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blueBlack Bear Wallow-Massanutten Trail Loop

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Trail

9.0 mile 14.5 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,846' 563 m
Descent: -1,862' -567 m
High: 2,408' 734 m
Low: 780' 238 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)

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Trail shared by Paul S

A rocky and moderately difficult hike.

Paul S

Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Hunting is legal here in late fall.

Overview

A great but rocky route with nice camping, awesome views, and tasty spring-fed water.

Need to Know

Spring at mile 9 and a few creeks near the start of the trail.

Mountain bikers also use the first part of the hike.

Description

The first 4-5 miles are uphill and actually not bad in terms of difficulty. There are creeks both at the beginning and end of the hike for water. Near the end of the hike is a spring right off the trail. It is a “developed” spring with a PVC pipe. Easy to fill water bladders, but use a filter. The water was cool and didn’t taste of iron or sulfur.

Along this hike, you'll pass several backcountry camp sites suitable for 3-4 tents. They are also very nicely setup for hammock camping. Each site has a fire ring. There were at least ten we passed along the way.

Prepare for a handful of good views out over the valley mostly on the back half of the trail. In all, this is a nice route. However, beware that it is extremely rocky on the back half. In addition, the back half is also getting a bit overgrown with vegetation and the trail is quite narrow in spots.

Flora & Fauna

Watch for poison ivy on Meneka Peak Trail. Berry bushes were all picked clean already.

Plentiful birds. Saw some lizards but no snakes (though the terrain is perfect for them - so look where you step).

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May 13, 2019
Ziggy Zibrowski
Uphill climb was a steady graduation. Rain and cloud cover snuffed any visual appeal. As we rounded out along the peaks ridgeline, we spooked a bea… 9mi — 4h 38m
Dec 26, 2018
Shannon Ahartz
The trail is well marked and maintained but there are some rocks and boulders throughout the length making it a bit more challenging. Great views! 9mi
Oct 27, 2018
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Jun 24, 2017
John Bjorklund
Decently tough hike near DC. Quite rocky and challenging

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