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blue Loudoun Heights Lollipop

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Trail

6.3 mile 10.2 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,280' 390 m
Descent: -1,280' -390 m
High: 1,119' 341 m
Low: 291' 89 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Hunter R

A steady climb leads to fantastic views of Harpers Ferry and the convergence of two famous rivers.

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Overview

The Loudoun Heights Lollipop is the perfect route for those looking to experience iconic American history, secluded Virginian hardwood forests, and spectacular mountain-top views.

While on your hike, be sure to take your time and truly enjoy the different features this area has to offer, knowing that the very heart of American history runs rich through these hills.

Need to Know

There is a $10.00 parking fee for Shenandoah Street Parking Area that can be submitted in envelope kiosk.

Description

Starting at the Shenandoah Street Parking Area ($10.00 parking fee must be submitted in envelope kiosk), follow the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail south across the HWY 340 bridge over the Shenandoah River. Once on the south side of the bridge, continue across the road and get ready for a steep, steady climb along the AT to the ridge top. Switchbacking your way up the trail, be sure to take plenty of breaks, perhaps take out a snack, and enjoy the fantastic hardwood landscape before you.

As you climb, keep your eyes peeled for colorful blazes at the trail intersections. Proceed pass the oranges blazes and keep going to the ridgeline where the characteristic blue blazes indicate the start of the Blue Trail to the left. Head north on the Blue Trail as it snakes its way along the ridgeline to utterly spectacular viewpoints culminating in the Split Rock Overlook at the trail's end.

After enjoying yourself at the overlook, head back up the Blue Trail, climbing gently to a junction with the Orange Trail. Follow the Orange Trail as it descends gently to a clearing strung with overhead powerlines that offers rich panoramic views of Harpers Ferry. Take your time enjoying the view before heading back into the dense forest. Ahead, you'll connect back with the Appalachian Trail.

Follow the AT back down the ridgeline, over the road, and across the bridge to reach your car and the journey's end.

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Dec 2, 2018
Rose Lmt
Nov 3, 2018
D R
7.8mi
Sep 30, 2018
Mike Pryor
Pass a few small waterfalls early. Great views of Harper’s Ferry. Orange trail is about 10-15 minutes shorter. From 9:30 to 2pm
Sep 16, 2018
Mike Cassidy
Add almost another 8 miles for following the white blazes the wrong way for quite some time 6.2mi
Sep 2, 2018
Ruby Jones
2 mile climb to flat the down hill to overview.
Jun 15, 2018
Daniel P
Mar 31, 2018
Jen B
Jan 27, 2018
Brett Sabol

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