Trail Run Project Logo

Bear Wallow-Massanutten Trail Loop

Difficult
 3.9 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A rocky and moderately difficult run.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

8.7

Miles

14.0

KM

86%

Runnable

2,408' 734 m

High

787' 240 m

Low

1,663' 507 m

Up

1,678' 512 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Hunting is legal here in late fall.

Overview

A great but rocky route with nice camping, awesome views, and tasty spring-fed water.

Need to Know

Spring at mile 9 and a few creeks near the start of the trail.

Mountain bikers also use the first part of the run.

Runner Notes

Too rocky on back half for running.

Description

The first 4-5 miles are uphill and actually not bad in terms of difficulty. There are creeks both at the beginning and end of the run for water. Near the end of the run is a spring right off the trail. It is a "developed" spring with a PVC pipe. Easy to fill water bladders, but use a filter. The water was cool and didn't taste of iron or sulfur.

Along this run, you'll pass several backcountry camp sites suitable for 3-4 tents. They are also very nicely setup for hammock camping. Each site has a fire ring. There were at least ten we passed along the way.

Prepare for a handful of good views out over the valley mostly on the back half of the trail. In all, this is a nice route. However, beware that it is extremely rocky on the back half. In addition, the back half is also getting a bit overgrown with vegetation and the trail is quite narrow in spots.

Flora & Fauna

Watch for poison ivy on Meneka Peak Trail. Berry bushes were all picked clean already.

Plentiful birds. Saw some lizards but no snakes (though the terrain is perfect for them - so look where you step).

Contacts

Shared By:

Paul S

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 8 votes

#2

in Strasburg

#3146

Overall
  3.9 from 8 votes
5 Star
13%
4 Star
63%
3 Star
25%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Recommended Route Rankings

#2

in Strasburg

#97

in Virginia

#3,146

Overall
30 Views Last Month
1,713 Since Jul 28, 2018
Difficult

0%
0%
0%
14%
86%
0%

Photos

The Signal Knob section of the Massanutten Trail loop.
Jul 7, 2017 near Strasburg, VA

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
All Clear 56 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Sep 21, 2019
Michael F
Saw a copper head and a rattle snake! Be careful folks. Beautiful trail though! 12.9mi — 4h 10m
Nov 2, 2018
Colt Lawson
Saw a bear!!! 4.5mi