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hiking
2 days ago

This is the classic AT trail in Virginia and a great one at that. A little muddy in parts due to recent rain, but trail was great. Jammed on a beautiful fall Saturday, but that’s to be expected. Made it to the top in about two hours (solo hiker, light load). About the same back (took it a little slower). A must do.

backpacking
2 days ago

Just as promised, 3 Ridges delivered on the hardness! Excellent view on night 2, with a crazy night sky.

One of the Iconic stops on the AT. good hike not too difficult. Fire road gives easy access up and back, but highly recommend Tinker Cliffs also.

backpacking
7 days ago

Our first overnight backpacking trip did not disappoint. Very challenging carrying over 20lbs backpack. Parked at Reid’s gap and made it to Maupin shelter. Stayed on the AT (not mah-har) and learned we should have filled our water bladders as we did not see any water sources until harpers creek. Took about 5 hours to enjoy the view and take in everything we were learning to get from Maupin to harpers creek. Once at harpers creek shelter refilled our water and took off for mah-har which was very tough. Beautiful waterfall and creeks along the way but too tough to make it back to Maupin. Stayed overnight in a valley next to the creek in one of the few flat spots along the Mah-har. Finished the mah-har the next morning and back to Reid’s gap. Enjoyed the challenge and would do it again for the great views.

Did this with my sons... it was a well marked trail, and we didn’t get lost or turned around as I tend to do! Take plenty of water and watch out for copperheads. We saw a big one that blended in perfectly with the sand on the trail.

VERY CHALLENGING HIKE! We did it in one day from 8:50am to 5:50pm. Al together we took less than 1hr break. iPhone tracked 14 miles with absolutely no deviation from the track.
It’s definitely not a hiking for beginners. I’m training for a half marathon (one month away) and I was pretty much maxed out at a certain point. This is a very hard hike to do in one day.
It has A LOT of very steep ascent and descent. About 4 summits, so a lot of elevation gain. There is no flat or “road” terrain. It’s either steep up or down. Lots of rock scrambles specially on the Mau-har trail. Mau-har we did about 1 mile per hour. Don’t underestimate. It’s tough specially if you are doing in one day and hit the mau-har already tired!
We did the clockwise route. No water on the first half, and lots on the second. I took a 3L water bladder and didn’t finish it.
The 1.6 miles of AT that leads from parking lot to the “loop” is moderate, which is good to warm up for the hard work out and to cool down at the end of the day.
Even tho starting at mile 3 it’s a hard hike, the mal har trail is the most challenging! It’s also the most beautiful since you see a nice water fall and walk along some creeks.
I only saw people that were camping. We didn’t. As I said we did it all in the same day. But if camping is your thing, that may be the best way to do it.
It was a very fog day (whole day) so we couldn’t see anything from up there. There are 2-3 places that presumably has good views. And there one decent water fall and other smaller creeks. Walk along the water fall for half mile. Overall a nice hike but not for the views. Go if you want to take a challenge

Great hike! Unfortunately very foggy yesterday at the top but still an excellent trail. Well maintained and not too difficult. Dog loved it, he’s still asleep. Went up the right side and down the other. Based on my experience, it would be a slightly easier hike going up the left side. Definitely going to do this one again.

This is the second time we have done this hike and it is amazing. A year and a half ago there was still much burn evidence. Today it was much recovered. We hike it clockwise and find that to be best and the easiest part is at the end. The woods are just beautiful, having a mystical quality. The summit is about midway through the hike. Last time we were rewarded with the most stunning views we have seen on a hike. Today, the summit was in a cloud and we could see no views. Even so, it was a perfect day for a hike and all the rain this year added waterfalls and rushing water to the creek toward the end. Last time we took our dog and that was great, too.

hiking
11 days ago

Definitely one of our favorite trails. Great trek, great views. We really enjoyed this one. We took the fire trail down to give our dogs a break. We learned you can also take the fire trail up.

great views ! spent the night at Campbell camp and watched the sunrise .

hiking
12 days ago

This is a phenomenal hike—highly enjoyable and satisfying. The trail is challenging for the first third of a mile and the last mile plus before the knob. The two miles in the middle (along the fire road) are very easy and relaxing. They are also satisfying b/c they are along the ridge and, while in the trees and shaded, offer glimpses of the magnificent views to come. Then the destination, the Knob, is spectacular, breathtaking both for its geology, with the intimidating overhangs, and the views that rival any you’ll encounter anywhere. For an added treat, there’s an excellent novel in which the Knob figures prominently: “Prayers the Devil Answers” by Sharyn McCrumb. Adds an extra level of interest to the hike.

Great hike. Views are great. Extremely crowded on the weekends. The fire road is also a good option to get to the top.

Great hike with some of the best views I’ve seen!

