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Goshen Pass Preserve Hiking Trail

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Great winter hike, great views through the trees, steep climb, beautiful section of Chambers Ridge.


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Point to Point

2,105' 642 m

High

1,323' 403 m

Low

852' 260 m

Up

834' 254 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

62%

Max Grade (32°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Description

If done counter-clockwise (as mapped), go across a swinging bridge, make a right, and the hike starts with a flat section along Goshen Pass River (first mile looks like it could be pretty overgrown in the summer months). Then there is a very steep 700' climb in less than one mile.

At the top, you'll hike Chambers Ridge for three-quarters of a mile (this was the best part of the hike for us). The hike then wraps around the mountain for the almost two mile descent back to the swinging bridge. The path can be hard to see with leaves on the ground, but it is very well marked with freshly painted blue blazes (as of 2019). There are some other trails that intersect, but just keep following the blue blazes, and you'll be right where you want to be.

This is a great family hike for the adventurous types. Several downed trees for kids to climb on.

Shared By:

Matt Deveau with improvements by Jeff Monroe

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Beautiful rustic beach along the river.
Dec 30, 2019 near Lexington, VA
Path along the river, beautiful in the winter. Could be overgrown in the summer.
Dec 30, 2019 near Lexington, VA
Swinging bridge at trailhead.
Dec 30, 2019 near Lexington, VA
We found this awesome fallen tree.
Dec 30, 2019 near Lexington, VA
View of waterfall passed after climbing away from Maury River.
Feb 24, 2020 near Lexington, VA
Hike starts and ends using a wobbly bridge over the Maury River.
Feb 24, 2020 near Lexington, VA

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Nov 24, 2020
Alex Houser
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