Amazing day hike. A little scary near the end but honestly you can do it. Amazing views. I was beginner hiker when I did this and made it just fine. Stop by a local winery after to celebrate! We stopped by Sharp Rock, which is a guy named Jim in his barn lol. Tasty stuff though. Nothing fancy.

One of my favorite trails, but it is being monitored by park rangers due to it being closed for Covid -19. I went today and wasn’t able to hike it due to the parking lot being gated in and a ranger monitoring the entrance. It’s possible that it’s not always being monitored.

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

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3 days ago

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bugs
fee
off trail
4 days ago

Really great trail. Recommend going clockwise at the trailhead for a less “strenuous” hike. There are some parts of the trail that go through water. All in all, an excellent hike.

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rocky
5 days ago

Great trail and well maintained. Mostly shaded which was great with the sun and 80° weather today. Gets rocky towards the summit but offers amazing views! Mostly uphill.

Does anyone know if this trail is currently open? On here it says closed due to COVID-19... thanks!!!

One of the best hikes in Shenandoah NP! The rock scrambling was awesome. I would highly recommend hitting this one if u have the time

A very nice hike indeed! Be aware that the trailhead is NOT the gated off fireroad across from the parking lot! The proper trailhead is about 100ft(?) north of that gated path, further up Skyline Drive. It is recognizable by the ~3ft tall, 4"x4" concrete Appalachian Trail pylon just off the east side of roadway. I hiked on a very cloudy, muggy, and periodically rainy Wed, the first Wed after Memorial Day. The whole of Skyline Drive had been closed for some 8+ weeks prior to this past weekend, so that may make this review less relevant in normal times, but these are not normal times. I did this hike counter clockwise, but would recommend doing this hike CLOCKWISE, the opposite of what All Trails suggests. My review references the direction I took (counter clockwise). The hike is rather inverted either way, beginning with a decent and finishing with a protracted ascent, there's no way around that. That said, I felt like the East /North side of the hike had much more water than the West side, and if you're climbing, you would rather have the water available. There was a LOT of trash on this trail especially at and prior to the waterfall. The waterfall was very VERY nice, probably 40-50ft to my judgement. I should hope that usually there is far less trash (beer bottles, water bottles, tampax wrappers, food packaging, para cord, etc), perhaps there was just a lot of inconsiderate people eager to go camping over the Memorial Day weekend. Just remember, you're either part of the problem for dropping trash, part of the problem for leaving trash you see, or part of the solution for picking it up. Leave no Trace ftw The trail is WWWAAAYYYY less used beyond the waterfall-- far less trash and borderline overgrown. The path was easy to find and well beaten, but grasses, plants, and limbs of all kinds brush your calves abd shoulders for much of the path (as do the spider webs, sad to say). It was thin and pretty dense, but very nice, and I think I preferred the second part to the first. What I didn't prefer was that schlep up. It was just indamnably steady and unrelenting. Never too steep and only a few portions of switchback, just STEADY. Several shallow forges (you're good in boots, not so good in shoes unless you want to get wet). A few but not many good for camp looking places. A nice hike, I am eager to try it again soon in the opposite direction!

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9 days ago

This is one of those trails you wish you could keep to yourself... but everyone should know about how great it is! Strenuous, took us about 4.5 hours with a quick swim stop. Water crossings about ankle-deep. Agreed: go clockwise! My new favorite in SNP.

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bugs
flooded
over grown
9 days ago

Wish I had known had difficult the hike was before letting my friends talk me into it. At the end of the day it was quite an accomplishment. The view was stunning from up top. Requires a little bit of bouldering climbing as you get higher. Perfect place to spend the day hiking if you want a beautiful scenic view. I would definitely do it again in the future.

Fantastic trail. Great fun crossing the stream three times on the way down to the camp. Loved it. A bit muddy....walking sticks hugely helpful!

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12 days ago

My 14-year old son and I hiked this trail on 23 May, the first day that SNP reopened following the COVID-19 closure. This is a great, moderate difficulty trail. We saw some beautiful butterflies at the bottom, around miles 4 and 5. There must have been over 100 butterflies! We arrived at the park at about 7:45 am, which was 15 minutes before the official opening. After waiting in car queue for about 10 minutes, we got right in (thanks to the annual military national park pass! We were the first vehicle at the Elkwood parking lot. We were aiming for a 15 mile hike to help with my son's boyscout hiking merit badge, so we decided to go clockwise in the envent we needed to add a few miles at the end. We had a great time! The Jeremy's Run crossings were the best part of the hike, as we pondered how to best cross without getting our feet too wet. We misstepped on a couple rocks here and there, which resulted in us taking our boots off, ringing out our socks, and carrying on. The climb during miles 6-9 up the Knob Hill trail was demanding, but great exercise!

Tough hike, but well-worth it. After you scramble over the rocks and pause for the views on the way up, the summit will still take your breath away. You won’t want to leave! This is the busiest trail I’ve hiked, though, so if you arrive after early-morning, don’t be surprised if you have to wait for parking.

Sam, did you find out if the trail is open? I'm planning Mem'l Day weekend and would like to try the hike. Thanks!

Is this trail currently open for hiking? The national park website says it is closed and a couple of friends and myself would love to hike this trail tomorrow.

What an awesome trail! Yes this is a difficult hike but well worth it in the end. My friend and I are not the fittest people but we made it and I have to say I would do it again. Great hike if you are looking to spend your whole day walking and taking pictures.

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scramble
22 days ago

Be aware that this hike is hard for the most FIT people. I didn’t take too many breaks but I highly recommend doing so to prevent being sore for the next few days. The 1st part is steep switchbacks, followed by a pretty challenging scramble to the top. The 360 views at the top are some of the best in Shenandoah. The descent is mainly fire roads, so after you summit the work is essentially done. This took a little over 4 hours with minimal breaks ascending and a lunch break at the top. This was the first hike I had ever been on, and it literally changed my life. HIGHLY recommend to someone looking for a rewarding challenge.

I love this hike and have done it multiple times. Was thinking of doing it again this weekend. Does anyone know if there is still access to the trail?

Trail closed for Covid 19

The trail was great but SO long it was definitely so hard!!! We started at 10 and didn’t finish till about 4 ish. We stopped at some swimming holes to swim and we took some breaks because it was tough. We did it in August and it was SO hot I wish I had packed more water. Atleast we started at the bottom which I highly suggest, if you start at the bottom it means you do all the up hill work first. We did hike about 1 mile up the wrong trail it was a little unclear.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

First trail I ever did in SNP. One of the funnest day hikes I've done Loved every minute of the rock scramble. Beautiful 360 degree views at the top. 10/10 would recommend. I'm in great shape and very athletic (not just saying that to stroke my ego. 27 years old, former D1 athlete, several years of hiking experience, just to give you some perspective) and some parts of the scramble were a little awkward and challenging to maneuver. Wouldn't recommend the rock scramble for anyone who is weak, out of shape, bad knees, bad balance, etc.. you could seriously hurt yourself. Be smart out there.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Had a lot of fun with this trail! About 1/4 flat uphill, 1/4 uphill rock scramble, and 1/2 fire trail. I recommend starting early (I started at 7 and took about five hours) and going with a friend (I hiked this trail on March 2nd)

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