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rocky
5 days ago

Decent hike with nice views and the swimming hole is worth your time. It’s clean, beautiful, and great on a hot day like today. Very rocky, as others have mentioned. I tried to run/jog portions of the trail and had to be very careful because the rocks are like running on spikes in some areas. If you make a right to enter the trail, you see everything cool at the beginning, so the second half of the trail is pretty boring (imo). Definitely bring a snack and a good amount of water. There were lots of bees, wasps, flies, gnats, and lots of other buzzing creatures out today (normal for summer). Also take note- bears are very active in the summer months....They have signs posted for what to do if you encounter one, just FYI.

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rocky
9 days ago

Parked near SNP boundary off of a fire road in Crimora. Lots of no trespassing signs but seemed legit? If you go this way, just be cautious of lots of potholes. Hiked from the park boundary to the swimming hole. About 1.5 miles to that spot. We loved it! Easy hike, and a little rocky, but still great. Hiked with my 8 month old on my back.

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rocky
11 days ago

I REALLY loved this trail! It was probably one of my favorites at the park. The trail conditions are pretty rocky, so make sure you have good shoes. The trail is always pretty consistently going up or down, other than around the river... so be prepared for a workout. It was SUPER hot the day we did it, so we all enjoyed a dip in the cool swimming hole (dogs included). Make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks. We didn’t bring snacks and all of us were feeling pretty hungry around mile 7. Also, the trail maps all said 9.8 but my gps watch logged us in at about 10.4, and I even started it a little late. So be aware of that. The trail maps from the park said 8 1/2 hours to complete and we finished in about 5 hours and we really took our time exploring, swimming, and taking in views. Definitely recommend this one, it’s a beaut!

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rocky
12 days ago

This trail could have earned 5 stars if it weren't an absolute ankle-breaker; it is very rocky. A decent workout to be sure, and a great place for camping. Beware the black bears in the mid-summer; I saw 3 of them - 2 cubs and a mother. It is modest eye-candy, not particularly resplendent; as beautiful as any other part of Shenandoah

hiking
15 days ago

This trail was phenomenal, challenging and worth every moment. When you get to the bottom there is a beautiful River you can go explore and relax on. Will definitely be doing it again. Make sure you bring a lot of water!

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rocky
19 days ago

Our favorite place for backcountry camping. Down in the valley, right along the stream.

hiking
1 month ago

We went there in a Saturday evening and the weather was perfect. There are some areas close to the stream for backcountry camping. So we camped overnight and went back to parking in the morning and left our backpacks at the parking lot. In the morning we started the hike and it is a very special hike. A lot of greenery and some really good views. Passing the water stream was also really fun. There was a swimming hole as well which was refreshing. Definitely, recommend this to enthusiastic

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rocky
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Awesome trail! I love running loops, so this was perfect! I took my dog, Echo, with me. We went right at the start and followed the loop around. The trail is very well marked, however, I wasn't paying great attention and went off down the wrong path twice which made it 11.5 miles (after retracing my steps to the correct turns). That being said, it was an awesome route for a 2 hour run! If you start off by going right, you come to a stone sign in about .5 miles and that's where you turn left (instead of continuing on the AT). Within a just a few miles you come on to some amazing outlooks with beautiful views. Eventually you'll come along the creek where there are some small waterfalls and a nice big swimming hole. The last 3/4 of the trail doesn't have any big views (at least not in the summer with all the plant growth) but it's still a beautiful trail. At mile 4 is another stone post, and here you'll turn left to continue on the loop. It's uphill for quite a while after that, and then when you get to the next stone post, you'll turn left again and this section will take you back to the start.

