Fortune's Cove Via Yellow Trail

HARD 15 reviews

Fortune's Cove Via Yellow Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lovingston, Virginia. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

trail running

no dogs

Yellow Trail

hiking
27 days ago

Great trail. Rigorous. Similar in many ways to the Henry Lanham loop, which isn't far away. Rocks alone are worth the trip. A couple of spots rival Chimney Rocks on 3 Ridges for beauty.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a fairly challenging trail. It's basically up, up, up, and then down, down, down.

There were no stretches of flat, except for about a 1/8 mile saddle between the 2 northern most peaks.

I would recommend the counterclockwise route, as the east side of the loop is a steep slope that I would rather ascend than descend. The loop took me 3.75 hours with a couple of snack stops.

The trail is mostly soft with a few rocky stretches. The views are good. I would NOT do the little spur to the cell towers, It's a 3 minute detour that kind of ruins the "out in nature" experience, 2 giant cell towers with a gravel road, and the view isn't worth it. There is a great view to the south just to the west of the northern most point of the trail. Good lunch spot with open rocks facing south.

Went on a chilly Sunday morning (37 degrees) and did not see another person on the entire trail. I would do it again.

10 months ago

Great hike on a beautiful day! Enjoyed the counter clockwise route of the yellow trail. Watch out for those yellow jackets about 1mi in on the upper side of trail. Must visit Mountain Cove Winery after your hike; nice people, cool place.

hiking
11 months ago

Map My ride measured the Yellow loop we did at 5.82 miles with 1572' elevation gain. We did the spur to the overlook, but it's not that far. Hiked the loop counter clockwise and there is absolutely no streams or access to water until about the last mile, when you cross 2 creeks close to the bottom. The creeks were very low flow this time of year, but in a pinch you could get some water from them. Took us about 4 hours 15 minutes to hike this yellow loop and stopped at least 15 minutes for lunch. Hikers we passed doing the trail clockwise we met back in the parking area and they had been out over 6 hours. No water or toilet facilities at the trail head. Beautiful trail and views. There was a lot of under growth along the ridge facing east with plenty of poison ivy. Would do it again. Only saw 6 other hikers on a beautiful Saturday in September.

hiking
11 months ago

Well marked, some views, pretty hike, and only passed a few other people on late summer Saturday afternoon. However, I was stung by hornets, which was really unfortunate- seems like trails not as maintained as they could be.

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

great, hard hike. trail is well-marked, and mostly well-maintained.

3 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016