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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 4, 2020
Hiking

Great Trail! The incline is a little steep on the way up. Beautiful views. My 10 year old did it easily. Start early in the morning or later in the evening. Mid-days are crowded.

Andrew Sharrock reviewed Sugarloaf Loop via Appalachian Trail
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Hiking

Did this in conjunction with Little Devils Stairs, overall it was a good trail for an extra workout, but the views were nothing you couldn't get from Skyline drive and the trail was fairly crowded on a weekday. Good trail if you're just looking to get out for something short and to get your heart pumping, but nothing special.

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Hiking
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 2, 2020
Hiking

Bushwhacked under the telephone pole line to start (lots of fresh blackberries) then leveled out on Matthews Arm “trace” and traversed the Mt Knob trail, dropped down to Jeremy’s Run and up to the AT, crossing Skyline Drive and back to Piney Run finishing at Redbird Camp CCC.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 2, 2020
Hiking

completed this one today. the campground parking was closed so i parked at hogback overlook and hiked down tuscarora to the falls. started at 7 and didn’t pass anyone til i was about a mile past the falls. not gonna lie, the hike up beecher with the humidity today was brutal. (i just hiked 2 4k peaks in NH last week so i’m not out of shape). don’t underestimate this one. found a bunch of bear scat, and heard one on the matthews arm link back to tuscarora. it was just under 13miles by my watch. parking lot was jammed and parking all over the road when i returned.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 1, 2020
Hiking

awesome little hike, a few spots where the terrain was a bit rough. definitely should go counter clockwise, the elevation change is better. great view at the top but definitely a busy spot. parking is limited but we got a spot even at noon.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 27, 2020
HikingBugs

Great trail with beautiful views near and at the summit! We went counterclockwise and had a gradual climb to the summit and a steep decline on the way back to the trailhead—we were super thankful for this!

Marcella Rocha-Graves reviewed Hawksbill Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 27, 2020
Hiking

Just got to record the way down!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 27, 2020
Hiking

One of the best short hikes I’ve done so far and also, the overlook is such a beauty! Thanks to everyone who recommended taking the counterclockwise trail. Y’all saved my weak knees!

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 26, 2020
HikingGreat!
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 25, 2020
HikingBugsRocky
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 21, 2020
HikingBugsGreat!Rocky
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 20, 2020
Hiking

Definitely a pretty strenuous hike with overnight packs. The downhill on the first day is steep, the ascent on the second day is a little more gradual but long. Shaded the whole way which is nice for a summer hike. This is a really great downloadable map and guide for the hike: http://www.ktnpblog.com/maps/shenandoah/ktnpblog-overall-run-beecher-ridge-trail-map.pdf It was nice to get to the swimming holes at the end of the day when they were clearing out. Just a couple of other groups swimming. Trail was pretty empty the whole way and there was definitely bear activity on all sections of the trail. We had 4 bear sightings (8 bears!) over the two day hike. Be cautious but they all scattered quickly or climbed trees when they saw us. Whole trail is beautiful forest and the vista at Overall Falls is pretty spectacular. Swimming holes are beautiful and serene, but not a lot of other landmarks along the trail if you're not content with just a walk through the woods!

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 19, 2020
BackpackingGreat!Rocky

