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I loved this trail! Beautiful rock formations and seen a timber rattler! Unbeatable views! Didn't seem like 4 miles at all.
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Great quick hike. It was a chilly day but very clear and sunny, perfect day out. I saw 25 or more people but had nice bits of quiet time. The campsites were half full.

So worth the climb up. Walk passed the Big Schloss cut off and go about a half mile more to look back at it.

Awesome hike today! Lovely weather, amazing views.. a bit crowded on the trail, but I suppose that's to be expected on one of the last warm weekend days of the year! Went up to the top and ate our sandwiches sitting on the cliff and enjoying the silence...ahhh

Went on this hike last May and loved it. First hike in the States after seven years overseas. Great rock formations and views from the top. Recommend going as early as possible to avoid crowd and experience the hike in at best viewing time.

backpacking
2 months ago

Just got back from an overnight with my husband and our dog from Half Moon Mountain. We had a late start on Friday evening (only two hours before sunset) and knew we had to move quickly if we didn’t want to set up camp/ find a site in the dark. We hiked the loop counter clockwise per other users recommendations. We found a camp site (one of the only sites left!) about 3.5 miles in next to a stream. We definitely weren’t alone, surrounded by about 7 other tents but it didn’t bother us. The walk there was mostly uphill, up and down quite a few steep gullies. It was hard work, but nothing horrible, considering we had 20lb packs and we also were practically jogging, trying to beat the sun. The stream worked out perfectly to replenish our water before we left the next morning to finish the loop. When we started hiking the next day, it was straight uphill from the campsite till the summit. Reached the summit in about an hour and a half from camp and had the place to ourselves. When we came down we had a portion of maybe 1.5-2 miles of VERY steep trail. I was SO GLAD we had hiked counter clockwise when I saw what I would have had to walk up if I had gone the original way of the loop. After that it leveled to a grassy, wide walkway. Wowwww that felt good on the knees after all the steep, rocky downhill. From there we continued on to pass many streams. I recommend waterproof shoes for sure. There was a tricky part at one of the stream crossings where the correct way to go didn’t even seem to have a trail, but we had used GPS so we could see we needed to keep going straight (literally almost in the stream) and then after about 5 mins the trail became clearly visible again. I’m not sure if it’s because of the amount of rain we’ve had this summer, but the blazes were very faded in a lot of sections. After all the stream crossings it was a lot of rolling hills, grassy, muddy, small rocks. Great hike overall. I agree with the other users saying this hike is more ‘hard’ than moderate because of the one, very steep and rocky section, otherwise moderate terrain and elevation. Campsites are very limited. On the summit we only spotted about 3 sites. Where we stayed, was the most plentiful. View is outstanding and a nice chilly wind comes off the summit. I would definitely do it again. Also, although we saw maybe 10 people when we camped, we only saw two other people on the trail the entire day. If solitude is your thing, this would be a good day hike. Lots of freshwater sources for backpackers and dogs!

Went on a foggy day and didn't have the best view from the top, but the trail was excellent and clearly blazed. First 3/4 mile is steep but it levels off nicely from there with several great vistas along the way to the top. Road leading to the wolf gap recreational parking lot is fully paved and easily driven.

We went on a muggy day and still loved the trail. It was a challenge for the first mile and a half or so. Great workout. We are hoping to go back on a clearer day to get the full experience of the full 360 view!

If you like walking in hardwoods this is a really nice hike. There are plenty of streams for water. Took my dog who had a great time. I definitely agree with reviewer that this should be rated as hard, at least clockwise mainly d/t distance and one wicked climb up a stream in a couloir. CCW is more gradual but that 900+foot ascent in a stream bed is a hike going CW. I’ll definitely do it again. There are scenic parts with big views best seen once leaves off. The trail is very well marked and clean. It’s doable on a mountain bike if you’re fit with only 2-3 hike a bike sections (definitely bike it CCW). Unfortunately heavy rainfall has washed out a portion of trail near the bridge but it’s still easily recognizable. All in all it will be one I do with my dog often because it’s easy enough to get around while kids in school and get back to pick them up in Winchester, 45 min away.

