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Shawls Gap to High Peak

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Amazing views into two valleys from this ridge traverse.


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8.3

Miles

13.3

KM

Point to Point

2,147' 654 m

High

569' 174 m

Low

1,626' 495 m

Up

1,649' 503 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Well-marked climb to Shawls Gap, then south over High Peak along the ridge to Sherman's Gap. A quick descent to Panhandle Road followed by a mile and half along the road back to the trailhead.

Description

The trail after the gate (Shawl Gap Trail) at the parking lot follows a jeep road till the bottom of the mountain. Once you get into the woods proper the trail becomes singletrack with rock gardens and some steeper sections. At the top of the gap you'll turn south to climb up to High Peak.

After reaching the top of High Peak, follow the Massanutten Trail #408 along the ridge for a few miles. Enjoy the great views of the Shenandoah Valley to the left and Fort Valley to the right. This stretch is nice with some interesting side cut trail and stone stairs. You'll pass through some mountain top Laurel and Pine forest areas. Follow this to the Sherman Gap Trail intersection. Take a left to head down the mountain.

Sherman Gap Trail offers a nice and quick descent back to Panhandle Road. In the winter, which is when I did this, you'll have a great view of a horseshoe bend in the Shenandoah River. Once you hit Panhandle Road, take a left and follow back to the trailhead parking lot.

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Ridgetop view - Shenandoah Valley to right, Fort Valley to left.
Jan 3, 2021 near Strasburg, VA
View into Shenandoah Valley from the ridge.
Jan 3, 2021 near Strasburg, VA
Rock steps and side cut trail along the climb to High Peak.
Jan 3, 2021 near Front R…, VA
Start of trail just beyond the gate at the trailhead.
Jan 3, 2021 near Front R…, VA
End of Sherman Gap trail to Panhandle Road.
Jan 3, 2021 near Front R…, VA

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