Turk Mountain Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 614' 187 m
Descent: -613' -187 m
High: 2,938' 896 m
Low: 2,530' 771 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)
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“A great, short hike to the summit of Turk Mountain.”— Larry W. Brown
Family Friendly Although it might seem like a bit of a challenge to reach the summit, most kids will enjoy the climb up to the top of Turk Mountain and the great views that await.
Starting from the Turk Gap Trailhead, follow the white-blazed AT south (across Skyline Drive from the parking area). Go 0.1 mile to the marker post and turn right. The Turk Mountain Trail descends into the saddle between Turk Mountain and the main ridge, then climbs easily to the summit, from where there's an outstanding view to west at the top of rock talus slope.
Once you are done taking in the scenery, return back to your car the way you came.
Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.
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