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blueBlack Neels Gap - Lake Winfield Scott Traverse

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6.2 mile 10.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,416' 432 m
Descent: -1,615' -492 m
High: 4,443' 1,354 m
Low: 2,918' 889 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)


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Hike from Neels Gap to Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area.

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This trail is a very nice hike from the shelter at Neels Gap (on Highway 19) to Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area. Along the way, you'll utilize part of the AT and potentially meet some thru-hikers!

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To hike this (as mapped) requires two cars, or access to a shuttle. Either your second car, or the shuttle you have hired, should be at Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area to take you back to your starting point at Neels Gap when you are finished. For those with stamina and strength, this can be done as an out and back, but be prepared for 13 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation gain over the trip!


The hike starts at the shelter at Walasi-yi, which has a water source and outdoor toilets. The hike begins by entering the AT at the shelter, and starting up a moderate trail until you get to a "standing rock". At this point, ensure you stay on the AT, going up blood mountain (follow the white blazes).

When you reach the summit of Blood Mountain (around two miles or so in), and pass by the shelter there, ensure you stay on the AT going down the other side of the mountain. (Do not take the Duncan Ridge Trail).

Head down the other side of the mountain, through various switchbacks, staying on the AT. After about three miles you'll eventually reach a crossroads, where the AT goes to the left, and a blue-blazed trail (going to Lake Winfield Scott) goes off to the right. You want the blue-blazed trail at this point.

The blue blazes do not continue very far, but the trail should be easy to follow. There were several trees fallen across the path in 2018, and they may still be there. This part of the trail starts following along various streams and creeks that eventually empty out into Lake Winfield Scott.

Eventually after a mile or so, you'll reach Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area, emptying out onto Jarrard Gap Road.

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Jan 9, 2019
Sam Park
parked at Reece state park for a day hike. started hike at approx. 12:40pm. go up Reece trail for 0.7 miles, to get onto the AT, which you take to… 7.5mi
Jan 1, 2019
Aaron Burch
Oct 28, 2018
Shane Lewis
Oct 20, 2018
Trevor Aten
6.2mi — 3h 00m

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