Brumley Mountain Trail: Hayter's Gap to the Channels

MODERATE 59 reviews
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Brumley Mountain Trail: Hayter's Gap to the Channels is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Saltville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Approximately 6-mile roundtrip hike from VA-80 in Hayter's Gap to the Great Channels of Virginia on Middle Knob. Incredibly scenic hike along Clinch Mountain from Hayter's Gap to Middle Knob along the 14-mile Brumley Mountain Trail, one of the East's newest long (10 miles+) hiking trails. Although the Brumley Mountain Trail runs all the way from Hayter's Gap to Hidden Valley Lake off of US-19 in Moccasin Gap, this guide features the trail's most heavily used, easternmost 3 miles that travel to the Great Channels of Virginia. The Channels are a series of deep sandstone crevices worn into sandstone outcrops on the mountain's summit and form one of Virginia's most fascinating ecosystems. It is possible to easily walk within the maze-like channels, which harbor an almost cave-like microclimate and often hold snow cover long after temperatures have risen above freezing. Coupled with outstanding views from the top of these outcrops and a firetower on Middle Knob's summit, this hike forms one of southwest Virginia's most scenic and popular hiking destinations.

hiking
9 days ago

15 days ago

backpacking
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Nice hike and lot to see. Parking is somewhat limited at the trail-head. I would commend the person who made the trail description on this site. The best I have seen so far.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Absolutely wonderful trail. The path is wide and well kept. Small streams cross the trail throughout, good for dogs to stop for a drink. The view was great most of the way up, not covered by foliage in this early part of spring. The view at the top was stunning and the top of the channels were very interesting to look at. Down in the channels, there was a significant temperature drop, providing a nice reward for hikers on a warmer day.

1 month ago

Good trail, not to difficult. With amazing views.

1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views!!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike with a great bonus of the Channels and Hidden Valley Lake! Can get busy on beautiful days and the leaps across the top of the Channels are not for the faint of heart or physically challenged.

1 month ago

Worth the hike. Def easier on way out

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

The channels are definitely worth the hike! 180 view of all mountains. Beautiful sight.

2 months ago

Today was our second trip, first hike last year with our 5 year old we turned back after 2.5 miles because the daylight was fading. Today w/2 experienced hikers it took roughly 2 hours to reach the fire tower at a moderate pace. in fall/spring/winter there is quite a bit of sunlight reaching the trail, sunscreen is a good idea. It can be a bit congested at the summit. Be sure to veer off slightly to the left before the tower for the amazing views on top of the boulders. We encountered many families, some with small children and no visible packs or water, this is not a good idea! Come prepared with water and snacks and dress in layers. The trail is well maintained but has lots of loose rock and some mud...watch your step. All in all plan on spending 4.5 hours (allow 30-45 to explore at summit)...less if you're very fit, more if you're a beginner or are trekking with kids. if you start in the late afternoon (which many people seemed to be doing) your return trip will be a night hike :)

2 months ago

2 months ago

amazing views

2 months ago