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Bearfence Loop Trail

 7 votes

1.1 Miles 1.8 Kilometers


70%

Singletrack

232' 71 m

Ascent

-232' -71 m

Descent

3,578' 1,091 m

High

3,356' 1,023 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Unknown

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

Ben Stockdon

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.
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.

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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Oct 15, 2017
Scott Durant
Hiked this trail and continued on the AT for a little bit before heading back the same way.
Sep 30, 2017
Aaron Lee
Sep 23, 2017
Julia Villarruel
So much fun- just me and Antonio. Weather was BEAUTIFUL and the scramble was fun
May 19, 2017
Erin Sullivan
Great views! 1.1mi
Apr 23, 2017
Xiuhong Cao
Mar 27, 2017
Brad Szywala
A very fun hike but not good for people with a fear of heights. 1.1mi
Feb 18, 2017
Katherine Clements
0.5mi
Nov 30, 2016
Scott Sallade

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  4.6 from 7 votes

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in Virginia

#1,245

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