up or squeeze through. Definitely need to be ready to pull yourself up some ledges and wedge yourself up some gaps.
I made a mistake and thought it would be a good idea to go backpack camping for this trip. I planned to check in at the parking and backcountry camp station on the East side and then camp at the junction on the west side. I didn’t understand that with at least a 40lb bag this gets difficult in a lot of ways. You need to squeeze and crawl through gaps, so I was dragging and pushing my bag. You have to climb up steep and areas that don’t have much head room, where you have to throw your bag up. You have to walk along steep ledges, where if your backpack gets caught or unbalanced.... Anyway, I had a lot of fun and the views were gorgeous. There was one area where you had to crawl through where someone took a duke that was disgusting but other than that the hike itself was great. I went during the week and there weren’t too many people. Probably ran into around 40 people during the whole hike.
This hike extremely tired me out with the backpack so by the time that I got to the junction, where I found a backcountry camp site, I set up my tent, ate a bite, bear safed my food, and went straight to sleep. I emphasize to Bear Safe Your Food, because that night a bear was trying to get my food, which I hung on a tree right outside my tent...
In short, I don’t suggest backpacking unless you are very muscular, have a light pack, or you set up at the bottom of the mountain early in the day (10 am latest). It is a very fun and difficult climb and has great views. Make sure to pay attention to trail markers!

backpacking
7 days ago

One of the better backpacking loops in Va. It’s perfect for a two day trek, with an overnighter either at Harpers Creek or Campbells Creek. We started at Reeds Gap, went clockwise and camped at HC after 10.5 miles, which is a few miles more than the signage suggests. My guess is that many of the switchbacks weren’t taken into account when the signs were posted. The ascent is devoid of overlooks, but there’s a great one facing SW a few hundred ft beneath the main summit, and then a handful of stellar views on the way down to the creek. Another pleasant surprise was the amount of waterfall hiking on Day 2 heading up the Mau-Har Trail. It was lovely bouldering / hiking right next to the (at the time) lively creek for a couple of miles. iPhone tracked us at 10.6 mi on Day 1, 5.8 on Day 2, 16.4 total. Seemed about right.

Beautiful on the way up and down. Lots of water falls and large rock formations.

hiking
8 days ago

Lovely hike with lots of variety. Deep, dark, and cool forest glenns with magnificent ferns. Hillsides full of native rhododendron, azaleas, and mountain laurel (I’d love to take this walk in June). Hot, sunny passages through sandy terrain where blueberries were ripening along the path. Stands of pine trees with needle-covered paths (so comfortable for walking). Stream crossings, a swimming hole, and several spectacular views. It wasn’t terribly busy on a beautiful July day. There were some strenuous sections—we took the Wildcat Ridge trail uphill at the end to our car, which we parked in the lot at mile marker 92, and I was pretty tired. There’s also a fair amount of uneven, rocky trail that requires careful attention.

There’s a reason this hike is rated #1 in Shenandoah area! What an unbelievable hike! We decided to do the full 9 mile circuit trail. The ascent (3.8 miles) is full of excitement and a ton of rock scrambles. It is definitely challenging! In order to complete this hike you must be able to get through rock scrambles and hoist yourself up on boulders. The summit is incredible (360 degree views!), with great views and options to rest along the way. The descent is 5.2 miles but goes by very quickly due to the decrease in difficulty and the constant changing of scenery. It is a beautiful serene place. Make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks! As an experienced hiker I completed this hike in 4 hours with one break. Would suggest this hike 100%, incredible experience an a ton of fun! Would suggest getting there early to beat the crowd. There is a 15 dollar park entry fee.

hiking
8 days ago

Started at Riprap trailhead and went clockwise because I like hitting all the good spots near the end of the hike. It was good to get the AT section out of the way first.
Riprap completely lived up to my expectations. Absolutely loved this hike, and I’m already thinking about when to go again. Perfect distance, hearty elevation change that isn’t draining, refreshing water (bring a bathing suit!!), and gorgeous views. I can’t recommend this trail enough!

Absolutely breathtaking

Started off at the white oak canyon parking lot, suggest to get there early as the lot fills up quick, overflow parking is available for $10 a car, in addition to paying the park entrance fee. But if you are there early enough parking is free. We did the white oak to cedar run loop, the hike itself was challenging but also wonderful in so many ways. Took up 6 1/2 hours, we stopped for lunch and spent time in the water. Beautiful scenery, many over looks to enjoy the water falls. The rocks on the down hill was the hardest part in my opinion, difficult on the knees, feet and ankles. The water slide was all I hoped it to be, refreshingly freezing cold water. The trail was crowded today, never felt like we were alone which I don’t necessarily enjoy, I prefer the solitude of nature but that didn’t take away from my experience.

I have done this multiple times and it is probably one of the best mid-Atlantic hikes. It is an all day affair and can be rather hard. Make sure you have good weather! The views make the hard climb worth it.

Overall a really great hike! Well maintained trails and pretty good views at top. One problem is that it's so popular, you'll definitely get into traffic jams near the top if you go on a weekend

Great hike. Steep and rocky

poorly marked, ended up on a mt bike path, extra 4 miles. once I got back to it the access road is half the trail. saw what I think was a young black bear.

This trail is an amazing trail. It offers multiple types of views that are amazing. You have waterfalls, rock formations, overviews and lots of streams and wildlife. I totally recommend this trail for anyone. It can be slightly steep at times and slippery on the rocks but is totally doable. I will probably be doing this one again.

Easier than I thought, not that bad of a hike

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