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Bearfence Loop Trail

 4.7 (13)

Length


1.1 Miles 1.8 Kilometers


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

Low

Shared By Ben Stockdon

Conditions


All Clear 5 days ago
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A short trail with moderately hard rock scrambles, but great views!

Ben Stockdon

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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Jul 19, 2018
michael kelso
Jul 15, 2018
Christopher Graham
Hiked in darkness w/ headlamps. Caught first light + sunrise from top of scramble. BEAUTIFUL. Took AT back 2 beginning of Trail.
Jul 12, 2018
Niklas Hultin
Jul 7, 2018
John Turcotte
Jun 29, 2018
Kate Enns
Jun 20, 2018
Steven Capparelli
1.1mi
Jun 13, 2018
Alyssa Hughes
May 22, 2018
Michael Braband
Mike and Kimmee

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  4.7 from 13 votes

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#9

in Virginia

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