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    Member Since August 2019

    Alyssa Francis

    Reading, Pennsylvania 

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    Alyssa Francis added Kemblesville

    6 days ago

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    Alyssa Francis reviewed Hawksbill Summit Trail

    12 days ago

    Great hike! Our legs were burning by the time we reached the top, but the views were worth it. The summit wasn’t too crowded (we went on a Friday afternoon in the summer) - there were about 4 couples/families there. Very windy at the top, but it sure felt good after the hike up!

    Alyssa Francis reviewed Stony Man via Appalachian Trail

    12 days ago

    This hike was fairly easy, and I’m so glad we chose it as our first hike in Shenandoah. It has a beautiful view at the top, and it was a great way to ease ourselves into a weekend full of hiking!

    Alyssa Francis reviewed Rose River Trail

    12 days ago

    This was a good hike, and I was exhausted by the end of it. The Rose River Falls are pretty and relatively secluded. However, I wouldn’t have wanted to hang out for long there because it was a bit buggy. As others have mentioned, going clockwise around the loop is probably best! That way, you get to see the cascades in front of you rather than having to turn around. Also, the fire road was a nice smooth way to end the hike (which we needed by that point!). We also hiked up to see Dark Hollow Falls before heading back to our car. I recommend that if you’re not planning on doing the Dark Hollow Falls Trail separately.

    Alyssa Francis completed Rose River Trail

    12 days ago

    Alyssa Francis reviewed Dark Hollow Falls Trail

    12 days ago

    We hiked up part of Dark Hollow Falls Trail from the Rose River Loop Trail. We were already exhausted from the first part of our hike, so Dark Hollow Falls seemed especially steep to us. However, the Falls were beautiful, so it was worth the extra burn in our legs. The waterfall area was definitely a bit overcrowded (we got there around noon on a summer Sunday afternoon). Got some good pictures but felt that there were too many people to really sit and enjoy the view. We hiked back down to continue on Rose River Fire Road back to the parking lot where our car was.

    Alyssa Francis reviewed Blackrock Summit via Trayfoot Mountain and Appalachian Trail

    12 days ago

    One of my favorite hikes in Shenandoah! The trail was relatively easy, and it takes you to a rock scramble with incredible 360 views! You don’t have to do the scramble (there is a path that goes around it) but I highly recommend it.

    Alyssa Francis reviewed White Oak Canyon Trail

    12 days ago

    We hiked down from Skyline Drive. We passed two beautiful waterfalls and continued so that we could see the other four waterfalls that were marked on our map. However, we ended up turning around before we reached them all, because they appeared to be more like cascades than waterfalls. I think the water was very low (August), which may have been the reason for this. In any case, the trail seemed to be getting progressively more difficult as we went down, and we decided that it wasn’t worth it anymore for the cascades. The hike back up was a bit brutal because it was steep, but overall it was a good hike. I do wish we had gotten to see the swimming hole that people have mentioned, although I don’t regret turning around early.

    Alyssa Francis reviewed Bearfence Mountain Trail

    12 days ago

    This was a great hike with AMAZING views at the top! It’s relatively easy until you get to the rock scramble. The scramble itself was more mentally challenging than physically challenging. There are a few places where you are right on the edge of a cliff, and one misstep would end very badly... Definitely wouldn’t want to be doing this in the rain/snow. As long as you are relatively fit, have decent hiking shoes, and aren’t afraid of heights, you should be okay in good weather. Not sure I would recommend it for kids, unless they are very experienced hikers/climbers and they listen to/stick with their parents. However, I did pass a few children at the top with their dad, and they seemed to be doing fine with the scramble.