St. Mary's Wilderness Loop Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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St. Mary's Wilderness Loop Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Montebello, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1748 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

backpacking
1 month ago

my wife and I did this trail for the first time during the end of NOV, we mad it a 2 day/1night trip. the trail has the potential to be a good trail but with some little changes. first the trail is about 12.5 miles loop.

2.5 on one trail.
4 on the jeep trail
4 on st Mary's trail
and 2 on the last trail

on the whole loop their are only about 3 blazers which makes it really hard to navigate and some points. Their are very minimal signs that are helpful. and the other growth was outrageous. some parts of the trail are relatively flat, but the other parts are either steep incline for miles. or steep decline. plan to spend at least 30 min trying to find the correct trail because their are alot of self made trails.

pros. Their are alot of self made camp sites along the way. one that even over looks the the valley( but there is no water at this site) another real good one is half way thru st Mary's trail, right next to the creek. there are also alot of places to get water.

overall I will probably not do this trail again do to the lack of information and trail blazers.

8 months ago

Went during the spring this year, trail was overgrown, ended up finding ticks on my gear and my partner. Trail doesn't actually come upon the St. Mary river waterfall. Despite this, it was still a beautiful hike and had quite a few spots to camp at. Once you reach the Bald Mountain jeep trail, it widens up and allows you to walk without worry of ticks.

backpacking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

My 15 year old son and I did this as a 2 day/1 night trip in November. It is a good trip. Good variety of terrain from walking ridgelines, walking the St Mary's river valley, and some just walking in the woods. You may find descriptions that list the blaze colors for these trails. That is a joke. We saw 6 blazes on the whole loop and 2 were more misleading than helpful. So plan some extra time for finding the trail in tricky spots, especially near the campsites. We probably spent 30 minutes total searching for the trail in 3 separate spots. The camp sites near Green Pond and Bear Branch are awesome. Worth a trip, just know that these trails aren't as well marked as most.

hiking
Monday, January 18, 2016

We tried this hike for the first time, going backwards from the typical route. We made this a 3 day/2-night trip, which spanned a weekend with evening thunderstorms and then snow on day 3. There are a few spots with large campsites, and ample creek crossings. My least favorite part was walking the fire roads, as it is not very exciting, but otherwise a great hike. Just to add, for those that like off-roaring or mtn biking, there are nice views and camp sites along the fire road. We opted to bypass the trip to the falls, but will definitely go back sometime.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015