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A ridge crest trail with numerous spectacular views.


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Map Key

23.9

Miles

38.5

KM

Point to Point

3,776' 1,151 m

High

1,143' 348 m

Low

2,230' 680 m

Up

4,681' 1,427 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Requires a shuttle or 2 cars. Southern trailhead has limited parking spaces off of US Rt. 33.

Need to Know

Very limited water sources. One spring near the half-way mark (approx 12.4 miles from the southern terminus). Some backpackers stash water near the half-way point.

Take care to stay on the trail in the southern third of this hike as it crosses private property.

Description

Recommend the Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide book: wvbookco.com/ProductDetails…

More trail information may be found here--> hikingupward.com/MNF/NorthF…

Specific questions should be directed here: Cheat-Potomac Ranger District in Petersburg at (304) 257-4488

Flora & Fauna

Deer, turkey, bear, feral goats.

Contacts

Shared By:

Cole D

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Dawn a few miles in from RT 33.
Jan 28, 2021 near Franklin, WV
One of many beautiful views off of North Fork Mountain Trail, West Virginia.
May 29, 2019 near Petersburg, WV
Hike in early May 2020. Snow in the morning and t-shirt by afternoon!
Jan 28, 2021 near Petersburg, WV

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Nov 3, 2023
Jesse Daniels
Chimney Top with Gary! 3mi
Mar 31, 2023
Philippe Marcais
Beautiful trail with many views. Started at 10:00 AM and finished at 4:00 PM the next day. End of March and I was OK with 4L of water. 25mi
Jun 3, 2021
DAVID LOWE
Started at the South trailhead off of route 33, did the length of the trail. 26.4mi
Jun 5, 2020
Bradley Allf
Great ridge hike with some excellent views of the valleys on either side. A number of good established camp areas. Water source halfway through. 23.9mi
May 9, 2020
jill h
So wild! Started in snow and ended in 70 degrees and sun. Hiked south to north (save your knees and do it north to south). Black bear and turkeys. 23.9mi — 12h 00m
Sep 27, 2019
Matthew Lokay
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