Mount Rogers Loop Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Mount Rogers Loop Trail is a 19 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Creek, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from October until October.

DISTANCE
19.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3346 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

views

rocky

North from Grayson Highlands State Park Overnight Backpacker Parking to AT SOBO. Camped near Thomas Knob shelter first night. Continued SOBO on AT and turned right on Mount Rogers Trail. Turner on Lewis Fork Trail to Cliffside Trail nack to Lewis FOrk Trail to Old Orchard. Got back on AT SOBO through Scales and camped near Wise shelter night 2. Easy 2.6 mile climb out on day 3 back to Massy Gap parking

backpacking
5 days ago

Enter through Grayson Highlands (Wilburn Ridge), first day of hike. No signs posted, but passed a few campers Approx 1 mile before first shelter. Strongly recommending camping in Wilburn ridge, if willing to add the extra mile to day 2 (shelter doesn’t have 360 views/giant rock outcroppings). Day 2 Took AT SOBO around Mt Rogers. At head of Lewis Fork Trail, took an immediate right onto Crest & started off of All Trails map supplied, cutting off a substantial distance to make up for lost time. ~1600ft elevation gain in ~1/1.5 miles. Highly recommend for those not afraid of taking on an incredibly hard section with dense/lush mossy rainforest. At end & interection with Pine Mt trail, came into a giant blueberry grove, run in with a bear as a bonus. Jumped back on AT. Camped night 2 just before Wise shelter, mid-night bobcat screams to wake up everyone in camp were an additional thrill. Day 3 was incredibly quick (mostly downhill, only hiked about 2 hrs). Would recommend spending more time hiking/camping in the first half of the hike (best views, explorative possibilities, and ponies!), and powering through the last portion in a day.

backpacking
5 months ago

Hiked this with my sister who doesn’t have much experience. Very easy hiking, well marked campsites and trails. Great view of the Blue Mountains and lots of ponies. Highly recommend for people who don’t hike a lot but want to get there feet dirty.

backpacking
8 months ago

Great 19 mile loop through Grayson Highlands (lots of ponies) up Mount Rogers on the AT past Thomas Knob. Turned right on Mount Rogers trail to Lewis Fork Trail to Cliffside Trail back onto Lewis Fork Trail into Old Orchard shelter area. Got back on the AT SOBO there through Scales and Wise on my way back to Grayson Highlands.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago