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Awesome rock scramble

rock scrambling is the best.

hiking
1 month ago

This is probably my favorite trail in the entire park. This is like a giant playground. It feels exposed and if you are afraid of heights, this probably is one to stay away from ...but the views are amazing and worth it. It is a pretty easy hike and the payoff for the view is well worth the scramble. NO DOGS allowed on the trail for obvious reasons ...I don't want someone hurting their fur baby trying to get them up to the summit for a pic, there are plenty of other places for that in the park..

This hike is NOT 7.7 miles as listed. It is 9.6 so plan additional time for the extra two miles. Also be forewarned that the downhill section through Cedar Run is quite rocky and steep which can make for slow going, especially if it’s wet. Both the uphill through White Oak and the downhill through Cedar Run are ruggedly beautiful areas. There are no real views on this hike other than the dramatic waterfalls and rushing water. Several opportunities to swim or slide. White Oak is much more heavily trafficked than Cedar Run. Cedar Run feels more like walking in wilderness. The stretch on the fire road is fairly boring. It’s longer than you think and uphill almost to Skyline Drive. If you’re in good shape it’s more in the moderate range than Hard but the rocks and rough terrain can make it more difficult. It is fairly steep up and down either way you go. It a harder hike than Old Rag but the effort is rewarded. Bring a pair of sturdy, waterproof trail shoes. Sneakers not recommended.

This is one of my favorite day hikes period. Waterfalls, waterfalls, waterfalls. At the top , you are feet from skyline drive and have great views to the east in a few spots. It is hard. Steep up and steep down. If you want one of the hardest day hikes in the area; add a summit of Hawksbill with an incredible view of the Shenandoah Valley.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best places for sunrise/sunset if your up to scrambling up and down the rocks.

It was a nice hike, but short as the river was kinda high. We watched a some guys go across and it was Knee deep. Best part was seeing a bear on the way back. It was up on the ridge, just nosing around. It may have wanted to go to the river, which is stocked with trout, but there were enough people about to change his mind. Be warned- it’s pretty popular and parking is pretty limited. Also, there aren’t any porta-johns there, so plan ahead. We can’t wait to try it again!

A beautiful trail on a beautiful fall day! Plenty of waterfalls and rock outcroppings to enjoy during your breaks. I benefitted from having hiking poles, but they aren’t strictly necessary. Good shoes, however, are!

I met the love of my life on this trail, so I’m biased;)

Overall an easy trail, probably rated moderate for the water crossings (lots of places you just need to wade through, but since the trail terrain itself is fairly flat path you can just wear chacos in the summer.)
Most fun I’ve ever had on a simple out and back, multiple water crossings and swimming holes, fairly impressive waterfall with sufficient rainfall at the end, GREAT swimming hole too. Even if you’re wearing all your clothes, just jump in. You’ll fall in love.

This is actually about a 9 mile, not 7.7mile, hike if you take the loop. Be prepared! Not a difficult hike by any means. I’d rate this at easy to moderate myself. I didn’t feel poles were needed but a good pair of shoes to descend Cedar Run Trail certainly were. Lots of river crossings and few logs left to cross on now. The rocks are pretty slick but still a fairly easy crossing unless of course you have a dog. It took us 5 hours 30 minutes with our pup. Beautiful waterfalls and views on the first leg!

Fabulous hike. Non-stop beauty all the way. We are avid hikers and found this hike to be more on the moderate than hard end. It is the most scenic hike we’ve done while in this area.

It’s under an hour, but it’s a great hour. Rock scramble is fun, you’re inches from sheer cliff in a few spots, though. Can be crowded.

The hike is moderate not as steep the first section to the first waterfall. The waterfall is beautiful and impressive. All along the way you rock outcropping, moss and many fallen trees. This makes for a different trail hike with something different to see along the way. Would defined hike again.

Bearfence is always a hike. Short and sweet with quite the view at the peak. It is challenging for those who do not like heights or are unsteady on their feet.

Short trail with some challenging rock scrambles, definitely not pet friendly, nice views

We only trailed about 2 miles in Bc we started so late. We went left to the blue trail which was really cool. It was a lot of hiking up. Pretty heavy trafficked for a Sunday. We’re going back tomorrow to checkout the left route.

This was a really great hike for us! We got to the parking lot at about 9 and it was relatively empty with only about 10 other cars there but by the time we left it was packed, so I would recommend getting there as early as you can to ensure that there is parking. We did the trail in the opposite direction as this page suggests, as that is what the Ranger suggested to us.

There are a ton of small to medium falls/rapids and a handful of large (30-80ft) waterfalls along the White Oak Canyon trail. At the bottom of the falls there are usually swimming holes, but it being October we decided to forgo that opportunity until a later time. The trail going up was a bit steep in some places, but was not bad overall. Once you get onto the connecting fire road, it was still a bit of an incline but not bad at all. It is also much smoother and easier to walk on that either of the two other legs of the trail. Cedar Run Trail was a much steeper, much more narrow, and much more rocky than White Oak Canyon. I would recommend very good shoes for that to prevent you from rolling an ankle. The trail was very scenic the entire way, but we felt that going down Cedar Run was doing it a disservice because we missed a lot of scenery because we were constantly looking down trying to find flatish surfaces to step on. There are also a couple times you have to cross the water going down, over logs and rocks. It wasn't a problem for us at all, but some people had dogs or small children that I'm not sure how they fared.