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rocky
2 months ago

Solid hike. Rocky and the wildcat and AT are long constant hill for the last 1/2 of the trail. 5 stream crossings but even after several days of rain were easy. Chimney Rock and the forrest as you descend along the stream are beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

Best hike I’ve been on in a while! As easy or as challenging as you make it. Pup friendly! Will definitely be doing it again.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike! My girlfriend and I did the Rip Rap/Wildcat loop as a two day backcountry camping trip and had an excellent time. The NPS Guide recommends camping somewhere just after you turn onto the Wildcat Ridge trail off of the Rip Rap trail but we opted to get in another mile and half or so to shorten our hike the next morning. We hiked about 6 miles the first day and the remaining 3.5 the following morning. We managed to find a nice little spot to set up camp after about 6 miles, and realized hiking out the next day that we found one of the only decent spots to camp in that mileage range. You'd either need to hike almost clear to end of the loop or camp back at the trail merge otherwise. The first six miles had a few great views from the ridge line and then some cool stream crossings, small waterfalls, and a deep swimming hole as you hiked through the valley before heading back uphill again. I highly recommend bringing a change of socks as some of the stream crossings can be sketchy and there's a chance you're going to put a foot in the water... All in all, great hike, great way to see the leaves change.

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9 months ago

Only managed to do part of the trail due to time restrictions, but decent hike. We went counter clockwise so had a decent amount of elevation change. Hope to return to finish the rest of the trail.

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9 months ago

Definitely recommend going counterclockwise on the loop! We went clockwise and skipped right past all of the scenic parts. We had a great time but got really frustrated having to cross the river three times and the water was up to our knees. Bring water shoes!

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9 months ago

Tough due to all the rocks but a good hike. Not many view opportunities but a great day in nature.

9 months ago

Was boring at times with only a couple great views. The watering hole was a lot of fun though.

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10 months ago

Great views loved the swimming pond

10 months ago

Great trail, nothing too technical, elevation changes and length make the challenge. Just take your time, enjoy the views, rest occasionally, and you’ll have a great time.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun hike with at least one cool swimming hole. Just make sure you know the route if you are doing the full loop or you may end up outside of the park.

I agree with the moderate designation. There were a good amount of inclines towards the end which could be challenging for those not physically fit. There were some beautiful views, a lot of it was wooded, and a few streams. We never came across the wading pool that’s mentioned in some of the other reviews. I don’t know if it was due to low water levels or if it just doesn’t exist. All in all a great hike. Would recommend.

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11 months ago

Well maintained trail. Swimming hole is pretty. But otherwise it's a pretty uneventful hike.

Monday, July 16, 2018

I loved this hike! The southern portion of this trail is probably the most taxing- I had the most water breaks here as the grade gets a little steep. Overall there were some amazing views and a great swimming hole I want to enjoy when I’m better prepared next time! Didn’t see any bears but there were some fresh Poo-berries all up and down the trail, so I know they are around!

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Monday, July 09, 2018

Lovely hike with lots of variety. Deep, dark, and cool forest glenns with magnificent ferns. Hillsides full of native rhododendron, azaleas, and mountain laurel (I’d love to take this walk in June). Hot, sunny passages through sandy terrain where blueberries were ripening along the path. Stands of pine trees with needle-covered paths (so comfortable for walking). Stream crossings, a swimming hole, and several spectacular views. It wasn’t terribly busy on a beautiful July day. There were some strenuous sections—we took the Wildcat Ridge trail uphill at the end to our car, which we parked in the lot at mile marker 92, and I was pretty tired. There’s also a fair amount of uneven, rocky trail that requires careful attention.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Started at Riprap trailhead and went clockwise because I like hitting all the good spots near the end of the hike. It was good to get the AT section out of the way first. Riprap completely lived up to my expectations. Absolutely loved this hike, and I’m already thinking about when to go again. Perfect distance, hearty elevation change that isn’t draining, refreshing water (bring a bathing suit!!), and gorgeous views. I can’t recommend this trail enough!

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Very boring not much too see.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Riprap loop, with a bit of it done twice thanks to a brief thunderstorm that had me retreating from the ridge line to backtrack and start again going clockwise. Great hike, and requires far less time than stated here (and certainly less than the 8.25hrs the Park Service clocks it at). If it hadn’t been for the extra three miles, I could’ve come in right around the 3hr mark.

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