Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Troutdale with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This whole area is a gem, western views for us eastern folks. The AT thru here can be rocky so wear good boots. Decent water sources and plenty of great camp spots. Take side trips and explorer. This trail is only a good introduction. BTW it is Rhodo Gap not Rodie. Tons of Rhododendrons in the area.

Beautiful trail. Changing landscapes, rhododendron meadows, ponies, cattle. Some up and down challenging climbs, but nothing too technical.

on Cliffside Trail

hiking
9 months ago

I must have missed something in the descriptions. Parked in the layby where it was signposted Lewis Fork. First part was v easy walking. Cliffside trail was marked as a trail 1 mile ahead. One crossed a bridge and then forked off to the right. We got as far as Istvan's recording. I had to wonder when one would ever reach a view. Perhaps we needed to have ventured much further.

backpacking
10 months ago

Started from Grayson highlands, and went clockwise. Made for a fun weekend backpacking trip. We were surprised to find a large herd of long horn cattle on the northwest corner of the loop, where we camped the first night. Besides having to avoid cow patties, a great trip.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

The map lead you a creekside camp not to a cliffside view I thought it would be. I went a bit further, but still did not see the view (see recording). Maybe someone can explore this trail better. The hike until the camp is very easy and nice. Partly horse trail. The forest is really very nice here. This worth the trip. I suspect more exploration in this area would result in better hiking recommendations.

on Elk Garden Trail

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Loved this trail. Went up the AT and took the horse trail back down for a total of approx 4 mile roundtrip. Beautiful!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Definitely not an easy hike if you take it to the top. It does start easy but its called cliffside for a reason. I love the climb and you will most likely have the trail to yourself.

hiking
Thursday, February 25, 2016

This a great trail. The AT meets with here so you get to talk with people who are hiking the AT. I chose to stay on the AT to White Top Mtn. GREAT HIKE.

hiking
Thursday, August 20, 2015

I did part of the Bearpen Trail from Big Wilson Creek Trail leading to first Peak trail, 1.9 miles in total. This was a muddy, rocky horse trail. It seemed as if there was water flowing into to it almost the entire length of the trail. I added some pictures but they are not pretty. If you want to follow a track it is part of the track called Little Wilson Creek Wilderness Up. I was completing a 10 mile wilderness hike and took this trail to get to Third Peak as it was the shortest route but on the way back I took Kabel Trail to get back to Big Wilson Creek trail and this proved to be an easier and much dryer way to go even though it was a bit longer. If you want to follow my track its called Little Wilson Creek Wilderness Up.

hiking
Thursday, August 20, 2015

I connected to this trail from Bear Pen and ascended all the way to Third Peak. This was a very muddy trail not for the faint of heart. As I passed second Peak I was hoping for some views of Mount Rogers but those did not come util i got to Third Peak. Lots of wild blue berries and black berries as you come out of the woods. This trail seems to be taken by a lot of horseback riders. In fact, it might be that it truly is a horse trail. I did run into a couple who were walking down the trail on my way up but other than that it was a solitary walk through the wilderness. On the way down I walked to First Peak and then to the intersection of Kabel Trail. In all I walked 2.3 miles of this 3.1 mile trail. You can access it from the AT directly and do a 6.2 mile out and back or from three other trails within the Little Wilson Creek Wilderness. If you want to follow my track its part of a track called Little Wilson Creek Wilderness Down.

hiking
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bearpen trail has two sides. It has the awesome view side and the Wilderness mud side. This trail was nice at the views. Nice views with fog and marsh made the trail eerie. It was not well marked. It was a true adventure as there were no people at all. Once I entered the wilderness though, the trail condition deteriorated. Past Big Wilson Creek Trail, it was very muddy from years of horse use. After 1.5 miles of hiking in the mud, I finally reached 1st peak trail. My advice... I would bring a horse when entering Little Wilson Creek Wilderness. Anyway, this trail was part of my 20-mile day hike that I really enjoyed. What an adventure.

hiking
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This trail shows how much damage years of horse use can do. I was hiking in the Little Wilson Creek Wilderness as part of my 20 mile hike. First Peak was not impressive. After going the wrong way after Bearpen, I turned around and got my bearings. The trail was super muddy the WHOLE way, with bogs and water everywhere. I had to bushwack around the trail at times to not get muddy. It got a little better when I exited the wilderness. At Stone Mountain, the views were obscured by the fog. The fog made the hike eerie, but I was glad not to have mud anymore. When I arrived at scales, my shoes and socks were taken off to dry. Its a nice hike to Stone Mtn and 3rd peak, but DO NOT GO BEYOND THERE UNLESS YOU ARE ON HORSEBACK!!! The trail is just too muddy for foot travel. As of August 10, 2013.

hiking
Monday, November 11, 2013

If you want to get to the top expediently, this is the trail. It takes the direct route, going from Lewis Fork trailhead to Rhododendron Gap in only 3 miles. It is steep at times, with rocks to climb over. It is not suitable for horses or mountain bikes. The ranger at Grindstone warned me about this trail, but I took anyway. When he asked me later how it went, I replied "It was pretty steep, but I could follow it. It was in ok condition." This trail was part of my Wilburn Ridge trek of Aug. 2012. The views were awesome, and I loved the hike. This was the first time at Mt. Rogers.

hiking
Monday, November 11, 2013

Out doing a 20-mile hike on Aug 10, and my circuit took me to Little Wilson Creek Wilderness. I started at Grayson highlands and hiked up to the Bearpen Trail. Easy enough. Then, my plan was to take Bearpen to pickup First Peak and on to Scales. I implemented it, but to a few surprises. After experiencing Bearpen's awesome views, I entered the wilderness. Beyond Big Wilson Creek Trail, Bearpen got muddy. I faced a mud bog 2 miles long where at times I had to bushwhack around the trail to prevent my ankles from getting muddied. After what seemed like eternity, I reached 1st Peak trail. I took it NW to Scales. It was in worse shape than Bearpen. The never-ending mud bog continued, getting me for another 2 miles! When I finally left the wilderness for 3rd peak and Stone Mountain, I made it through an adventure. The shoes and socks were finally dried out after I finally reached scales. IF YOU DO THIS WILDERNESS, KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU WILL GET WET AND MUDDY. HORSEBACK IS THE BEST WAY OF TRAVEL AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED!!! After my 20-mile hike, someone asked me as to why I didn't stick to the Appalachian Trail. Well, I wanted an adventure, and this was one adverse hike I will never forget.

hiking
9 months ago

on Grassy Branch Trail

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9 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

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Monday, November 07, 2016

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Monday, September 19, 2016

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012