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Trayfoot/Blackrock Mountain Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

10.3

Miles

16.5

KM

84%

Runnable

3,370' 1,027 m

High

1,453' 443 m

Low

2,075' 633 m

Up

2,077' 633 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views

Overview

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

Runner Notes

I plan to return to run this trail, since it lends itself to it.

Description

You can choose to take this run 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.

Shared By:

Paul Karns

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  4.6 from 5 votes

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Beautiful view from the rocks at Blackrock Summit.
Jul 31, 2021 near Grottoes, VA
Shenandoah afternoon.
Oct 6, 2016 near Grottoes, VA
The talus slope on the AT.
May 13, 2016 near Grottoes, VA
Trail curving around talus slope at Blackrock Mountain summit area.
Jul 24, 2020 near Grottoes, VA
View north from Blackrock Mountain summit area.
Jul 24, 2020 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

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