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Great hike! We went up the White Oak Canyon trail and took the horse trail across to Cedar Run trail. Saw some small wildlife: birds, squirrels, snakes, and a skink. We also got to see a small bear cub at the top by Skyline Drive. Coming down Cedar Run trail was a little difficult, the trail was washed out in places and terrain was rough near the rock slide into a water hole. Very refreshing to jump in the water and cool off!

i adore this hike! my favorite part is the rock scrambles at the top! definitely allow yourself some time to play when you get up there! beautiful all year round! (where shoes appropriate for steep hikes -ankle support- and good grips for the rock climbing, maybe gloves too if your hands are sensitive) *if you start the hike later in the day bring a flashlight just in case!*

backpacking
2 days ago

Decided to do a last minute backcountry camp by the falls. Enjoyed the hike down and up very much, little hard on the knees going down and gets you winded going up especially when you backpacking with an old alice pack with 40lbs of camp gear. Nonetheless it was a great time.

Loved this trail so much! Hiked from the skyline entrance down to the natural waterfall water slide and had lunch at a swimming hole along the way, will be back!!

This is a great difficult mountain to hike. There are a bunch of difficult spots that you have to climb up or squeeze through. Definitely need to be ready to pull yourself up some ledges and wedge yourself up some gaps.
I made a mistake and thought it would be a good idea to go backpack camping for this trip. I planned to check in at the parking and backcountry camp station on the East side and then camp at the junction on the west side. I didn’t understand that with at least a 40lb bag this gets difficult in a lot of ways. You need to squeeze and crawl through gaps, so I was dragging and pushing my bag. You have to climb up steep and areas that don’t have much head room, where you have to throw your bag up. You have to walk along steep ledges, where if your backpack gets caught or unbalanced.... Anyway, I had a lot of fun and the views were gorgeous. There was one area where you had to crawl through where someone took a duke that was disgusting but other than that the hike itself was great. I went during the week and there weren’t too many people. Probably ran into around 40 people during the whole hike.
This hike extremely tired me out with the backpack so by the time that I got to the junction, where I found a backcountry camp site, I set up my tent, ate a bite, bear safed my food, and went straight to sleep. I emphasize to Bear Safe Your Food, because that night a bear was trying to get my food, which I hung on a tree right outside my tent...
In short, I don’t suggest backpacking unless you are very muscular, have a light pack, or you set up at the bottom of the mountain early in the day (10 am latest). It is a very fun and difficult climb and has great views. Make sure to pay attention to trail markers!

Beautiful on the way up and down. Lots of water falls and large rock formations.

There’s a reason this hike is rated #1 in Shenandoah area! What an unbelievable hike! We decided to do the full 9 mile circuit trail. The ascent (3.8 miles) is full of excitement and a ton of rock scrambles. It is definitely challenging! In order to complete this hike you must be able to get through rock scrambles and hoist yourself up on boulders. The summit is incredible (360 degree views!), with great views and options to rest along the way. The descent is 5.2 miles but goes by very quickly due to the decrease in difficulty and the constant changing of scenery. It is a beautiful serene place. Make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks! As an experienced hiker I completed this hike in 4 hours with one break. Would suggest this hike 100%, incredible experience an a ton of fun! Would suggest getting there early to beat the crowd. There is a 15 dollar park entry fee.

Started off at the white oak canyon parking lot, suggest to get there early as the lot fills up quick, overflow parking is available for $10 a car, in addition to paying the park entrance fee. But if you are there early enough parking is free. We did the white oak to cedar run loop, the hike itself was challenging but also wonderful in so many ways. Took up 6 1/2 hours, we stopped for lunch and spent time in the water. Beautiful scenery, many over looks to enjoy the water falls. The rocks on the down hill was the hardest part in my opinion, difficult on the knees, feet and ankles. The water slide was all I hoped it to be, refreshingly freezing cold water. The trail was crowded today, never felt like we were alone which I don’t necessarily enjoy, I prefer the solitude of nature but that didn’t take away from my experience.

I have done this multiple times and it is probably one of the best mid-Atlantic hikes. It is an all day affair and can be rather hard. Make sure you have good weather! The views make the hard climb worth it.

Overall a really great hike! Well maintained trails and pretty good views at top. One problem is that it's so popular, you'll definitely get into traffic jams near the top if you go on a weekend

Great hike. Steep and rocky

hiking
10 days ago

What a great little hike to an amazing view point. Not super hard, but takes an hour and a half to go out and back while enjoying the view. Some elevation change, but do-able for our family of 8 and 11-year old kids and a dog. Absolutely deserted at 10 am on 4th of July week! Take advantage of this hidden gem!

P.S. Why are there two descriptions of the same hike on AllTrails?

hiking
10 days ago

One of our favorites in our three years of coming to Shenandoah. Start left and follow the river. Take a dip in a nice rapid-laden pool and enjoy the scenery and (cold!) water. This is a slightly strenuous but very do-able hike. We took our dog along with our 7 and 10 year old daughters who, though they complained a bit near the end, were troopers and pulled it off on a hot day. Sneaking over to Dark Hollows is a must and saves you the trouble of doing that hike separately. We got to see a bear and a few deer on the way. I can't recommend this trail enough for a great family day hike!

