Scales to Wilburn Ridge Loop

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Scales to Wilburn Ridge Loop is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Troutdale, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, horses, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.5 miles
1,669 feet

dogs on leash





horseback riding


wild flowers




This trail offers a little bit of everything in Mount Rogers area. Open forest, mountain top balds, and ponies! Hike can be lengthened or shortened by taking different segments of trails. If you start at Scales, you'll need a 4WD to get there. You can start at Grayson Highlands, which will add about a mile.

2 months ago

Hands down, Mt Rodgers Area is the best hiking destination in the south east. From constant valley views, to curious wildlife, this Area has a trail for you!
We started at The Scales. Big open field, with Privy. Yes, you will need a high clearance vehicle to get here, and yes, it will take you about an hour to go 3.5 miles up the fire road to Scales due to the VERY ROCKY ROAD!
I highly recommend you do this loop counter clockwise if your are overnighting due to water sources being towards the last 1/3 of the hike.
Began our hike on Crest Trail, missed our turn off for Pine Mtn trail because it looked like it back tracked. (It doesn't. Take the Pine Mtn to avoid a steep climb) Connected with the AT, jumped over to Mt Rodgers to say we did, back tracked, and cont. on the AT northbound. Stayed overnight at the Wise shelter. (Has Privy and water source) The next morning we decided to shave off 2 miles and take the Scales trail straight UP back to The Scales. (We had a 7 hr road trip ahead)
Couldn't have asked for more.

2 months ago

This whole area is a gem, western views for us eastern folks. The AT thru here can be rocky so wear good boots. Decent water sources and plenty of great camp spots. Take side trips and explorer. This trail is only a good introduction. BTW it is Rhodo Gap not Rodie. Tons of Rhododendrons in the area.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Started from Grayson highlands, and went clockwise. Made for a fun weekend backpacking trip. We were surprised to find a large herd of long horn cattle on the northwest corner of the loop, where we camped the first night. Besides having to avoid cow patties, a great trip.

Sunday, September 24, 2017