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2 days ago

Tons of falls and trail. A nice 6.5 in out. Great woodland views. Water all along the mileage.

we visited with old aged parents. was a bit nervous but it was easy. There were many chairs on the way for people to relax. This is as easy as it can be.

Coming from south there is a very similar trailhead and parking lot. Make sure you start at the “summit” parking lot else you can walk a couple of miles on the east side and the same distance or more to the west — none of which have a view or cross the AT!

Great hike, even though it downpours on our return. Amazing views, beautiful flowers, somewhat challenging terrain on the salamander trail coming back to the parking lot. Be sure to return on Salamander Trail or you will end up at the wrong parking lot and have to walk a mile on skyline drive. We caught the error before we had gone too far and climbed back up.Dog friendly hike.

Amazing view from the top. Me and my 3 year old did it easily in just under an hour. Don’t climb the rocks, the official guide book states this will kill hundreds of
Years of lichen on the rocks with just one footstep! Highly recommend.

very easy trail. nice filler. good for beginners. has an offshoot to other trails.

Beautiful view and very easy hiking

hiking
14 days ago

Very easy walking trail. It is flat with a gravel path and benches. We saw deer out here and we were able to get some great photos. You can connect to the Cresent Rock Trail from here. Cresent Rock is a 1.1 mike uphill climb which will take you to Skyline Drive. Cross the road to reach the Cresent Rock Overlook parking area and see the view.

One of my favorite hikes! Went counterclockwise, (AT | Salamander | peak | Lower Hawksbill Trail). Perfect balance of great terrain, elevation and some of the best panoramic views. On the trail, you’ll cross over rock fields in the middle of the trail. To note... From this direction, you’ll come to a fork in the road. There is a wooden pole with an arrow spray-painted on it that points right. Going that way will continue on Appalachian Trail to Rock Spring Hut. To complete the loop (to Salamander), go left (opposite of the arrow). I went about .5 miles before realizing and having to backtrack. On course... great climb to the highest peak in SNP!

Gorgeous 360 views at the top of the summit. I did climb up the rocks to get to the very top

Short and easy. Climb on and To the top of the talus boulder field for summit views. My kids (10 and 13) did it to get out of the car and stretch out legs on our way deeper into Shenandoah and they loved it.

Did the full loop on the AT, it's about 6.5miles. Went clockwise to get the AT finished first. Went after a few days of rain so all the falls we're beautiful. You do have to cross some steams and wet areas, best to wear good traction shoes.

Hiking to the tallest point in SNP is a great experience! The trail is lovely and features some beautiful talus slopes. We went counter-clockwise, which left the view towards the end but went down the steeper trail. Overall, the elevation gain is not too strenuous and the trail is well maintained. The peak, even when crowded, has plenary of outcropping to sit and enjoy the view, including the built up observation deck. Look for Old Rag in the distance! This is such a great, quick hike. Highly recommend!

I agree with the moderate designation. There were a good amount of inclines towards the end which could be challenging for those not physically fit. There were some beautiful views, a lot of it was wooded, and a few streams. We never came across the wading pool that’s mentioned in some of the other reviews. I don’t know if it was due to low water levels or if it just doesn’t exist. All in all a great hike. Would recommend.

Great, quick hike. Hiked trail clockwise --very steep at first, very gradual after the summit
Cloudy day, still had glimpses of beautiful vistas

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail. Swimming hole is pretty. But otherwise it's a pretty uneventful hike.

Nice hike through the woods - single file almost the whole way, a couple of nice views.

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!

Was there today, did the trail clockwise, it starts with a steep climb, had to take several breaks on my way to the summit, but it was ok, and the summit wasn’t that far. The rest of the trail was mostly downhill so it was pretty easy too. It took me around 2,5 hours or so. I expect the trail to be a little harder counter clockwise, will be doing it that way next time. Definitely can recommend it. The summit view is amazing!

Great view at summit and rewarding for a short hike. Fair amount of traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a good hike. The falls were not that impressive the day I went because it hadn't rained in a while but other hikers I spoke to that day said when it's been raining, the falls are great.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month ago

Very boring not much too see.

This was our first hike in Shenandoah, and it certainly has set the bar high!! We followed the advice of other posts below to ascend on the Salamander Trail which connects to Hawksbill. About a quarter mile from the summit, there is a pile of rocks on your left, we climbed up and saw some amazing views!! Don’t miss it! I took my 8 month old Irish Setter, and he did great. The descent on the Hawksbill gap is somewhat steep, but not anything to worry about. As others mentioned, the parking lot does fill up quickly. We started our hike at 8:00 AM, and there were only a few cars parked. When we returned at 10:00 AM, it was nearly full with people everywhere. Also, there was no line to get into the park, but by time we left there were 10+ vehicles waiting to get in. One thing to note, the description says the entrance fee is $20 - it’s actually $30! Have a great hike!!

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