It was extremely empty when we started at 9, and we only saw 3 people on the trail until we got to about the fire road. After that it was much more crowded, though nothing too crazy. We finished the trail in just under 6 hours, but we probably should have stopped more to appreciate the scenery going down Cedar Run trail.

I tracked this on my Fitbit app with GPS sync, and it said we took 5 hours 57 minutes over 8.35 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

It was such an incredible hike! My favorite in Shenandoah! It took us about 5 hours, but we went at a good pace and took a few short stops along the way. I suggest parking at the white oak boundary parking (the coordinates All Trails gives you; note parking filled up around 10 AM), then start to the right on white oak canyon trail. This way, you’ll start going up hill then end going down hill, which is definitely the way to go!!

There are gorgeous waterfalls, lookouts, and swimming holes, and parts are at a pretty steep incline with some rock scrambles. The middle part of the loop, Whiteoak Canyon fire road, was also at an incline but didn’t have any rocks or anything—just trees, so it felt kind of long. Going down Cedar Run Trail is very rocky and sometimes slippery; highly recommend good hiking shoes. There are some pretty waterfalls, swimming holes, and lunch spots on this part of the trail. You will have to cross a few streams.

The trail was busy but not too crowded. The leaves are starting to fall with some pretty fall colors. Definitely suggest starting this trail early in the day as the sun sets earlier this time of year.

All around great hike...

My favorite trail during my time in the park. Fun rock scramble at the end and a beautiful 360 view to top it all off.

Absolutely it was an adventure!! We went to this place on a sunny day and started hiking uphill at 1:30. We took rest for five minutes at couple of places and sat down whenever we needed some rest. We thought of doing a loop trail which was 8 miles and we couldn’t find that loop trail with the signs so we lost of our way and headed up straight for the other end parking without knowing. After sometime we realized we are not heading back to the beginning point and it was almost six in the evening. We started returning and like after just five minutes we saw a black bear which is coming Down the hill looking at us. (That’s the first time looking at the bear!!!!!) we started running back to the other parking place, and some other hikers after 20 minutes and we made it to the other parking and thankfully, other hikers were so nice and dropped us to our parking place!!! Did I mention that it was our first hike and went without any preparations? ;)

So I recommend starting early as 10 o clock in the morning would be the best if you want to complete the loop, of course it was very steep and wet rocks but the view of waterfalls makes it worthy!!

Beautiful views. Peaceful place for the sunrise, quick rock scramble.

this was a pretty challenging trail, but the hike next to the waterfalls made it worth it to keep going definitely recommend waterproof and grippy shoes alot of wet rocks

To be honest this loop Cedar Run up and White Oak canyon down is not difficult at all. Very easy hike even for my friend who never hikes. Enjoyable hike with lots of waterfalls and places to swim. There are about 4 times needed to wade across the stream but its not deep just remove your shoes and cross. The trail is very well maintained and is not steep.

Great hike! Lots of water along the trail and the waterfalls are great. If it’s been raining prepare to get your feet wet, the main entrance was flooded and you have to cross at your own risk. There was one other creek crossing about shin deep and lots of deep puddles along the way. It gets really good when you start to climb. There’s lots of rock and opportunities to roll an ankle. Definitely worth going back over and over again!

This trail took my friends and I just over six hours to complete. The six hours included a lunch break, several trips down a natural water slide, and a couple of stops for the dog to swim. It is a difficult trail—personally, I think it is more difficult than Old Rag.

The connecting fire trail between White Canyon and Cedar Run is uneventful, but the first and last portions of this loop make the hike worthwhile. We did not realize that we’d be able to ride the natural water slide of Cedar Run, but when we saw others doing it, we knew we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. We were soaked on the hike back to the car with no regrets!

After you enter the trail, I suggest making a right to see White Oak Canyon first. You can then end your hike by swimming in and sliding into the pools of Cedar Run.

hiking
3 months ago

This has to be one of the best value hikes in Shenandoah. The level of effort vs rewarding views is awesome! My 12yo son and I made this out first hike in Shenandoah and it was a perfect way to break-in to hiking. The trail was lightly trekked unlike Hawksbill or other popular trails that can get crowded. There is a fun little rock scramble and a false peak that is the perfect place to take in the views and a snack. It only took 30-45 minutes to summit at a relaxed pace and stops to take in different scenic or fun spots along the way. We did it on a hot and humid July day so I look forward to doing it in better weather in the fall.

Less than impressive, that’s all I can honestly say.... The long ness of the hike was expected but not the challenge of it, it was very rocky (which we weren’t prepared for shoe wise) and poorly marked making it a hard trail to follow. The water fall was less than remarkable and the water hole you were supposed to swim in was small and crowded, oh and ps there was no rope swing which very much was probably the most upsetting part of the whole trip.

Great hike but very crowded, crossed the creek 3 times water low had no problem. The falls at the end were very pretty!

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