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Blackrock Summit Loop

Intermediate
 4.4 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

One of the top short-distance loops in this area with a manageable climb for all ages and a rewarding view from the top.


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1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Loop

3,144' 958 m

High

2,950' 899 m

Low

219' 67 m

Up

206' 63 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views

Family Friendly Easy trails with optional scramble around the rocks at the top.

Overview

This loop hike really checks all the boxes for beginning hikers or folks looking for an easier outdoor experience without sacrificing what makes Shenandoah National Park so special. To be able to connect a handful of easy trails into a loop with a gradual climb and pretty impressive view from the top is why this hike has become a must-see. With that in mind, parking can be hard to find and you'll rarely find yourself alone on the trail or at the summit.

Need to Know

Beware of wasps along the trail. It can also be buggy, so long sleeves or bug spray can be helpful.

Description

Given that all these trails can be traveled in either direction, this loop can be reversed. Check out the elevation profile as the high point of the hike is actually on the Trayfoot Mountain Trail/Blackrock Hut Road to the southeast of Blackrock Summit.

This loop heads from the parking area off Skyline Drive in the counterclockwise direction, up the AT and down the Trayfoot Mountain Trail/Blackrock Hut Road. From the Blackrock Summit boulder field, this leaves a little more elevation gain to the highpoint.

Flora & Fauna

Songbirds, butterflies, snakes.

Contacts

Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 17 votes

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Photos

Shenandoah afternoon.
Oct 6, 2016 near Grottoes, VA
Beautiful view from the rocks at Blackrock Summit.
Jul 31, 2021 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

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Jul 1, 2022
Heather Roth
Beautiful view at the top! Lots of gorgeous rocks. 1.2mi
Jun 28, 2022
Ruoyou Zhang
Jun 25, 2022
Lauren Diaz
1.8mi
Sep 19, 2021
Will Heinle
University of Richmond Outdoors Club!
Sep 3, 2021
Mandy Chen
Will go
Aug 10, 2021
Susana Wong
23 minutes ascend. 17 minutes defend. Cool rock formations. Nice view. 1mi
Jul 31, 2021
J H
Started from Jones Run parking lot to make it a longer hike. Nothing challenging outside of climbing the rocks at the summit, which are optional. 2.9mi
Jul 24, 2021
Kim K