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Buck Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (6)

A steep trail that leads you up to and along the Buck Ridge on its way to Skyline Dr and the Buck Hollow Trail.


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2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

Point to Point

2,666' 813 m

High

1,187' 362 m

Low

1,485' 453 m

Up

6' 2 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The beginning of this trail starts off the Buck Hollow Trail just after you have crossed two streams via large boulders. You'll make a left at the trail junction and shortly cross a third stream without the benefit of large boulders. Just past this final stream crossing, the trail begins an abrupt ascent utilizing rocks, logs and dirt made stairs. The aggressive ascent continues until you reach the beginning of the Buck Ridge.

The trail proceeds along the ridge and continues to rise in elevation, but at a much easier rate.

The entire trail is an absolutely beautiful mixture of views, forestation, and wild flowers.The trail finally terminates at the Hazel Mtn Trail just a short distance to the Meadow Spring Parking Area.

It is highly recommended that you take a right on the Hazel Mtn Trail until you reach the Buck Hollow Trail. You can return back to your starting point using the Buck Hollow Trail to descend back into the valley, which provides new views and gentle grades.

Flora & Fauna

Typical Shenandoah National Park Flora & Fauna.

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Shared By:

Donovan Fitzgerald

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  4.7 from 6 votes

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The steep climb up to Buck Ridge starts here.
May 3, 2017 near Luray, VA

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Nov 28, 2019
Ty Voyles
Nov 11, 2019
Charlie Scharfen
Start @ parking lot off Lee hwy (botom of mtn). Made it a loop by using Buck hollw for descent. Stream for dogs on buck hollow goin dwn. Tot. Loop 3hr 2.7mi — 1h 45m
Nov 3, 2019
Anneka Wiersma
Mar 10, 2019
Peter Stratos
Jul 14, 2018
Ellie Klerlein
7mi — 3h 00m
Feb 18, 2018
James Ortmann
2mi
Oct 6, 2017
Patrick Audant
Jul 1, 2017
Shawn Hanna