Austin, Furnace and Trayfoot Mountain Loop

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Austin, Furnace and Trayfoot Mountain Loop is a 20.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Crozet, Virginia that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 20.4 miles Elevation Gain: 4,940 feet Route Type: Loop

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2 months ago

All of the trails here are in great shape and are rarely super steep for very long despite going pretty high. Did several loops over couple days which encompassed this loop and glad to find the trails were very similar in condition as several others had done around VA/Shenandoah. The highlight of this particular loop would probably be Black Rock overlook since it provides a lot of area to view out from multiple sides (and scrambling, but don't need to scramble to get the views). There is a decent view at rock outcrop at the southern tip of Trayfoot mt, but of course even more along AT part of Skyline Drive. If prefer to end the loop with descent, could instead park at one of the small areas at Browns Gap Rd or Horsehead Rd, but would need to get there real early for a spot (Horehead Rd is really just a dead end so only space for couple cars).

3 months ago

Did this loop from November 2-4, 2019 with a buddy of mine. We camped two nights so kept the mileage low. The trail is challenging, with some steep ascents and rocky conditions. Views along the trail are great and the trail conditions were good. There were only two other camping pairs that I noticed along the trail so it is relatively secluded. When the trail is near Skyline Drive there are Day hikers. All in all this is a fun loop and I would do it again.

10 months ago

Sun Apr 03 2016