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Enjoyed a nice overnight out and back hike from the parking lot/trail head, to Buzzard Rocks, and an overnight in the David Lesser Shelter area over the three day weekend. The trail wasn't very challenging, mostly flat, and was moderately traveled with other day and overnight hikers. I enjoyed the fall colors and views from Buzzard Rocks. That said, although the trail was pretty warn down and obvious, I didn't see many white blaze trail markers and those that I did were pretty faded throughout the out and back. The David Lesser shelter and tent camping area was very nice and well maintained, but I did unfortunately see several pieces of trash and cans that people had left behind. The spring at the bottom of the hill was flowing. Take your poles and be prepared to haul the water up about .4 miles, however. Although I'd give the hike 4 stars, I'd give the shelter and camping area a 5. Highly recommend it for someone looking for a nice short hike and overnight stay. As others have said, however, be very careful crossing over 9 to get onto and off the trail. Really should be a flashing light there for drivers to slow down.

Well marked and moderately challenging. Great view at the top.

One day, 3 loops. 41 miles, 12,500ft VA I would strongly recommend mountain runners and hikers training for elevation to give this challenge a shot. Leave in darkness, return in darkness - used my car at the trailhead as a base camp. This was the only way doing this challenge was feasible for me, and I still ran out of water on the third loop. The route is technical, so from the start, watch your foot placement. Plenty of biting ankle-breakers on this trail, both in ascent and descent. Some good spots for running, esp. downhill (maximize these opportunities). Have some familiarity with the trail for this challenge, because speed is crucial. This was my first time on this trail, so my first loop was slow. Will return soon to try for four.

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1 month ago

If your looking for solitude, then this is it. I didnt see anyone else hiking this trail. I decided to go counter clockwise and found the climbing easier. I suggest staying on the fire road during the last stretch do to the fact the trail that coming in to the left is not there.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This trail wore me out with the constant climb up to the knob. It was also a really hot September day. I would have enjoyed it more during cooler weather as the sauna like heat/ humidity and constant bugs weren't very pleasant. Great trail and it will help me get in shape but I usually do less challenging trails

Wooh. All up hill if you go counterclockwise. Ran out of daylight so stopped after 6 miles. Didn’t have enough time on Sunday AM to complete loop (3?hour drive home) so I retraced my steps and came back down the AT south. Tough hike. Not too well trafficked in September.

Nice ridge hike through the forest. Moderate rating is more the distance than the elevation. It’s a light grade up going south. Rock, sand and dirt trail. It took us 2.5 hours roundtrip. The shelter at the turnaround point has nice benches for a snack and to rest. They also have a picnic table.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Beautiful views, however buggy during the hike and at the top - wear big spray. Make sure to wear very sturdy hiking boots as almost the entire trail has rocks/loose rocks that will hurt the bottom of your feet. You’ll need the extra grip as well. The hike is steep up and steep down as you get closer to the top. 3 different rock scrambles as you near the top as well.

Excellent short trail! Went with our agile dog (Aussie) and 2 kids 7&9 yo. It’s a bit of a scramble near the top and definitely had to rig a pseudo-harness when we descended, for extra safety. Beautiful views.

Overall great trail. Definitely diffcult. Hardest trail I’ve done up to this point, but in terms of views there are only a few and none at the actual peak. Most of the views are blocked by trees even though you can tell there is something beautiful behind it. So be prepared to be happy with just beautiful forest views and general nature with 2 or 3 real viewpoints over the entire loop. Its very tiring especially with a backpack so pack as light as you can and there aren’t any really hard scrambles, just some really steep hills. Lastly, if you plan on getting water from rivers and such around the trail, the ONLY part of thisbloop with a river following it is the Mau Har portion of it. So if you go counterclockwise, do not expect a water source until around 7-8 miles in. I hope this helps knowing all this when you go in as it is everything I wish I knew. Hope you have a good trip!!

Great backpacking trail great views and plenty of campsites. Not too much water besides the shelters.

great hike shelter is a really nice one, the spring just below was a but dried up. great scenery the whole way

Hiked it counter clockwise. The AT sections were in great condition and despite it being cool and perfect conditions in August, I saw a total of 5 other hikers. The suspension bridge alone is worth the trip. So cool! The descent down Mau Har was a disappoint for me. Maybe its dry summer, but didn't see a waterfall, just a low stream with a trail that kinda petered out a bit here and there and some scrambling through sections of biting flies or stinging nettles or maybe both. Plus my trail shoes kept wiping out on the hard packed downhill sloping trail. The final climb back up for the 3rd peak will test your mettle for sure! 6:30 round trip. 3 liters of water

This was my first ever backpacking trip, back in 2009. At the time, we weren't really sure whether it was that we were woefully under-prepared physically, or if this was really just that difficult! We STRUGGLED. 10 years later and I'm now a moderately accomplished backpacker. I now know it's both! We didn't quite understand just how difficult backpacking is yet, and we were definitely carrying too much stuff; but I also now know that this trail IS tough. Don't underestimate it, but it's also worth the long climbs! Beautiful views and beautiful waterfall. Enjoy!

Fun trail. Mostly woods, not very scenic but still nice.

The trail is definitely difficult. It starts off seeming like no big deal, but the elevation gains start to take a toll. It’s 1.7 miles of significant elevation gain to get to the start of the loop; from there, it’s about 8 miles to the mid point shelter (if you take the Appalachian trail). Those roughly ten miles took us about eight hours (it was myself a nine year old and two fourteen year old girls.). The mau-har portion was a steep descent and about a mile of elevation gain, but it was only about four miles. We completed everything in 14 hours of trail time (not counting the sleeping time at maupin). Anyone can do this hike as long as you take your time and don’t give up!

We Had a beautiful day hiking out in back. The trail is in great shape. We met a bunch of through hikers hiking north towards Harpers Ferry.

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

This hike was pretty secluded and has beautiful views. Very lightly travelled today. Having two summits was pretty cool too. Be ready to scramble at the top!

Reviews are spot on: Great hike and pay off views. Quiet trials and steep at the end. Longer than mileage indicates; 9 hikers head to Big Schloss for every1 heading to the Knob from Wolf Gap. Excellent WV views West and North. Large Timber Rattler at Summit point #2.

This was a nice, short hike with a challenge in the half mile before the peak. The last stint is steep and rocky, requiring a bit of scrambling. Overall, a lot of fun and I’d definitely do it again.

Incredibly dog friendly and a challenging yet rewarding hike. Lots of inclines but the shelter at midpoint is two thumbs up!!! Met lots of AT THRU hikers and was cool to connect with them and hear about their experiences!!

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