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Big Schloss from Wolf Gap

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An iconic trail in the Wolf Gap Recreation area that boasts 270-degree views!


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Out and Back

2,934' 894 m

High

2,239' 683 m

Low

1,019' 311 m

Up

1,027' 313 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly The hike is 4.2 miles out and back with an elevation gain of about 1,000 ft. There is a small campground surrounding the parking lot for this trailhead.

Overview

This is a great hike from Wolf Gap Recreation Area to the top of Big Schloss. Big Schloss is the sister trail to Tibbet Knob and offers a 270-degree view of its mountainous and beautiful surroundings.

Description

Off of I-81, take the exit for 42 South (Exit 283). Turn right onto 42 South and then turn right onto 675 and follow 675 until you see the parking lot for Wolf Gap Recreation Area. The first .5 mile is uphill and then flattens out after that with some more gradual grades. The last .25 mile is again uphill to the top of Big Schloss peak.

This hike begins from the parking lot for Big Schloss, Tibbet Knob, and Mill Mountain. The trail is rocky throughout and follows the orange blazes for approximately 1.9 miles. At the 1.9 mile marker, you'll see a sign indicating to turn right for the Big Schloss Spur Trail. This is approximately 1/4 mile from the rocky outcropping/overlook. Most of the 1,000 ft elevation gain is within the first mile of the hike. If you can get through that, the views are worth it!

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  4.7 from 18 votes

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Photos

Soak up the fantastic views from Big Schloss.
Jul 6, 2017 near Moorefield, WV
Hiking Big Schloss on the Mill Mountain Trail - George Washington National Forest
Nov 25, 2019 near Moorefield, WV
View From Big Schloss
Feb 22, 2021 near Moorefield, WV
Big Schloss
Feb 22, 2021 near Moorefield, WV
Panorama of Big Schloss view
Oct 1, 2020 near Moorefield, WV
Trail on Ridgeline from Big Schloss
Feb 22, 2021 near Woodstock, VA

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Nov 1, 2020
JK161 k161
Oct 14, 2020
Dan Cook
Clear trail, busy but not overcrowded on a Wednesday 4.6mi — 2h 56m
Jun 28, 2020
David Colf
Jun 11, 2020
Don Richardson
May 31, 2020
Dan Blah
May 24, 2020
Randy Poynter
4.2mi — 2h 27m
Dec 31, 2019
Caleb Stapleton
4mi
Oct 2, 2019
Faadhil Moheed
Sunrise hike, fully worth — 2h 00m