Three Ridges Loop

HARD 21 reviews

Three Ridges Loop is a 13.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tyro, Virginia that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
13.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4576 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 day ago

wanted to see how fast I could finish the loop. Completed the whole loop in 6 hours and 30 minutes. I kept a consistent pace throughout only stopping for some brief scenic breaks which I also used as my snack/Water intake. Booked it down the mountain side, and took long strides coming back up Mau-Har.

For me liquid calories were essential to stay steady climbing back up Mau-Har. Over all ending at meadow mountain to wrap things up felt amazing and it was well worth the pace and effort. i plan on doing this loop again very soon.

7 days ago

really enjoyed the incline. great views.

backpacking
2 months ago

Very challenging but just as rewarding. We took the AT down to the bottom of Mau-Har then came the Mau-Har to link back up with the AT and head back to the cars. We split this up as an overnighter although, it could be done in a single day. That's, if you've got the legs for it. This hike should not be taken lightly. I wouldn't attempt the Mau-Har in the dark so, I'd say, make sure you have plenty of daylight if you want to hike the loop in a single day.

camping
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Difficult, some of the best views in the state, super pretty and refreshing streams to waterfalls to bathing pools.
I completed 13.6 miles via AT to Mau Haur to AT and returned to start point.
Time with lunch and three or four brief rests and fairly brisk moving we completed this in about 6.5hrs. I highly recommend taking more time to take in the sites, enjoy resting, digesting lunch, and enjoying it all as the elevation changes are difficult.
I consider the loop I did harder than the Priest, as it was quite longer and similar in terrain and ascending elevation change over distance
Difficult, beautiful, rewarding

Hard but only one view and water in one spot.

hiking
4 months ago

I didn't have time to do even half of this trail so will have to come back, but the part I did do was great.

From Rt. 56 to the Harper's Creek campground was not very hard. A gradual upward climb to a ridge, then down to the campground. The section after the campground was steeper and much rockier, but doable.

Once you reach the ridge that runs up to the summit there are endless views on both sides. This ridge has several knobs, with the last one covered in large boulders, and the steepest part I climbed.

Parking lot was not crowded, and I saw maybe 10 people at the campground, but nobody along the trail.

6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This trail was great! However, I found the trail to be very difficult, but that's because I'm overweight. There are several inclines that are steep and rocky but the view at the top is absolutely gorgeous. So glad I went!

9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

backpacking
Monday, June 20, 2016

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

YouTube edit I made of our overnight hike.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_sVdPNpwao

camping
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

5 of us hiked this over a weekend and it was great. The ridges offer incredible views. Would definitely go back. We camped about halfway at harpers creek shelter where there are fire pits and you can filter water from the creek. Some of the uphill climbs are pretty strenuous but well worth it.

hiking
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

hiking
Saturday, November 23, 2013

We hiked this on a foggy day and later in the day it was rainy. A long and hard hike. I'm sure had we had any views it would have been spectacular.

hiking
Monday, June 17, 2013

We did this trail in a day... Don't do it unless you wanna enjoy it. Almost stepped on a rattlesnake.

hiking
Friday, April 26, 2013