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Buzzard Rocks Trail

Intermediate

Trail

3.9 mile 6.2 kilometer point to point
85% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,304' 398 m
Descent: -246' -75 m
High: 1,997' 609 m
Low: 693' 211 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Trail shared by Barry Croker

This trail has some burly moves and great views along a razors-edge singletrack.

Barry Croker

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Description

The Buzzard Rock trail runs along the northern-most tip of the eastern Massanutten ridge. The trail begins at a small parking lot off SR 619, just south of the fish hatchery. Note that this is a popular trail and the small lot often fills by mid-day on summer weekends.

From the parking lot, the trail climbs gradually upwards to the northern-most point, then turns south again more steeply up along the center of the ridge. Along the ridge, the trail becomes very narrow and rocky, with many difficult sections.

The ridge is primarily uphill heading south, finally leveling out near the summit, before a slight descent to the intersection with the Massanutten Trail.

Most people who run Buzzard Rock Trail do so from the south end after climbing up Shawl Gap. In this direction, most of the rough rock sections are downhill.

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Feb 3, 2019
Mary B
Very muddy with melting snow today. Also the parking lot was treacherously muddy and tough for a small car.
Nov 25, 2018
Abdiel Flores
Slow going at first with muddy trail conditions. Better trail conditions after first 1.5 miles. Ridge was treacherous and exciting on the way down. 7.4mi

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  4.2 from 12 votes

#2

in Strasburg

#5835

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#2

in Strasburg

#148

in Virginia

#5,835

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jagged rocks along the ridge
Sep 20, 2019 near Strasburg, VA

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