This is a very challenging, rocky and steep trail. The views at Strickler Knob are beautiful and rewarding, but unless you are seeking a major fitness experience (which is great!), there are other routes that yield the same payoff. We skipped the return trip all the way on Massanutten in favor of an extra two miles on Crisman Rd — not because of the workout but because we encountered not one, but two!, rattlesnakes on the way. Be very careful and stay alert! These snakes were large, loud and angry — and right on the trail.