A great hike, but a rating of hard is, well, hard. Yes, I'm approaching 60, but in very good shape, and this was an exhausting and strenuous hike. Lots of rocks, a real work out on the ankles and knees. Pay close attention and bring a walking stick or two, as well as lots of water and something to eat. Our fitbits measured it at more like 9.5 miles. Be sure to stop and put your feet in the water at some point. Watch for snakes (big) and bears (sudden). In other words pay attention to your surroundings. Lots of swimming holes (ice cold clean water) and fairly well traveled. Trails are well marked but print the above or bring a print out so you know which path to take. Allow 5-7 hours. Parking lot was packed so get there early to get a spot, otherwise there's overflow parking at $10 a shot.

I done it round trip. It worth view on the top! I like it and hope to go back again:)

Great hike!!!

hiking
12 days ago

Gorgeous trail the follows the river.

I love this trail and all the scrambling you get to do on it. It gets very busy on the weekends, so try to avoid going on Saturday or Sunday if at all possible or you may get stuck standing in line to get through the difficult areas on the trail.

I did this hike today, it was also my first hike in Virginia. It was a good way to spend the day, and I did enjoy it. Though, I wouldn’t call this a hard hike for the experienced person. It’s more of a moderate hike for anyone that does this on a regular basis. There are some challenging parts, but nothing too crazy. But, if you are new to the hiking game, or not comfortable on rocks I would take it slow, especially through the rocky area. The trail is well marked and well-traveled, it is also kind of busy at times. But if you just keep pushing on and following the blue marks you’ll eventually end up at the summit for a decent view. I did the full loop in about 4 1/2 hours, and the way down wasn’t bad. It was probably the easiest descent I have ever done, mostly because the last few miles are on the fire road. Being form AZ I did feel the humidity, so if you’re not used to that I would definitely bring a little bit of extra water just to be safe.

Fantastic trail for the hiker, trail runner, rock climber...literally anyone looking for an adventure quencher. If you’re considering taking kids, they will need to be little brave ninjas for the rock climbing, rock heights and the need to problem solve on the rocks. It’s a gorgeous trail. We are fortunate to have it available to us. It is a well maintained and well traveled trail. Enjoy!!

Very challenging hike, with some views that are well worth the effort. The scrambling portion definitely adds a nice change of pace and gives you a chance to use your arms a bit and give your legs a break

Completed in just over 5 hours. Is it difficult? Absolutely. Worth it? Absolutely. Biggest advice is to do this as early as possible to avoid crowds and to bring more water than you think. Surprisingly ran out of water with 4 miles to go. Lastly, some people complain about the 5.2 miles back to the parking lot as boring but it honestly isn’t. You see some nice water features and the terrain change after the rock scrambling is very welcome.

backpacking
15 days ago

i did a one night back country camping at old rag. it was wonderful. the peak was beautiful. there are small shelters when on your way down the mountain that was extremely helpful when it rained. great trip.

Was a wonderful hike would most definitely do it again!

This trail was my first hike ever! It was extremely difficult because of the constant tough inclines for several miles. This 9 mile trail took 6 hours total for me to complete with consistent rests. I prepared months in advance for the hike by running 2 miles a few times a week in order to build endurance and stamina. However the top was great. It was so difficult i promised myself i wouldnt do it again. I sincerely declared it was the hardest thing I have ever did in my life. My friend and I were able to see a Mother bear and her two cubs pass on the trail. But i loved it.

Done this trail a few tiles now. Too comment on the last commenter. I suggest going up over the rocks and back down the rocks. There are only a couple real challenging parts coming back down but it is so much more enjoyable to go back down the rocks than the fire road.

I can’t get enough of this trail.

Did this hike today with my 15 year old nephew. Absolutely loved it. We started on the yellow blaze side at skyline drive, which is the oak canyon side, coming up cedar run at the end of the journey was a challenge but an enjoyable one. If you don’t want as much a challenge I would start on the blue blaze first, ending on a fire road for the last 2 miles would probably be pretty nice if you’re not an overly experienced hiker.
Currently there is A LOT of water. Be prepared to get wet, and cross water and be on very wet rocks.
The pools are all very deep and so good to swim in!!!

IMPORTANT
It’s NOT 7.3 miles. It’s more like 8.5.

This hike was absolutely breathtaking. Some reviews suggest hiking this trail backwards-DO NOT DO THIS. The hardest part (rock scrambling) is also the most scenic and time consuming and occurs very near the beginning of the hike. The last four miles are an easy descent with very little to view, but it is very welcomed after the beginning portion.
The best hike I have been on by far. The rock scrambling was more than I’d hoped it would be and proved challenging while also incredibly fun. I would suggest this hike to anyone who enjoys rock scrambling.

19 days ago

Great hike - as everyone notes, get their early to avoid lines and waiting thru the rock scrambles. Each of the summits is a good spot to rest up, enjoy the view and hydrate. Fire Rd back to parking lot is a breeze and you can hear lots of water in the background. The best and most challenging hike in the Shenandoah Natl Park!

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