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Bearfence Loop Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (51)

A short trail with moderately hard rock scrambles, but great views!


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Out and Back

3,578' 1,091 m

High

3,356' 1,023 m

Low

232' 71 m

Up

232' 71 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly A lot of fun for the kids to climb the rocks and short enough that it won't lose their attention.

Overview

Though this trail will lead you past several false summits, be sure to hold out and continue to press on for the real thing. The 360-degree views are well worth the moderate climb required to reach the summit.

Description

As you pull into the parking lot look across the road for the trailhead. This trail has many different side trails branching off of it. This can make it important to remember how to get back, but can also lead to exploring so many other trails at the same time. If you are worried about getting lost, just be sure to use the Hiking Project mobile app to help navigate.

The trail is well marked and as you get about halfway in, the rock scrambles begin. Having a shoe with some good sticky rubber for traction is great here. Some light climbing is involved in the rock scrambles, and you can even boulder a few spots along the trail. In the winter, this trail has a good chance for ice and snow.

Make sure to sit on top of one of the rocks and have a bite to eat while enjoying the amazing views all around you. This is one of the best trails in the park for sunrise/sunset views. It is short enough to get you to a great view while still being enough of a challenge to be rewarding.

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Ben Stockdon

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  4.7 from 51 votes

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Photos

Sunset view from atop Bearfence.
May 25, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Looking west from the summit of Bearfence Mountain.  Massanutten mountain in the distance.
Jan 16, 2023 near Stanley, VA

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Jan 16, 2023
J H
Oct 24, 2022
Jesse Daniels
For Gabe's fieldtrip! 1.1mi
Oct 9, 2022
Justin Tripoli
Oct 7, 2022
Jodi Schaefer
More difficult than the description. Rock scrambles are difficult at several points….using both hands & legs. Jagged at top.No flat viewpoint 1& do…
Sep 28, 2022
Timothy Shepard
Sep 24, 2022
Alex Witt
Aug 3, 2022
Tom Muldowney
Aug 1, 2022
Russ Huth
The hike was good but the view from the point was not as amazing as hoped.