Completed on 07/19/20-07/20/20. REMEMBER TO LEAVE NO TRACE. PACK IT IN. PACK IT OUT. PICK UP TRASH YOU FIND. Drove to Mathews Arm Campground to park and grab backpacking permit. Friendly Park Ranger gave me a permit and said that the lot was full and redirected me to Hogback Overlook to park. It was a busy Sunday afternoon, but I found a place to park in the Overlook's parking lot. There was parking available on the shoulder there as well. Started out on the trail around 2:30pm. Trail from Hogback starts on the AT for about .4 miles and then connects to Tuscarora and Overall Run (blue blazes). The first day was all rocky downhill, which we expected thanks to the reviews from other hikers and campers. It was steep and we had to watch our footing, but I would rate it as moderate. About 1.5 hrs in we were happy to find a stream where we filled up on water. Overall Run Falls was visible, but not too full, as was expected in mid July. After the steep, rocky decline the trail leads into the woods, where we welcomed the shade. About 4-4.5 miles in we reached the swimming holes (4 cascading pools) where about 20 or so people were swimming. We continued on for about 10 minutes and found a lovely camp site along the stream, close to the trailhead for Overall Run and Beecher Ridge connector trail. Went back to swim after setting up camp. Next day we started the hike up Beecher Ridge and passed a hiker who said she saw a couple of bears on her way down. We made a point to be vigilant and to continue conversation as we walked to alert any bears of our presence. Must have worked because we didn't see any bears during the 2.3 journey up Beecher Ridge (or anywhere on the trail that day for that matter.) The hike up Beecher Ridge (yellow blazes) in the heat with our overnight packs was definitely strenuous. We stopped many times just to refuel and rest. It was entirely wooded, but well marked. We regularly checked for ticks but did not find any on us. We took Mathews Arm unpaved road and Traces trail back to Tuscarora and Overall trail and the AT, which led us back to the parking lot. Both days were about 4 hours of hiking. First day all down hill, second day all uphill. There were no places to fill up on water the second day so be sure to have enough when you start out. All in all great trails and a challenging hike.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 18, 2020
Hiking

This is a great well maintained trail with awesome views. Went counter clockwise. A steep half mile climb with a gradual 2 mile decent. Much easier on the knees.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 15, 2020
Hiking

Short, 3.0 mile loop. Most hikers take the path to the right (counter-clockwise) which gradually rises in altitude all the way up to the summit and then has a steep decline all the way back to the trail head. We took the left path (clock-wise), which takes you up to the summit very steeply, and very quickly. After summiting, we had that long gradual decline back to the trail head, which saves the knees. Nice views at the top.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 13, 2020
Hiking

If you want a more gradual ascent to the peak, then do the loop counterclockwise (from the parking lot, go to the right to link up with the Appalachian Trail and take a left up to the Salamander Trail). This path is twice as long to the top but much more gradual. We actually came down from the summit this way but wished we had known differently. We went straight up the Lower Hawksbill Trail which is a straight incline. No switchbacks. Great workout, but a bit tiring considering we did two other hikes prior to this one. However, we thoroughly enjoyed the summit. Great views, and plenty of rocks for me to scramble on like a little kid on a playground. Two other great hikes we did this afternoon were Bearfence (short fun scramble with beautiful views) and Dark Hollow (beautiful waterfalls).

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 12, 2020
Hiking

Nice trail, but pretty busy, and not my personal favorite viewpoint in Shenandoah. Still good tho and challenging for its length

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 10, 2020
Hiking

Nice little hike with great views at the tops, and you could bring the dogs along!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 8, 2020
Hiking

Really nice trail, the top has a spot to view out across the mountains. The trail was moderate. My fiancé and I, plus the dog, preferred going the steep incline first and then around the back side.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 5, 2020
Hiking

Great trail through the woods! This trail starts at a viewing point. I recommend using the parking lot at the other intersection of this trail with Skyline Drive.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 3, 2020
HikingGreat!

Great trails! Mildly steep to the summit, but doable. Most of the trail is in the shade so even on a hot day it's a great hike!

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 28, 2020
Hiking

6/28/20 - Steep from the kick, but only .75m of climbing to the summit. Deer rambling all around. Nice little hike if you’re pinched on time.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 27, 2020
Hiking

Nice trail, beautiful weather, a good uphill going up and easy coming back. Beautiful view at the summit

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 27, 2020
Hiking

Very nice hike. Steep in the way up, nice and easy on the way back down. There was a fallen tree, but nothing someone couldn’t get around. Great views!

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