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“great view after the effort!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bearfence Mountain

Bearfence Mountain
Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“great view after the effort!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

There is a portion over rocks that needs to be traversed carefully and when the rocks are dry; but the view at the top is great. Young kids seem to bounce along easily; an older person in decent shape can make it up. Someone who had a hip replacement was not able to make it up. The young hikers seem to find it fairly easy and of course taller people with a longer reach seem to find this easier. There are places where you have to find a spot for your foot, hold on while you find the next spot to place your foot. It is easier to have a person help pull you up in one spot. The top is not a platform, but rather just the natural rock, so no hand rail; but a gorgeous 360 view and sense of accomplishmet. It took us under 2 hrs. for the round trip from the Bearfence mtn parking.

Visited October 2012
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Portsmouth, VA
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“Short Hike Yet Challenging Rock Climbing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

On our last day at Massanuttten, we wanted to go a quick hike before the long car trip home. We did a quick search on Tripadvisor and stumbled upon Bearfence Mountain. All the reviews are quite accurate. We've gone on several hikes throughout our years visiting the mountains and this is by far the most scenic view you could find. Once to the top, a 360 degree scenic view awaits you. Mind you, you have to climb a few rocks to get there, but it is well worth it. If you hike the trail and come to the rocks, don't stop there. Follow the blue makers over the rocks and keep climbing until you get to the top. You will be glad you did. If you are not sure footed, don't try the hike with the rock scrabbles as they will be too treacherous for you. If you are sure footed, go for it. No hiking experience required. There are times you might have to pull yourself up, but at 53, I didn't have any problems. The 1.2 mike hike took us about 1 - 1.5 hours to complete. Access to the hike located at milepost 57 (if I recall correctly) is through the Skyline Drive.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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“fun with rocks; excellent view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

For most of the five hundred plus miles of hiking trails in Shenandoah NP, you will be walking among woods. This one is different. If you enjoy rock scrambling, you should definitely check this out. Short and sweet; round trip less than two miles with excellent views.

Hiked up on a sunny Saturday morning in September. We were probably the first people out there at 7:30 am; stayed among the boulders until 10:30 am and saw only five other hikers. Peaceful & quiet.

You start the trail by walking across the Skyline Drive from the Bearfence parking lot into the woods, but very soon you will see rocks. Though the rocks are not difficult to navigate, eventually you will have to use your hands. This is a class two scrambling, so you'll be exposed to the height (albeit very briefly) along the scrambling path. The exposure only adds to the excitement.

Once we reached the view point, the view of the rolling hills in both directions is excellent. I decided to stop here and manually create a time-lapse of the expanding sea of clouds. Very rewarding experience.

If you enjoyed this hike, should also check out the longer rocky hikes, like the Old Rag (8 miles rt), and the Stony Man mountains (+little Stony Man to make it 5 mile r/t) .

P.S. My hiking guide book says that the view point has a better view than the summit.

Visited September 2012
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No. California
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“Great, quick hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We really had a great time on this hike. It could be crowded on a weekend, because there were a fair number of folks even on a weekday, but it was worth the fun of the rock scrambling and the views. We were even able to get a 2nd hike in a little later in the day.

Visited August 2012
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Oswego, New York
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“A night to remember”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We climbed this superb peak at midnight! The rock scramble was as challenging as exciting!Although clouds blew in fast and rains came the adrenaline was pumping . Went from sweet dry rock crags to wet and slippery fast. the hike itself is short and sweet and the peak is ever rewarding. A must visit if your in Shenandoah

Visited August 2012
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