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Three Ridges Loop Trail

 4.5 (29)

Length


13.4 Miles 21.6 Kilometers


3,565' 1,087 m

Ascent

-3,564' -1,086 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

3,970' 1,210 m

High

1,876' 572 m

Low

Shared By Damon Yeh

Conditions


All Clear 54 days ago
Mostly Dry, Fallen Trees: The fallen trees have been there awhile and there are well worn paths around them. Don't let it discourage you History

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This route follows a beautiful ridge line trail then drops down in a valley featuring a series of waterfalls.

Damon Yeh

Dogs Off-leash

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall

Overview

This hike starts off on the AT along a ridge line with several amazing views of the Appalachian mountains. It then drops in elevation to the Mau-Har Trail which crosses two streams with great waterfalls. The route ends with a short hike back out of the valley onto the AT.

Description

Park at Reeds Gap at the intersection of VA664 and Blue Ridge Parkway. Head south along the AT along the left side of a small field. Work your way to the intersection of the Mau-Har Trail and the AT at the Maupin Shelter, but continue left along the AT. We found a small stream about 3 miles into the loop if you need a refill (may not be available year round); the next water source isn't until the Harpers Creek Shelter. There are a few campsites at the top of this ridge.

Continuing along this ridgeline there were several great overlooks along this trail that seemed to get better as we went along. There are two large rock outcroppings with unobstructed views. The trail then drops in elevation as you head into the valley. The first point of interest is the Harpers Creek Shelter that sits along a large stream. Soon after, you'll come across the intersection of the Mau-Har Trail and the AT. Turn right to take the Mau-Har Trail. This trail comes across a series of waterfalls with campsites all around.

The Mau-Har Trail is a fairly consistent uphill climb on rocky terrain. It follows the stream at first then climbs back out of the valley. Soon enough you'll come across the Maupin Shelter and make it back to the AT. Take a left and head back to the parking lot.

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May 25, 2018
Craig R
Did this hike as an overnight. Starting day 1 at noon and hiking to Harper Shelter. Day two hikes Maupin trail back to car. 18mi
May 6, 2018
William French
8h 30m
Apr 13, 2018
Dan Barie
Apr 2, 2018
Jerricho Mendez
Beautiful but demanding hike. Mau-Har trail has tons of water but the AT had one small water source. A few downed trees along the trail on both sides. 13.4mi
Mar 30, 2018
Stephen Bogner
Did this loop clockwise. Weather was perfect and the views of the Priest on the first day were excellent. The climb up the Mau Har was challenging… 13.4mi
Jan 28, 2018
Cody Simmons
Hiked it as an overnighter with Jacob and James. It rained on us at night and the second day. 13.4mi
Jan 24, 2018
Mattie Jones
Nov 11, 2017
Joshua Steinhilber

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  4.5 from 29 votes

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