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hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful trail through and through!!!!! I had an amazing morning, the scenery is insane and changes so much throughout, I completely recommend

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rocky
13 days ago

Lots of woods, not many overlooks. However, peaceful, lots of medium sized rocks under the trail that were hard to navigate under a heavy pile of leaves. Crossed the creek/river several times. Lots of rain = high water.

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rocky
19 days ago

Gorgeous trail in the fall as leaves are rainbows of colors. I agree that if you want to save the best for last (a gorgeous scenic view), travel clockwise. This trail isn't terribly challenging: the elevation gain is not overly abrupt, but is slow and steady throughout the trail (for the most part). The biggest challenge is that the trail is rocky, so take caution not to twist an ankle. Also, because the trail is long, it's best to wear hiking boots (trainers may be less comfortable for a 9+ mile hike). Took about 5 hours to go at a steady, though not overly quick pace. Bring water, bring snacks, and have fun!

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rocky
21 days ago

on Riprap Trail

hiking
27 days ago

Go clockwise to save the best for last, as you'll want to stop to enjoy spectacular views.

hiking
1 month ago

DO THIS LOOP BACKWARDS. This is a great hike, and it is best done backwards/clockwise as many people have said. You enjoy the first half along the AT then the uphill you get a water feature with three separate views for a payoff at the end. There is a small outcrop a quarter mile west of Chimney Rocks which has great northern views—stop there before the more famous Chimney Rocks for even better photos. Also, the views are mainly west and north so plan for the sun accordingly. The uphill is long but not too angled so not too strenuous. Really a 3 to 5 hour hike, not 8.5 like the sign says.

hiking
1 month ago

Good workout due to the elevation gain. All the running water at the bottom is nice. You have views in the first two miles and after that you submerged in the trees.

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rocky
1 month ago

Did this counterclockwise, would recommend doing this trail clockwise so you can see the good views at the end. Set aside several hours to do this hike. Swimmingholes and waterfalls were nice. Wear good footwear, this trail is made up almost entirely of loose ankle-breaking rocks.

on Riprap Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect day for this hike. Temp in the mid 70s F. Went clockwise saving magnificent views for the last part of the trip. Trail is 90% rocky, i.e. wear good hiking footwear. Not much in the way of wildlife but the stream and waterhole are soothing. The last mile of the hike was the toughest after nine miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely trail trail that gradually goes down on the way in and makes a good work out on the way back with steady incline. Do not expect vistas but expect beautiful nature and creek views and solitude. I started the hike on Sunday morning at 8am and only met 6 people. One person per mile ratio is perfect for my taste.

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Challenging from start to finish

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

swimming hole is awesome. the view at chimney rock was nice but wasps everywhere. overall the swimming hole is amazing, but this probably isn't worth 9.5 miles to get there

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bugs
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful hike! The views and swimming hole were stunning! Definitely hike clockwise like the others recommend.

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blowdown
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail and a good challenge. Went clockwise from Riprap parking down the AT, Wildcat, up Riprap. I recommend this. We clicked about 10.4 miles in just about 6hrs with lunch at the swimming hole and a quick dip. If you do it counter, not much to see that last 6 miles.

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

I’ve done over a dozen trails in Shenandoah and this is definitely in my top 3! I’m not sure why the trailhead marker says to expect 9 hours to complete... I average a little slower on this trail due to incline, but I still completed it in 3 hours and 40 mins. Bring a swimsuit if you want to swim! Water is nice and cold in the warm weather. I would also advise you to bring bug spray, unfortunately; it was very muggy today and they were out in force. Otherwise a nice trail with some great views. I would recommend starting left on the trail - there’s not much to look at if your headed North back up to the starting point which can be a little disheartening after you’ve just completed 7.5 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

A great day trail. Did it heading right. We finished in 3:56 with approx 20-30min in total breaks. 1st part is gradual and wooded. Saw a large owl on the left on the upper part. After putting in that time, rewards are rocky outcroppings overlooking beautiful valley and remote ridges. A long gradual descent and hike alongside a stream leads to the watering hole. Others had done the flat -.5 mi in from Crimora to get to it. Thereafter a steep and rocky climb up, shaded in August by foliage. Few switchbacks, mostly straight up, a solid workout much appreciated, save the sweat for the end of the day. Great training climb. I'd love to do it in Fall, with leaves coloring.

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rocky
3 months ago

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

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over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Hiked today, went on the LEFT on AT from parking RipRap trail head parking lot. Up until swimming hole was easy -peasy - all downhill. Some people strip to underwear and go to that hole - I wouldnt, water is too cold. After swimming hole it was a mile or so pleasant walk along the stream, and then... all uphill. Its really does not matter which way you go from the beginning - left or right... The trail is going kick your butt no matter what. It is not THAT difficult, just ass-looooong. We saw a bear hiding behind the bushes - very shy one, also saw copperhead snake crossing the trail

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

A lot of loose rocks - so a good pair of boots are key and watch your step. Lots of changes in elevation. Turned back before it met up with the Riprap Trail. Kicked my butt.

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