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Address: Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Strenuous but worth it

A superb hike with a boulder scramble. 9-mile circuit hike with wonderful views of the Shenandoah mountains. Take a friend for the boulder scramble and be ready for a full-body... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
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Pasadena, MD
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

I would label the hike as moderately aggressive. If in ok shape, it's a hike you can do without stopping in half the allotted time. The slope is not steep. Great vista. BUT horribly crowded.

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Pasadena, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

A superb hike with a boulder scramble. 9-mile circuit hike with wonderful views of the Shenandoah mountains. Take a friend for the boulder scramble and be ready for a full-body workout.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

One of the most beautiful and exciting hikes I've ever done. I would do it again in a heart beat! Fantastic view from the summit and plenty of places to stop and rest on the way up, and down.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We did this hike many times when we were kids (with our parents!). And we have some our best and most iconic family photos from the top. I remember it being v long and v strenuous at the time, with scrambling over v large rocks. I doubt I'd be fit enough to do the whole trail now, but if I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

We are about 60 and in really good shape. We hike often, everywhere. This was a wonderful challenge! We went up the switch back side. Where the boulders were much taller then me,and worn smooth from many hikers, I did have some difficulty with traction. Some of those areas just look for another route close by or have another person... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

If you lean more to a more daring, adventurous hike, this is the trail to take! The huge rocks are challenging to climb. I suggest to bring small backpacks as there are tight squeeze areas that are harder to maneuver with one. We were smart enough to bring trekking poles because the climb down was more difficult. That was a... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Exhilarating hike. The rock scramble is exactly that. Not for a novice. Views are tremendous! Would hike this again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

It is more of the more challenging hikes in the park. Some rock scrambling. Great views. Can be crowded. Make sure you know where you are going to park. Parking can be an issue and one of the lots (at the end of the Weakley Hollow Fire Road) was closed last time I was there. Talking to someone in the... More 

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Sussex, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We hiked part of the AT in the Shenandoah National Park. In some areas it isn't that well marked. We had to use our cell phones to make sure we were still on the AT. However, it was a great experience that we'd do again!

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Lewes, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Did this hike several years ag0-It is great if you are in shape-I did it at 68. The last mile, the Rock Scramble, is a great adventure. This is the premier hike in Shenandoah National Park. Not for the feint of heart or those really out of shape. Take plenty of water, don't have a real big backpack-gets in the... More 

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