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Great rigorous hike, took some effort but nothing too bad. The trail offered some very beautiful vistas. The trail is very up, up, up then down, fortunately 95% of the trail is soft. Did the hike today in mid August and there was an insane amount of poison ivy along the entire trail...wear pants. we completed the hike in just under 3.5 hours with two quick snack breaks.

Great trail. Rigorous. Similar in many ways to the Henry Lanham loop, which isn't far away. Rocks alone are worth the trip. A couple of spots rival Chimney Rocks on 3 Ridges for beauty.

This was a fairly challenging trail. It's basically up, up, up, and then down, down, down.

There were no stretches of flat, except for about a 1/8 mile saddle between the 2 northern most peaks.

I would recommend the counterclockwise route, as the east side of the loop is a steep slope that I would rather ascend than descend. The loop took me 3.75 hours with a couple of snack stops.

The trail is mostly soft with a few rocky stretches. The views are good. I would NOT do the little spur to the cell towers, It's a 3 minute detour that kind of ruins the "out in nature" experience, 2 giant cell towers with a gravel road, and the view isn't worth it. There is a great view to the south just to the west of the northern most point of the trail. Good lunch spot with open rocks facing south.

Went on a chilly Sunday morning (37 degrees) and did not see another person on the entire trail. I would do it again.

very doable for many fitness levels. great views in any season. full tree canopy cover in the heat of summer..

Lower loop. Nice hike. Completed in two hours at moderate pace. Went counter clockwise. First half was moderate to hard due to steep incline. Second half was easy to moderate. Not much to see, but a nice hike in the woods. Maybe more to see on upper loop.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Great hike on a beautiful day! Enjoyed the counter clockwise route of the yellow trail. Watch out for those yellow jackets about 1mi in on the upper side of trail. Must visit Mountain Cove Winery after your hike; nice people, cool place.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Map My ride measured the Yellow loop we did at 5.82 miles with 1572' elevation gain. We did the spur to the overlook, but it's not that far. Hiked the loop counter clockwise and there is absolutely no streams or access to water until about the last mile, when you cross 2 creeks close to the bottom. The creeks were very low flow this time of year, but in a pinch you could get some water from them. Took us about 4 hours 15 minutes to hike this yellow loop and stopped at least 15 minutes for lunch. Hikers we passed doing the trail clockwise we met back in the parking area and they had been out over 6 hours. No water or toilet facilities at the trail head. Beautiful trail and views. There was a lot of under growth along the ridge facing east with plenty of poison ivy. Would do it again. Only saw 6 other hikers on a beautiful Saturday in September.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Extremely challenging hike for me, but a beautiful September breeze made the effort worth it!

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Friday, September 01, 2017

Well marked, some views, pretty hike, and only passed a few other people on late summer Saturday afternoon. However, I was stung by hornets, which was really unfortunate- seems like trails not as maintained as they could be.

Great trail, although my GPS measured the White Trail at 5.2 miles.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

great, hard hike. trail is well-marked, and mostly well-maintained.

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Hike was a great workout, but other than that there really wasn't that much going for it. We did the 5.1 Yellow Trail and there are a few decent views as you go through the quick elevation gains but the summit was a huge disappointment - a couple cell towers - unless we missed some hidden path at the top for the real view; but it left us pretty deflated on the steep walk down. We had checked off the boxes for the majority of hikes in Shenandoah that weren't too far a drive from Richmond, so we decided to look south of 64 again and found this one - wouldn't go back.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Started the trail with a rather steep hill for about 3/4 of a mile..then ran into a few switch backs. Chose to go with the lower loop. It was beautiful and relatively easy (which was perfect given my timeframe this afternoon). I would love to go back in the spring and do the upper loop. It'd also be cool to check out the winery next to the trailhead:) I absolutely recommend this hike.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Loved this hike! We hiked the white trail which is the shorter one. One great view overlook,but with it being February we were able to see through the trees the whole time. I carried my 10 month old on my back with little trouble. First section was very steep, but even with the snow on the ground we were able to make it without much trouble. The hike was gorgeous! I can't wait to try the longer trail!

Just an update, today we hiked the yellow trail which is 5.1 miles. Much harder than the White trail, but a really great hike. It's winter, so we were able to see views most of the time. At the top of the yellow trail you are on the ridge and able to see views from both sides. Definitely a lot of up hill, but plenty of portions of the trail that are easy to give a hiker a break.

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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Pretty much all uphill. Very beautiful of mountains at the top of the ridge. I will definitely revisit this trail in the future

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