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3 months ago

Did Little Sluice as a 13 mile circuit and overnight trip several years ago. Camped on the summit on a near freezing January weekend but the sunrise and sunset were fantastic. The views were probably better due to the trees being bare at that time of year. Definitely check out the rock scramble.

Good climb for a short hike. View at the top is spectacular. Trail is nicely built to keep a steady and modest rate of climb.

After deciding to start hiking, which I had not did in a very long time , I was unsure what easy would be. However as a person who spent most days on the couch , this hike was a good first hike. The only thing I would add is if the road is closed and you hike the road to the trail be prepared to take on a moderate hike.

not very long but well worth it.
great views and we were able to see some hang gliders taking off

trail running
Saturday, April 22, 2017

I entered at the Massanutten Mountain Trail and ran up the rocky, muddy, and very wet trail for about 6 miles. When I got to the top of the mountain, I veered to the left on the Scothorn Gap (yellow trail). I meant to take the Scothorn Gap Trail to Gap Creek, but simply took a wrong turn. The trail was beautiful and not nearly as muddy on the way down. This took me out to Crisman Hallow Rd, and an easy 5 miles downhill on gravel back to the parking lot.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Great for pets.

hiking
Sunday, September 06, 2015

Nice steady incline, over a thousand foot elevation gain in two miles, up Little Sluice Mountain. Spur trail off of Little Sluice Mountain trail not blazed and no marker present, so take unmarked trail on left at about 2 mile mark to reach summit. Short, but somewhat technical scramble up rocks to get up on top of "Little Schloss". The rocks are the attraction; actual peak is covered in trees, so going past rock outcrops is pointless. Great view of Big Schloss, to the west, and main valley of the Shenandoah and Edinburg to the east. I took my dog, and thinking he could not make it up the boulders and scree, I tied him to tree at bottom. After whining when I got out of site he pulled his collar off and was on top in seconds. I was very impressed as I don't think that most dogs would either attempt or be able to do this. Map at trail head does not show spur trail and is not very accurate, so best to have a map or app if doing it for the first time.

hiking
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Have hiked Big Schloss in Fall, Spring and Summer. Great trail starting from the Wolf Gap camp ground on the ridge between Virginia and West Virginia. Fantastic, panoramic views both during the hike and also from the stunning rocks at the top. Very unique. Takes us usually 3 hours round trip - including time to sit and enjoy the view at the top.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Duncan Hollow Trail is quite a monster - it is difficult, and certainly not for beginners, and even intermediate riders should beware of the difficulty presented by this trail. The trail can be ridden in either direction...I know this because we did it in the "wrong" direction and were able to complete it (with a significant amount of hike and bike).

The trail starts at the horse trail parking area on Camp Roosevelt Rd. We rode down the hill (30+ mph!!) to the intersection with FR274, then climbed FR274 to the Scothorn Gap Trail (~4.5 miles steady climb, 600' elevation gain). From there the trail was rideable for a few hundred yards (until shortly after crossing the Massanutten connector trail) before rising sharply (10% grade and more) along a loosely cobbled trail that defeated most of our best efforts to ride it. The loose cobbles on top of larger rocks made getting necessary traction extremely difficult. We spotted bear scat along this part of the trail.

After cresting the ridge at Scothorn Gap (make sure to look for the saddle pond), the trail continues to climb almost straight up the ridge to cross the Middle Mountain Ridge. The down trail is steep, treacherous and loose, but exciting and rideable. Hardtails, watch for flat rocks and cobbles that seem to be spaced exactly far enough to make control an iffy matter down the switchbacks.

Once you reach the trail along Duncan Hollow (turning NE), the going is better, with sections that are great singletrack. Still, we lost a chain and a tube along this section, but that is probably due to the fact that we could actually ride and gain significant speed along this section. Once you reach the Duncan Hollow Rd. (marked by a sign), the trail veers right, along and across the creek, back towards the trail parking area. This section is softer, and shows moderate signs of use from horses - It could be much worse in wetter weather.

As mentioned above, the trail can be ridden in the opposite direction (as evidenced from descriptions elsewhere) - that may make it easier, since the switchback climb on the east side of Middle Mountain seemed more do-able than climbing the West side of Waterfall Mountain along the Scothorn Trail. The ride down would be hard on body and bike, but is within reason.

The forest has been recently burned (intentionally) - north of the Scothorn Gap Trail, and west of the Duncan Hollow Trail. It makes for some stark views, and we saw little wildlife. We passed several hikers, and indications are that there are good views from some of the knobs up higher.

Bring plenty of water, as there is not easily potable water along the route.

Overall, the route is NOT one that I will highly recommend, but I might be convinced to try it in reverse on another occasion.

hiking
Monday, April 07, 2014

Great hike. We did the complete High Road-Little Schloss-Big Schloss circuit. First 1.5 miles up is STRAIGHT up (no switchbacks) and tough. Great reward at the top. Great camping sites and lots of water.

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