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Trayfoot/Blackrock Mountain Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

10.2 mile 16.5 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,272' 693 m
Descent: -2,273' -693 m
High: 3,391' 1,034 m
Low: 1,441' 439 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)

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This is a great day hike with some challenging ascent and an easy slope back.

Paul Karns

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views

Overview

The two summits give you nice views of Blackrock Gap, and it is lightly trafficked.

Description

You can choose to take this hike from the trailhead outside of the park or from the Blackrock Gap parking lot on Skyline Drive. If you take it from the western trailhead, follow it clockwise to hit a solid ascent before following the ridge to the Blackrock Mountain summit and the AT. From there, you continue to the Blackrock Gap parking area and head back down into the gap on an easy, wide-track trail that slopes down to a creek for water.

It's a perfect loop when you want a challenge but don't want to kill yourself or share the trail with tons of people.

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Photos

Shenandoah afternoon.
Oct 6, 2016 near Grottoes, VA
Expect to find this marker for the Furnace Mountain Trail if accessing it from Skyline Drive.
Jan 30, 2017 near Grottoes, VA
The talus slope on the AT.
May 13, 2016 near Grottoes, VA
The lack of leaves allow a view from the peak of Mt Trayfoot.
Nov 21, 2017 near Grottoes, VA
Off season in the Shenandoah is heavenly. Low temperature camping off the Paine Run Trail
Nov 21, 2017 near Crimora, VA

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