DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,155 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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1 month ago

I'm a little dubious on the 9.8 mile estimate, as I clocked in 13.1 on my trip through. I recommend going "backwards" and approaching Moore's Knob first. It's a great early win before you head back into the woods for your next summit. The hike is long, and strenuous at times, but doable for anyone with modest hiking experience. Bear in mind that regardless of what time of day you go, things will be most crowded at the summit of the Hanging Rock trail (especially in fall, and especially on weekends). I suggest at least mid-level hiking boots, as I had two close calls nearly rolling an ankle on one of the more lightly trafficked stretches of trail. As a heads up (and you can see this on the map), one part of the loop is an out-and-back spur to the (if I recall correctly) Magnolia Springs Trail. The top of that feels almost otherworldly. The wild grass and sparse trees up there are downright magical.