The road leading up to the trail was extremely dangerous to go up ,and I would not recommend taking a car that won't withstand off roading. There are many sharp turns in the weathered gravel road.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a pleasant hike. A lot of stream crossings, and use of (very) old fire roads with a lack of erosion control makes for some rugged terrain in spots. Didn’t see anyone else on the trail, which was quite nice.

This is a truly amazing hike, short and sweet. Be wary of false a false summit just after the 1st mile or so. The rocks just past the bridge make for an excellent time.

Wow! Top notch hike! Some good challenges and SPECTACULAR views! We were held up on the trail for about 10 minutes with an encounter of a 4 foot rattlesnake that my wife almost stepped on! Bring water, a snack, and your camera! Amazing views!

It's a good climb with an excellent view.

First part was rough but once you get to the ridge line it’s really easy and beautiful.

The first mile was brutal for an out of shape person like me but it smooths out if you push through. This was one of the most breathtaking hikes I’ve ever been on. Just beautiful. Once you get to the footbridge, you’re just about there. I’ll definitely be returning.

Hiked this trail earlier in the spring. From the parking lot, starts up the road past some camping sites. Just look for the sign. 1st part is a steady uphill climb for about 1 mile then levels off. Nice foot bridge at the end just before the rock outcrop. A bit of scrambling on the rock outcrop. Terrific views at the top. I experienced some traffic on the trail and at the top. Due to the climb, I would hike on a cooler day. Definitely worth doing. Caution, this is an unprotected cliff top view. Hang on to your little hikers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The initial ascent was challenging, but after you reach the ridgeline it's smooth hiking. The camping availability at Wolf Gap was nice but filled up quickly. I ended up camping on the other side of the road. If you are interested in backpacking, there was plenty of spots to camp along the trail. I am looking forward to doing this one again.

My baby sis and I hiked this BEAUTIFUL trail today, May 12, 2018. The first mile was a bit torturous,

7 months ago

Great views at the top! Definitely recommend the hike.

Great hike with a gorgeous view!

The hike was a little challenging in the beginning and well worth it for the views at the top!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail to get out and stretch your legs. Not the best hike in the region but a good change of pace and with it coming in over 10 miles and more than 2000 foot of altitude gain it is more exercise that some of the "hard" hikes on this list despite being described as "moderate." I went clockwise but do not think it makes too much of a difference.

Five stars if you pair it with Tibbet Knob. You get about 8 miles and about 2000 total feet. The hike up Tibbet Knob is the more of a scramble but the views are less impressive. I recommend doing Big Schloss second for the bigger payoff. The best views are to the north and slightly west so in the fall photos remain good even into the afternoon.

paired this with tibbet knob.. totaled about 8 miles . went eith dog, he got a little scared after the bridge but had fun either way. great views all the way

Beautiful views. Great day hike! Just enough uphill to make it a little bit of a workout, but not bad. The rocks twist a little under the boots so have to watch your footing. It was a little of a busy trail...definitely not the busiest we have been on.

Great trail! Went out on St. Patrick’s day for an overnight trip. Saw a good amount of people. Great hike to get some elevation without super strenuous uphills. Excited to come back and do this again.

This was my first big hike. it's special to me because my family settled the areas on both sides of the mountain.. The Bowers family in VA and Heishman family in Trout Run.

So for me, the hike was worth the insane first mile uphill. Once it levels off, you get a bit of a break while you hike the top of the mountain. Lots of great places to stop along the way and see the valleys.

The bridge is really neat, and not something you see much of on trails. I really enjoyed just sitting alone at the summit, enjoying the breeze and taking pics. Believe it or not, you can get 4G up there!

I first went in April 2017. Then did Tibbett Knob later in the year with my daughters.

Be careful of the drive up. Lots of blind curves and a narrow road. People take the curves pretty quick and we had to pull onto the shoulder a couple of times to avoid getting smashed.

First mile is uphill with plenty of rocks. After that it is still rocky but levels off. Great views along the way. Definitely worth dealing with the ascent.

hiking
9 months ago

A very nice hike. Too many stream crossings too count. Those crossings are fun and not hard to do (in the winter at least).

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