Big Schloss Via Wolf Gap Trail

MODERATE 137 reviews

Big Schloss Via Wolf Gap Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wardensville, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,046 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

52 minutes ago

First part was rough but once you get to the ridge line it’s really easy and beautiful.

7 days ago

The first mile was brutal for an out of shape person like me but it smooths out if you push through. This was one of the most breathtaking hikes I’ve ever been on. Just beautiful. Once you get to the footbridge, you’re just about there. I’ll definitely be returning.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked this trail earlier in the spring. From the parking lot, starts up the road past some camping sites. Just look for the sign. 1st part is a steady uphill climb for about 1 mile then levels off. Nice foot bridge at the end just before the rock outcrop. A bit of scrambling on the rock outcrop. Terrific views at the top. I experienced some traffic on the trail and at the top. Due to the climb, I would hike on a cooler day. Definitely worth doing. Caution, this is an unprotected cliff top view. Hang on to your little hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The initial ascent was challenging, but after you reach the ridgeline it's smooth hiking. The camping availability at Wolf Gap was nice but filled up quickly. I ended up camping on the other side of the road. If you are interested in backpacking, there was plenty of spots to camp along the trail. I am looking forward to doing this one again.

hiking
2 months ago

My baby sis and I hiked this BEAUTIFUL trail today, May 12, 2018. The first mile was a bit torturous,

2 months ago

Great views at the top! Definitely recommend the hike.

2 months ago

Great hike with a gorgeous view!

hiking
2 months ago

The hike was a little challenging in the beginning and well worth it for the views at the top!

hiking
3 months ago

Five stars if you pair it with Tibbet Knob. You get about 8 miles and about 2000 total feet. The hike up Tibbet Knob is the more of a scramble but the views are less impressive. I recommend doing Big Schloss second for the bigger payoff. The best views are to the north and slightly west so in the fall photos remain good even into the afternoon.

hiking
3 months ago

paired this with tibbet knob.. totaled about 8 miles . went eith dog, he got a little scared after the bridge but had fun either way. great views all the way

3 months ago

Beautiful views. Great day hike! Just enough uphill to make it a little bit of a workout, but not bad. The rocks twist a little under the boots so have to watch your footing. It was a little of a busy trail...definitely not the busiest we have been on.

hiking
4 months ago

This was my first big hike. it's special to me because my family settled the areas on both sides of the mountain.. The Bowers family in VA and Heishman family in Trout Run.

So for me, the hike was worth the insane first mile uphill. Once it levels off, you get a bit of a break while you hike the top of the mountain. Lots of great places to stop along the way and see the valleys.

The bridge is really neat, and not something you see much of on trails. I really enjoyed just sitting alone at the summit, enjoying the breeze and taking pics. Believe it or not, you can get 4G up there!

I first went in April 2017. Then did Tibbett Knob later in the year with my daughters.

hiking
4 months ago

Be careful of the drive up. Lots of blind curves and a narrow road. People take the curves pretty quick and we had to pull onto the shoulder a couple of times to avoid getting smashed.

First mile is uphill with plenty of rocks. After that it is still rocky but levels off. Great views along the way. Definitely worth dealing with the ascent.

5 months ago

Amazing hike! Killer first mile uphill though

5 months ago

The first part is all uphill and is killer but it evens out about halfway up the trail. Views are amazing and worth it!!! So beautiful.

5 months ago

Rocky. Recommend good shoes. Excellent hike with beautiful views.

hiking
5 months ago

Combined Tibbet Knob Trail with Big Schloss Trail for a 7.5 mile hike with 2000 ft elev. gain. A good workout. Highly recommended.

6 months ago

great view from the bridge as well from the rocks at the very end. a great place to overlook 2 valleys!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Steep climb for about a mile, then levels off along the ridge. Beautiful views. Trail is pretty rocky - so would only recommend sturdy hiking boots. Looking forward to completing Tibbett Knob next.

8 months ago

excellent

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

It was a beautiful day to wake up at the gap and decide against doing an 18 miler and just do Big Schloss. I left around 8/9am and ran into a few people but it was generally empty. The trail got a bit more crowded as I returned but nothing out of hand. A beautiful hike for sure and a nice breeze when you get to the ridge.

hiking
9 months ago

It was a little over crowded and rocky but those views at the overlook make up for that!

9 months ago

One of the best hikes in the East !

hiking
10 months ago

A great moderate hike with amazing views at the top!

hiking
11 months ago

A fun day hike for sure with a good reward at the end with great views. We saw some rock climbers while hiking that looked like they were gonna stay the night on top. A nice hike for the region.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Have done this hike 3 times, and have never been disappointed. And while we've never had the trail to ourselves, I have never seen this hike crowded. On all three occasions, I can't recall there being more than a handful of people on the trial. The first mile up is a bear; quite steep and hard on the legs. But after that, it more or less levels out and you are treated to some ridge walking until you reach the rock outcrop of Big Schloss. Simply gorgeous, magnificent views.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

:)

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

The first part (..7 miles) is steep, and most of the trail is rocky. The views at the top, though, looking down into both WV and VA are about as great as they get.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Huge mountain peak & beautiful view! Can't wait to hike this mountain again!

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