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Hard not in any way Moderate. The sign says Moderate and once you enter the sign says extremely difficult! from the entrance to the Knob 1.81 miles. Do not continue. Turn around. You'll end up on the other side of the mountain! If you see the sign that says SPOT 3 you're at the knob.

too many people Vista not really good no water came in from keezletown Road up to the top got to see an old settlement that was cool still enjoyed it

This trail has amazing views and it is interesting walking along the ridge. This trail is very rocky and I would wear hiking boots or sneakers. This trail is very enjoyable but make sure you are capable of the hike. The views are beautiful and I would definitely go back.

We went First week of November so it was beautiful Fall foliage. We had great views, but there wasn’t many mile markers along the way. We only saw one .5 mile marker. We hiked for about 2 hours but never reached the top and if we did we didn’t know it was the top since it wasn’t clearly marked. It was still a fun moderate hike regardless

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7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike. There were quite a few rocks to trip you up. The knob is not marked. I went well past. There is another trail that connects to this one, about another quarter mile or so. Not sure of the name.
There are views but they are not great, blocked by trees.

very rocky, difficult after the first mile

hiking
8 months ago

lots of rocks on trail recommend hiking boots

hiking
8 months ago

Very rocky trail. I really wanted to like this one, but wasn't too impressed. View at the top was just OK. Great for a short hike though.

It's perfect for a workout, rocky trail with many ups and downs. Few nice views. Some clear areas available for camping. No water whatsoever so come prepared. Glad didn't drag the kids to this one because the sign is misleading, took a lot longer to complete than anticipated. You can trail with kids for a bit to get some nice views but it's okay turn after it stops being fun, there is nothing big deal to see at the end. ;)

The terrain for this trail was very manageable. Markings were frequent although the general maintenance with how clear the trails was a bit lacking.
Distance markers were not frequent.
Though an overall good trail with frequent scenic overlooks on both east and west side of the trail.
End of trail not clearly marked but once you hit a bunch of cell towers you've made it to the end.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Nice quick hike - FYI knob (peak) not marked

Friday, April 14, 2017

Nice hike within the resort. It wasn't spectacular though.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Views were not spectacular.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nice hike with pretty views both to the east and west along the way. I spent a couple of days at Massanutten in April and did both this and the Massanutten Ridge trail as sunrise hikes (both have the same starting point). You'll find that AllTrails rates them both as moderate, but I would rate this trail as moderate (maybe even leaning toward easy), while I'd say the Massanutten Ridge trail borders on difficult. This one is about a mile shorter than Massanutten Ridge trail, but this one also has less elevation gain/loss, and the elevation change this trail does have is along generally easy to travel paths (not as many rocks/roots reaching up to snag your feet), whereas you really have to watch your footing on the Massanutten Ridge trail.

For comparison, I spent about 2.5 hours doing the Massanutten Ridge trail, and felt like I really exerted myself. Two days later, I did the Kaylor's Knob trail in about 1.5 hours and rarely felt like I was exerting myself on the trail. I will say that the views on the MR trail are slightly more frequent and more impressive than those on the KK trail, but not significantly so.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nice hike with great views, both along the way, and then particularly so at the end. I spent a couple of days at Massanutten in April and did both this and Kaylor's Knob trail as sunrise hikes (both have the same starting point). You'll find that AllTrails rates them both as moderate, but I agree with some of the other reviewers here that this one really borders more on difficult, not due to the extra mile of distance as compared to Kaylor's Knob, but more so the frequent ups and downs over vertically-aligned ridge-line rock where you really have to pick your footing. I spent 2.5 hours on this trail, but felt like I was pushing it. I'd plan for more like 3 hours to give yourself a bit more time to enjoy the scenery and/or rest along the way.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Not moderate, difficult. Most people turned back well before the end/top. If you want to complete this hike plan for about 3hrs at least, take water, and get ready for tons of footwork over rocks. good luck!

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Great hike with view of the a ski slopes and the valley in the late winter early spring. Wear shoes that support the ankle, very rocky terrain for about half the hike.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It's a beautiful trail with amazing views the entire time, I think it's more than a decent outing but it is also much more than a "moderate" trail! It starts out very easy and gets progressively harder not only with the constant elevation climbs which don't give you much of a break and are a constant up and then down and back up and down as well as an increase in rocks to traverse with little or not trail to follow, in fact we lost the "blue" markers at some points. It's hard on the knees going up and you don't realize how much you climbed up until you turn around to go down and your hips take a beating with the climb down. We actually didn't get to the slope view, we were only .47 away per the map it was much farther than that and with the o crease in rock climbing and the 2.5 hours it took to get there already.... time and weather (and my body) knew there was still the entire way back still to go. We missed seeing the views but after that climb down and back we both knew there was way more than only half mile to the slope view and it was good we turned around. We enjoyed it but it was more than we were prepared for on this hiking day.

hiking
Friday, November 11, 2016

We actually hiked this twice. First time with 3 year old grandson, who walked about a mile of our 2 mile hike in and out. Second time, just 2 adults and baby in a carrier did nearly 3 miles. Went in about 1 1/2 mile, stopped at an outcrop to take pics and drink water. Got the pic, mommy with baby looked down and saw the head of a bear climbing up....needless to say we survived but we beat feet!

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nice walk. always looking down though. lol

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Easy at first, more challenging toward end.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Beautiful view!

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2016

This is a nice morning hike. At 1.4 miles in there is a large outcropping of rocks that make it very difficult to continue. This is a good stopping point for families and a great opportunity for pictures and panoramic views.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

The end of the trail was not clear as it kept going beyond the 1.8 miles marked. However, the trail was beautiful to hike up to a wonderful view. Once you reach the peak, do not keep going just go back down.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The trail has a lot of rocks where you will be climbing, vs. walking. The final views are spectacular behind the cell towers. Worth the hike, but a lot of rock scrambles.

skiing
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The skiing is okay... Every time I've been it has been icy but that is probably a coincidence. The climate of VA just isn't right for the sport.

skiing
Saturday, May 11, 2013

Our condo was great, but the skiing was not. This area does not have the ability to make a lot of snow.

hiking
Thursday, December 20, 2012

There are several activities at the Massanutten Four Seasons Resort. Golf, the water park, ice skating and skiing in winter.

The resort has a ridge trail for hiking, which provides periodic views of the Shenandoah Valley. On our last hike, I spent some time picking up after those who thought the trail was ideal for depositing their energy drink cans, bottles and food wrappers. Esthetics aside, I was concerned about the potential harm to wildlife, who may get hurt by metal cans, trying to access the sweet tasting beverage left-overs.

Like many trails, once you get a mile or so down the path, the crowds thin out, and the world is your own.

It's nice to have a trail like this, so close to the resort, with easy access via the ridge-top parking area.

For those with disabilities or those who prefer to bike, there is a jeep trail below and east of the north/south ridge trail, that runs pretty much parallel.

On the video link, you will need to cursor down to the second video, to see skiing at Massanutten. Others videos on that page are related to activities in the area and Shenandoah National Park.

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