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Simply Beautiful. Don’t miss it

TONS of water and high water crossings on Nov 25th. Had to take our shoes off and wade knee deep in ice cold water. Make sure you take poles and water shoes for water crossings on this hike! Lots of climbing up front which was awesome. We added another loop to make it a 9.5 mile hike. Took our large group 5.5 hours to complete.

A great alternative to other nearby hikes off of Skyline drive. (Which was closed today!) We turned back at the more intense river crossing about a mile in, not wanting to get wet in the late fall, and had to navigate some pretty muddy parts, but still had a beautiful and well-marked little hike.

So I’m not opposed to fire road trails and this one is about half and half pretty rocky with lots of stream crossings. Be aware the All Trails map calls the entrance fire road Jinny Gray Road, but the trail markers and signs call it Kayseri Run Fire Road.

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
1 month ago

Excellent trail, steady inclines and awesome water fall and rock outcroppings. Highly recommend!

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.

** watch out for parking **

Great hike, but.....there is no legal parking. I was up there this weekend and a deputy was writing tickets for every car parked on the side of the road. Luckily he pulled up as I was parking and gave me the heads up. He didn’t seem to want to be there, but it was more as a result of residents complaining.

Parking under the power lines is illegal as well, but it’s private property and they won’t write tickets( but owner could tow).

Anywho, I’ve parked there several times in the past with no issue, so beware.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike along water down to an overlook with a view of a waterfall. Many people hike down to the overlook and back the same way, but the loop was a less gradual/strenuous walk — even if it was a bit longer.

This hike is NOT 7.7 miles as listed. It is 9.6 so plan additional time for the extra two miles. Also be forewarned that the downhill section through Cedar Run is quite rocky and steep which can make for slow going, especially if it’s wet. Both the uphill through White Oak and the downhill through Cedar Run are ruggedly beautiful areas. There are no real views on this hike other than the dramatic waterfalls and rushing water. Several opportunities to swim or slide. White Oak is much more heavily trafficked than Cedar Run. Cedar Run feels more like walking in wilderness. The stretch on the fire road is fairly boring. It’s longer than you think and uphill almost to Skyline Drive. If you’re in good shape it’s more in the moderate range than Hard but the rocks and rough terrain can make it more difficult. It is fairly steep up and down either way you go. It a harder hike than Old Rag but the effort is rewarded. Bring a pair of sturdy, waterproof trail shoes. Sneakers not recommended.

This is one of my favorite day hikes period. Waterfalls, waterfalls, waterfalls. At the top , you are feet from skyline drive and have great views to the east in a few spots. It is hard. Steep up and steep down. If you want one of the hardest day hikes in the area; add a summit of Hawksbill with an incredible view of the Shenandoah Valley.

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

A beautiful trail on a beautiful fall day! Plenty of waterfalls and rock outcroppings to enjoy during your breaks. I benefitted from having hiking poles, but they aren’t strictly necessary. Good shoes, however, are!

This is actually about a 9 mile, not 7.7mile, hike if you take the loop. Be prepared! Not a difficult hike by any means. I’d rate this at easy to moderate myself. I didn’t feel poles were needed but a good pair of shoes to descend Cedar Run Trail certainly were. Lots of river crossings and few logs left to cross on now. The rocks are pretty slick but still a fairly easy crossing unless of course you have a dog. It took us 5 hours 30 minutes with our pup. Beautiful waterfalls and views on the first leg!

1 month ago

Loved it, I’d do it again. It’s super private and not crowded at all!

Fabulous hike. Non-stop beauty all the way. We are avid hikers and found this hike to be more on the moderate than hard end. It is the most scenic hike we’ve done while in this area.

The hike is moderate not as steep the first section to the first waterfall. The waterfall is beautiful and impressive. All along the way you rock outcropping, moss and many fallen trees. This makes for a different trail hike with something different to see along the way. Would defined hike again.

Beautiful views but it does live up to the name. Very rocky and in a few parts, a real PITA!

walking
1 month ago

Very very nice !!

Great climb. Hiked up from little devil stairs parking lot. Glad I had poles, water crossings a bit dicey at times. Nice walk down with some views!

Good hike, did the loop and appreciated the wide and relatively even Fire Road on the way back (uphill). Definitely worth the extra mile to go from the overlook all the way to the base of the falls.

Beautiful, quick hike. Heavy breathing on some of the elevations, but easy parts in between. You can do an extra hike to the top of the waterfall, but be careful, it's a puzzle.

Great Hike!! We started at 9:30am and didn't see many hikers until on our way back. If you walk to the stream and follow the trail to the right it takes you to a beautiful waterfall!! This made the entire hike worth it!

Summit is beautiful. Few summit locations if it is Not a hard hike, and very quick hike to summit.

hiking
2 months ago

We started muster after the mile maker 19 and parked. Walked down the fire road all the way and then came back up the Devils stairs. There are several creek crossings which are doable. Look for the blue marks on trees or you may miss where you should cross. Stable shoes (not sandals) are a must. It gets steep at points and you will have to actually use hands and feet to step up and climb.

I’m very active and it was a good workout. My counterpart had some difficulty with the steep inclines and elevation. However, you can stop and rest. It was mid 70’s and sunny. We were sweating hard and definitely bring water.

I loved the various fungi and water fall spots. Didn’t see any wildlife, not even birds but I found it to be a very beautiful and a peaceful hike.

We did see a few dogs along the way, one with 3 legs even! But bring water for them. Not sure they should be drinking the creek water even though it’s crystal clear.

I’d recommend this hike. It took us 4 hours but could have easily been done in 3-3.5 with my normal hiking partner.

I recommend hiking this trail in the late afternoon - the light is perfect and you’ll be one of a few on the trail! There’s a beautiful waterfall to the right of the trail (from the parking area) once you cross the creek for the first time. The views at the end are amazing and are easy to find at the top of the trail head.

2 months ago

lots of cross stream path, and climbing rock part is real fun!

We only trailed about 2 miles in Bc we started so late. We went left to the blue trail which was really cool. It was a lot of hiking up. Pretty heavy trafficked for a Sunday. We’re going back tomorrow to checkout the left route.

Summits were beautiful!

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