Strickler Knob Trail

HARD 8 reviews

Strickler Knob Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Luray, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1141 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

16 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike. AllTrails thinks you've arrived at the Trailhead to this hike about a half mile too early, so keep driving and you'll come to the Trailhead on your right. There's room for maybe 4 cars to park here, but this hike doesn't strike me as one that is ever crowded. The first mile is steady and steep uphill, while the next mile is pretty flat and rocky, including a grassy meadow. Someone mentioned the burnt section of forest, which you encounter on the initial uphill; it really was a unique portion of the trail, at least for us. For the last roughly 2/3 to 3/4 of a mile, you will take the purple blazed trail (the orange blazed trail continues to your left, you will go right onto the purple blazed trail). This section of trail is very very rocky and requires some minor rock scrambling at the end when you're closing in on what I assume to be Strickler Knob itself. The views at the top are great, 360 degree views. The flies were pretty bad at the top, however, and there was no breeze to speak of. I imagine in cooler months, that the bugs would be minimal/non-existent, and you won't be swatting at them constantly like we were. All in all, this was a great hike, and one we would like to do again come fall time.

5 months ago

definitely a uphill all the way to the top nice little pond right before the intersection then the rocks scrambles to the end...differently suggest leave the dogs home (loved th view)......

8 months ago

Probably one of my favorite day-hiking trails. It has a good length and there is a lot of rock scrambles and climbing which makes it even more fun. It is somewhat challenging but at the end of the Trail, there is a gorgeous view of the Page Valley.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a fun hike with varied terrain. The area that had been cleared by a forest fire was interesting to see. There's a highland meadow you walk through, as well as more forested areas, and a lot of rock hopping. In general, it's a very rocky trail, so wear solid footwear with good ankle support; it would be very easy to twist an ankle on this terrain.

There is what I would classify as a very minor "rock scramble," and some very interesting rock formations. There are also some really nice surprise pullouts on the trail, including some excellent camp sites with great views of the Valley. Ultimately, once you climb to the top of the rocks at the end of the trail, you get excellent 360 degree views.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Nice hike. Gnats & ticks are pretty bad. Large sections of the trail were muddy, probably from the high water table from all the rain over the last month. However, most appear to be spring fed and may be wet year round.

Follow pink blazes to Strickler Knob and white blazes to Duncan Knob. Both locations are awesome with great rock scrambles and views. The trails are very dog friendly but definitely not the knobs. I had to tie my dog to a tree while we did the scrambles at the knobs.