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Appalachian Trail: Hogback Overlook to Jenkins Gap

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Shenandoah National Park

Appalachian Trail: Hogback Overlook to Jenkins Gap is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sperryville, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.2 mi Elevation gain 1,279 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

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Tere Aponte
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did the trail clockwise, which probably ended up being the easier direction. minimal climbing but a good overall hike. it took us just under 3 hours, with stops at several lookouts.

Sandra McAuliffe
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Hiking

Fun trail! Not very challenging. Elevation changes are pretty gradual.

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Chris Jumalon
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This was a nice moderate hike. The review from Matthew below is spot on. After the overlook, not much is happening. The few creeks/streams were low or none existent. It's a beautiful walk to get back to the parking area with plenty of bear scat. You will come to a spot where the Piney Bridge Trail splits off into two. You want to stay straight/slightly to the right. You will experience a moderate incline in the final section, which is a nice way to finish off the hike. I would rate this a 4 star, but I got to see two black bears along the way!

Justin Q
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The AT is overgrown in some parts, very easy inclines with the exception of the switchbacks on the AT over great hike, 3 overlooks

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Matthew Blystone
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If you want a good starting point that won't be crowded, start at the Piney Ridge Parking area near Rattlesnake point. When you enter the parking area you will see a Trail Bulliten Board on the left. Park and walk back up to it to start the loop. I recommend printing or getting a screenshot of the directions for this trail off of HikingUpwards.com The directions are clear and easy to use. Just search for Piney Ridge Trail to Hogback Mountain, or something along those lines. The first 4 miles is easy peasy. Some decent views. A nice stream crossing. A few camping areas. There are tons of side trails and alternate routes which is why it's good to have a topo and directions. Just after 4 miles and some wicked orienteering, you should reach Little Hogback Mountain overlook. It's a small area that could be easily missed. It will be on the right side of the trail. Theres some boulders to stand on to get a good shot of what's to come. Big Hogback Mountain. The next mile and a half is the hardest part of the trail. Fairly steep uphill grade eventually turns into even steeper switch backs. But it gets you to the top of Hogback quickly. Great work out for sure. Once you get to the point where you cross the Skyline drive, don't walk up to the overlook where cars can pull off, instead cross the road and continue on the trail. Shortly after crossing you will go even higher up. There are a few clearings to the right with some more boulders you can climb on to get an awesome shot without the road in the pic. Probably 270 degrees or so. From here the rest of the trail is mostly downhill with some more side trails to explore. I'm assuming the Falls trails after the big parking lot is probably going to be the most crowded side trail, since it's only a 6 mile out and back. Past the parking lot you will continue down the AT until you reach that 4 way I mentioned earlier. This time you simply take a right and you end up back at the bulliten board where we started. Enjoy!

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Mark Mastrangelo
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Not a bad hike. Added trace loop to put a few more miles in. Not too many people out this weekend. A few decent views. Was looking for something less traveled than Old Rag. This fit the bill. The road on the map listed as Jinny is really Keyser. GPS signal was decent. I would consider doing it again maybe add a few other side trails.

Russell Zung
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Overall, we thought this was ok and frankly wonder how it’s been rated so high. Not one we’d set out to do again by any stretch of the imagination. We found this trail to be decently maintained, though the grasses were starting to grow into the path and grab at your legs. It was relatively lightly travelled for a Memorial Day weekend, but the constant traffic noise from Skyline Drive served as a constant reminder that a lot more people were not far away. The terrain was manageable with a decent amount of climb and aside from a small creek crossing there were not any obstacles. Generally a decent walk in the woods, but nothing memorable.

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Sarah Bergmann
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Hiking

This is a good trail. It's easy to begin with but has some good steep parts and hills after halfway thru. I'm curious to see how it looks in the summer as there were a lot of dead and felled trees on the route. Nonetheless, it was a pretty trail and I would do it again. We started around 0730 and didn't see anyone on the trail until the end, it took us 3hrs 15min. There are some good areas to stop and take in the views of the valley and mountains. Worth checking out for a moderate hike.

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Kristin Bowers
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Lovely hike with not too much foot traffic. The AT portion is really beautiful.

Brandy Kozloski
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did prt of this much fog but goood work out!

Edna Hutcherson
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its good

I.m. P.
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Did part of this as part of the Keyser Fire Road - Little Devils Stairs - Piney Branch Trail - Sugar Loaf Trail - AT - Hogback loop. Started at the KFR lot, took LDS down, KFR to PBT then S:T to AT & Hogback to the lot. The hardest part [on the knees] was LDS. Otherwise was a pretty moderate but challenging hike. Was a pretty warm spring day...probably 70s and somewhat sunny. Passed several groups of hikers who were going up LDS and at one point on PBT one of those groups. There were a few on the Hogback trail but otherwise had the trails to myself.

Terry Jason C.
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Cesar Valencia
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Karen Trumbull
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Zahni Khin
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Keith Schofield
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Jacob Hall
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Nadia Baker
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Nick Steele
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Allegra A
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Elaine Piotti
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Racheal Ferguson
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Wesley deHart
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Peter Kovacs
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Anne Monique
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Amy T
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Stephen B.
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Dai T.
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