Appalachian Trail: Sloan Creek to Jenkins Gap

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Appalachian Trail: Sloan Creek to Jenkins Gap is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Front Royal, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3,454 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running

bird watching



wild flowers


6 months ago

Just a great hike for those of us who like some switchbacks. 2000 ft elevation change in 2.75 miles to the shelter if you’re into numbers. Make sure to stop at the Apple Pie House on the way home for some wonderful cider donuts!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I did out and back from 522 to comptons gap , aside from the cold there is a whole lot of elevation including lots of switch backs . Not sure who called this trail easy but I would rank it more on the moderate side and if you do out and back the last ascent is pretty brutal . Once you get to the fire road in the park I would say that is easy and not steep . The rocks at the top before you get into the park is pretty awesome ! Pretty bad ass section of the AT and I would recommend it if you like the elevation .

Monday, June 09, 2014

Did Ashby Gap to Sam Moores Shelter. The "Roller Coaster". Did both to & fro. 20 mi 6 hrs.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hiked from Chester Gap to Manassas Gap. 8.2 mi one way. 16.4mi return trip. Park at the 522 lot, cross the road to get on to the AT. The trail follows the zoo conservancy fence for about a mile or two. It's a moderate and steady incline. Around 3.6 mi the trail forks. Right to Mosby Camp, left the AT. A bit after the fork on the AT you'll get to the spring and shelter. This section is pretty flat. Trail continues north. After a bit you'll pass power lines. A half mile or so the trail crosses a road and continues up hill for a while. Once at the top the trail levels off. There's a bench to rest here in a clearing. After the clearing it's a moderate decline until you reach the train tracks and not far from there 66 and the Manassas Gap parking lot.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Did this from 522 to Compton Peak. Took about4.5-5 hours. There are a couple of small creek crossings. The trail is a moderate incline for the most part. Nothing too strenuous.

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