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hiking
13 hours ago

I think it belongs somewhere between easy and moderate. Decent elevation gain so does require some exertion. Muddy right now but not too bad. Pleasant to be covered by trees 90% if the trail so not too hot. Amazing view.

hiking
1 day ago

Fun hike! Still very (very) muddy, but worth it for the view! Definitely recommend going early in the day because it does get quite busy.

hiking
2 days ago

My first time hiking this trail, I was not disappointed. I enjoy hikes where I can push myself. Beautiful spring morning, as usual I hike mornings to beat the crowd. I saw some wild flowers, a Bellwort, another first. Great views from the top, ate lunch and rested a bit before heading back down. Only 45 minutes from Blacksburg, I will go again soon.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike! It was steep and not gonna lie it kind of kicked my ass. Haha. Be prepared to rock climb.

A very well maintained trail to one of the most photographed spots on the AT. If you know the night is clear & can pull yourself out of bed, wake up early & do this as a sunrise hike. A 270 degree view facing east makes it absolutely stunning. There’s a fire road to make the hike easier if you want which many do when hiking at night for the sunrise.

A fun hike. I don't think I'd classify as "Hard" but there's a bit of rock hopping. It does have a pretty unique summit. Fun for pretty much the whole fam. Littles may need to be carried for 1/3 or more of the hike.

Great hike with beautiful waterfall, we did the route counterclockwise which we would recommend for trail running as the footing was more stable for the descent. Coming back up Cornelius Creek presented some creek crossing challenges due to the volume of water.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail to hike! Especially in the morning and it was a quick one too considering how I did this one right before my friend’s wedding in the evening. Took me about 5 hours to and back. The hike to the top consists of about 1.7 miles of uphill climb followed by 0.7 mile of climbing over rocks. Word of caution, there is no cell reception until you get to the top, so it’s advisable to hike with someone for safety.

We took the AT to the overlook and then the Fire Road back down (as shown on the map.)
My friend was carrying 45-50lbs and I had 30-35lbs. This hike was brutal and we hike almost every weekend.
We finished the hike in less than five hours - but expect to take some breaks and allow plenty of time to enjoy the overlook! Also, everyone seems to congregate at the first part of the overlook. If you keep going, it’s much quieter and the views are spectacular!
We are training so we needed the brutal workout - but otherwise - take the Fire Road. There’s not much you’ll miss on the AT other than stone/wood/rock steps, steep inclines and descents, and sore calves that will stay with you for days. The views on the way are nothing short of amazing and the view from the top definitely makes it worth it!!!

Super fun hike! Several stream crossings and lots of rock scrambling towards the top. A bit tricky towards the dragon tooth but that's what makes it fun. Took us about 2:30 round trip.

Excellent hike with steady ascent the whole way and excellent view from summit. Very rocky so be prepared and aware. Also saw black bears on this hike so beware of hiking alone!

It was pretty. Not on my favorites list. 7.8 my ass.. trail was 9 miles.. I dunno how y’all got 7.8..

Views completely worth the work! The uphills on the way back were just cruel. Followed it up with a trip to Deschutes.

Such a beautiful quiet trail. This is where I solo hiked for the first time and it is a hike I will never forget and find myself visiting at least once a year!

We took the AT to the knob and the fire road on the way back. We started early, so there was plenty of parking and few people on the trail. By the time we made our way back, it was significantly busier. This is a tough trek and absolutely worth it.

Awesome well-maintained 8 mile RT, ~1700 ft. elevation gain, lots of ups with some downs, you hike from the Andy Layne parking area through a couple of ups and downs and across a couple of streams through 3 miles of the cement company land - nice of them to donate - and then you reach the AT and go up about another mile to the top of Tinker Cliffs. Thanks to the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club for maintaining this great trail. Awesome views, lots of rock outcroppings to have lunch and chill. I had a great day on a Friday and suspect it gets crowded on weekends due to its proximity to Roanoke, VA. Highly recommend this hike.

My first visit but definitely not my last. We took the fire road to McAfee Knob. It was a lot easier I understand. My girlfriend, who has MS, completed this hike. Took us about 6 hours 11 minutes with stops for picture taking. I also took my dogs, a shihpoo & a boxer.

My son and I started at Reeds gap and hiked in to the Harper’s Creek Shelter. Due to some slight rain and all of the boulders on the AT side it was extremely slippery, but a beautiful hike. Even if it did take eight hours to hike in. On the second day we hiked back to the car by completing the loop. The waterfalls were absolutely wonderful. This was the first backpacking trip for my 18-year-old son and I. I now understand the labeling of difficult as this trail was. It will make you sore, but the views are very much worth it. We had a great time.

hiking
21 days ago

I hiked this April 2 and it was beautiful and I would definitely recommend this, it's a little hard going up but the view is worth it.

hiking
21 days ago

very uphill! fun if you love climbing rocks- i mean LOVE climbing rocks. saw many people with dogs!

One of the coolest hikes I have ever done. If you do this loop as an overnight counter-clcokwise staying in the basin, there's a really cool unofficial but easy to follow trail leading from the east side of Lunch Lake past some other lakes back up to the ridge and if you jump off that trail you get epic views over Long Lake.

Unbelievably funnnnn trail with the rock scramble! We were so nervous to try it out but sooooooo thankful we didn’t chicken out! Best hike everrr! It’s an absolute full body workout once you get to the scramble! You need good shoes, hands free and plenty of water. And you gotta get back down the same way so be ready for that!! Best day ever!! You gotta do this hike!!

We started our hike Friday March 30th from Reid’s Gap and hiked the top of the first peak where we set up camp. It has a beautiful view and great site for setting up. The temperature was around mid 60’s during the day; however, the temperature dropped drastically getting down to right above 30 at night. The next morning we began our loop beginning at Maupin Shelter and going clockwise towards three ridges. The hike was difficult with steep inclines. One you hit the peak of three ridges you descend over several areas of boulders, not easy on the knees. After a couple of miles we landed at our second camp site Harpers Creek Shelter. The camp site is great with a great water source. The next day you start off by doing a pretty hefty incline followed by steep descending trails to end up by some fantastic waterfalls. Take you time and rest because the next mile was grueling. Maybe not as hard but just as challenging . Ascending in short but steep inclines combined with rocks along the river was definitely challenging but very rewarding. We finished our hike and headed to devils backbone for much needed meal with beverage.

Awesome trail! It took us about 3 hours to complete with our dog. The views once you get to the top are gorgeous. A little chilly/windy at the top. We wish we would have taken more than just a snack and spent more time at the top enjoying the views.

hiking
22 days ago

Loved this hike! A great workout and a great challenge with an incline the whole way up, the rope portion after the maintained trail ends was also a unique challenge. The views of crescent lake the the mountains was well worth it!

hiking
23 days ago

A nice trail in and a great summit & view. The problem is that this peak was busier than last weekend's amusement park visit. Use the boy scout trail and the AT for a more technical, less traveled, and better hike. Would visit again when college kids are in class or not in session.

This is one of the easier trails we have done. The views at the top are absolutely stunning. Lots of people on the trail. There’s a road you can take the majority of the way out for an even easier hike. Anyone can do this trail.

Great hike with some challenging portions. Took two dogs with us to the Cliffs. Amazing views.

Well maintained trail and challenging hike but not strenuous. I thought it would be crowded based on the reviews. We went on Easter Sunday, and it wasn’t crowded at all!

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