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Hands down, Mt Rodgers Area is the best hiking destination in the south east. From constant valley views, to curious wildlife, this Area has a trail for you!
We started at The Scales. Big open field, with Privy. Yes, you will need a high clearance vehicle to get here, and yes, it will take you about an hour to go 3.5 miles up the fire road to Scales due to the VERY ROCKY ROAD!
I highly recommend you do this loop counter clockwise if your are overnighting due to water sources being towards the last 1/3 of the hike.
Began our hike on Crest Trail, missed our turn off for Pine Mtn trail because it looked like it back tracked. (It doesn't. Take the Pine Mtn to avoid a steep climb) Connected with the AT, jumped over to Mt Rodgers to say we did, back tracked, and cont. on the AT northbound. Stayed overnight at the Wise shelter. (Has Privy and water source) The next morning we decided to shave off 2 miles and take the Scales trail straight UP back to The Scales. (We had a 7 hr road trip ahead)
Couldn't have asked for more.

backpacking
29 days ago

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
10 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
11 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.

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, 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

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.

backpacking
10 months ago

Monday, September 19, 2016

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016