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Bearfence Loop Trail

 9 votes

Length

1.1 Miles 1.8 Kilometers


Elevation

232' 71 m

Ascent

-232' -71 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

3,578' 1,091 m

High

3,356' 1,023 m

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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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Apr 2, 2018
Kelsey Dunbar
Loved the rock scramble
Mar 31, 2018
Michael Traylor
Ty and I.
Feb 24, 2018
Daniel Fitzke
Awesome scrambler. Only did half the loop due to wet conditions 1.1mi
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

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 9 votes

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#12

in Virginia

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