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Neighbor Mountain - Jeremys Run Loop

 4.0 (13)

Length


14.0 Miles 22.5 Kilometers


2,503' 763 m

Ascent

-2,509' -765 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

2,790' 850 m

High

1,143' 348 m

Low

Shared By Larry W. Brown

Conditions


All Clear 18 days ago
Some Mud: Very little mud considering how much it's rained lately. Overall great shape when I ran it yesterday. History

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A moderately strenuous loop above and through the canyon of Jeremys Run.

Larry W. Brown

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route is quite rewarding, though it's not for the faint of heart. The trails are strenuous, and require a lot of climbing, even when compared to the long distance required to finish the loop.

Description

Begin this loop from the Elkwallow Gap, where parking and a well-marked trailhead make a clear beginning point. This route can be completed in either direction, though this guide follows a counter-clockwise direction.

Visitors will begin by embarking on a portion of the Appalachian Trail (AT), which climbs north, and then west from the trailhead. This trail portion is blazed with white, and if you're unsure just keep an eye out for the blazes. The AT: Potomac Appalachian Trail will then mirror Skyline Drive as it begins to head south. Visitors will follow this trail as it rolls up and down for about 4 miles, until reaching an intersection with the Neighbor Mountain Trail. From there, visitors will make a right turn onto the Neighbor Mountain Trail, which will head west.

This portion of yellow-blazed trail covers some of the most technical terrain of the route. Visitors will continue on as the trail traverses a ridgeline. Take your time in this section, and enjoy the features specific to the higher elevation. Sharp eyes will spot beautiful white birch trees, a rare species in the area. After a few miles of ridgetop travel, the trail begins to lose elevation steadily. There will be a few steep drops, and using caution between miles 7 and 8 is advised. Switchbacks make the downward progression more comfortable, though the way is still steep.

At mile 8, the Neighbor Mountain Trail ends at a three-way junction with the Jeremys Run Trail, and the Knob Mtn Trail. Here, the loop makes a right turn, heading east on the Jeremys Run Trail. Keep an eye out for blue blazes, continue east, and you'll know that you're on the right path! Where the AT and the Neighbor Mountain Trail moved along a ridgeline, this trail moves along a creek. Along the way, visitors will have a few shallow crossings, and will enjoy the sound of the water, even when the creek is out of sight. The return trip is a gradual incline, and you'll regain most of the elevation lost on the Neighbor Mountain Trail.

Carry on this trail for a total of 4.8 miles, and you'll find yourself back at your vehicle.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.

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Aug 19, 2018
Gary Ryan
Jul 28, 2018
Pschirtz
Sep 3, 2017
Dallas Ducar
Found a great spot which one can get water or even take a dip for a swim. 8mi
Aug 4, 2017
Matthew Barrow
14mi
May 12, 2017
Abesha WeddingPhoto
Planning 14mi
May 9, 2017
Gordon Frank
connects with Jeremy's​ Run
May 6, 2017
James Ortmann
14mi
Apr 29, 2017
Alex Perez

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  4.0 from 13 votes

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James Ortmann
Minneapolis, MN
James Ortmann   Minneapolis, MN
We had a great time hiking Jeremy's Run and Neighbor's Mountain, but there were times when we thought we had made a mistake attempting this hike. It had rained heavily the days before we started, making Jeremy's Run 15 crossings a white-knuckled slog through thigh-deep rapids. It was beautiful in the valley and the ascent to Neighbor's Mountain was fairly easy thanks to well-trodden switchbacks. May 15, 2017

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