My favorite hike yet. McAfee Knob challenges you in ways you wouldn’t know possible! Plan to spend several hours here as the trail itself is 3.9 miles out and 3.9 back. It took us 3.5 hours with minimal time at the top. Loved every second! Already planning on coming back soon!

hiking
14 days ago

Nice easy hike...

hiking
15 days ago

Disappointed by this hike, mainly because is was so cloudy at the top that we could barely see the lake. I’m sure it’s beautiful. The forest on the way up is not remarkable.

I loved this hike

Good hike. Good views.

Having never been here before, I expected more than I got. However, I did take the fire trail instead of the actual terrain trail so I walked on sand or gravel the entire time! The view at the top was a little crowded with many people there, but it was really relaxing nonetheless. Would go back.

Stunning views. Worth the effort to reach the top. Not crowded; rain scared off some folks. Hike back was in pouring rain but still would do it again!

well worth the hike to make it to the end amazing scenery especially in the fall

hiking
28 days ago

This was our first hike in Olympic National Park. It was a hot and lush day, lots of bugs. We went for long stretches without seeing any other hikers and it was peaceful. Highly recommend this one.

Definitely a popular hike and for good reason. The view at the top is breathtaking. The knob is fun but there will always be lines of people waiting to take pictures on it. Find a secluded spot and enjoy the amazing views!

One of the better defined and marked trails of AT. Something to note when hiking this trail is ‘breath’. It’s a consistent climb to the top, and if your not a regular hiker or have gained good breathing techniques through maybe yoga... It’ll feel like the air is getting thinner as you elevate. And you will likely stop frequently to catch your breath. But so worth the view and getting the shot of yourself on the knob... you’ll be glad you did!!

Great hike with an amazing pay off. Completed today with two slower hikers and made it up and back in 4.5 hours with a lunch stop. Recommend going early as it started to get busy. Also recommend taking trail up and fire road back - trail is worth it on the way up and you’ll appreciate the ease of the fire road when returning.

A worthwhile hike, despite the crowds. Parking lots was overflowing when we arrived on a Sunday morning around 8:20am. There are clear "no parking" signs along 311, but we found parking on Old Catabwa Road, only a short walk away. Cross 311 from the parking lot to begin the trail. After about .3 mile, there is a fork. You can choose either path. On the left is fire road and on the right is a proper trail. We took the trail up and the road down, which was a nice, gradual descent. The Knob is actually just off the trail; look for the "overlook" sign. The rocky outcroppings go a ways past the initial overlooks. If it's crowded, go down a ways for a little more solitude. There are port-o-potties at the parking lot, but remember to bring your own toilet paper/sanitizer if desired. No fee to park.

hiking
1 month ago

We started at Reid’s Gap and hiked clockwise. The first hill is rather challenging but not too bad. Then there is a slight descent for just over a mile. Next, there is a intersection between the AT and Mau-Har. We went left and hiked another three miles up a constant, challenging incline. Once you reach the overlook near the summit, the views are amazing!!!
We camped just below the summit at a beautiful overlook about 5.5 miles in. The next 5 miles were fairly easy - although the steep descent was challenging to go through quickly. Harper’s Creek was the first water source we came upon and we made sure to fill up. However, the trail is not clearly marked there and we took about a three mile detour. (It was a beautiful trail, however, and a great side trip if you have the time and energy!)
Once we got back on track, the hike to the intersection of the AT and Mau-Har trail was moderately difficult. Then we hit the Mau-Har trail. Water is plentiful and the scenery is beautiful but the trail is incredibly difficult. (We hiked this in the afternoon with 25lb packs and averaged just under a mile an hour with stops.) Take a left back onto the AT and back to Reid’s Gap.
My advice - take plenty of water as you’ll go about 10.5 miles before coming across a water source. If you do go clockwise, camp near Harper’s Creek or Campbell’s Creek to get most of the mileage done before tackling the Mau-Har the next day. It’s best done when you’re fresh and it’s still relatively cool. Also, don’t underestimate this hike. It’s all steep uphill or downhill and very little flat trail.

Excellent hike! I'm in moderate shape and it took me just over 2 hours to get to the top. It is definitely a workout, steady uphill the entire way but well worth it. The lake looks enchanted with crystal clear water and smoke floating in and out. Highly recommend!

I did not see any wildlife aside from birds and squirrels.

backpacking
1 month ago

So this is a great challenging hike. The trail loop is about 13-14 miles total starting out at the Reeds Gap parking stop. I did the loop and started clockwise heading south on the Mau-Har trail then north onto the Appalachian Trail. The Mau-Har was a nice slightly challenging hike with water stops and places to camp. The south portion on the AT trail was a difficult up hill with a rock scramble and tight trails the higher you go. There are places to camp but i would wait until you get to the locations at the top if you are hammock camping. The north half of the AT portion is slightly challenging and wider trails. There is no water on the AT portion of the trail so you will need to pack in what you need. There are also 2 shelters in this loop. One at each end of the Mau-Har trail. I did run across a rattle snake so just watch your step and watch the ground. Trekking poles will be your friends on this trail. The views are great take time to stop and take them in.

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