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Little Devil Stairs with AT Loop

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 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Combines a segment of the AT with connector trails and Little Devils Stairs Trail for a more substantial day hike.


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12.4

Miles

19.9

KM

Loop

3,455' 1,053 m

High

1,270' 387 m

Low

2,420' 738 m

Up

2,384' 727 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Overview

Combines several viewpoints on the AT (Sugarloaf, Hogback, Little Hogback) with the Devil's stair loop to form a longer loop.

Description

Because of the steep grade, the first two miles of the Little Devils Stairs Trail hike in the Shenandoah National Park can be tough if the day is warm. The best time to do this hike is the early spring when water levels are at a peak, making the numerous waterfalls along Keiser Run that much nicer. At one point, the trail even passes through a small set of falls. Enjoy spectacular views of either side of the gorge as the Little Devis Stairs trail gets closer to the top of the gorge.

The section on the Piney Branch Trail is tough if there has been considerable rainfall. That being said, this is a lovely trail through the woods with no distant views but following the Piney River. Along the trail, there are at least two small waterfalls and a number of pools and cascades to explore.

The trail gradually descends heading along the forested canyon floor and has been relocated to avoid a few stream crossings. There will be at least two crossings before reaching the junction with the Hull School Trail.

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Shared By:

Nick Leiby

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Couldn't walk for a couple of days afterwards but boy was it worth every step! - October 2010
Mar 30, 2016 near Washington, VA
Keyser Run, Little Devils Stairs. with permission from rootboy
Apr 11, 2016 near Washington, VA
Bolen Cemetery, Keyser Run Firetrail, Shenadoah Natl Park
May 12, 2022 near Washington, VA
A view looking back down Little Devil's Stairs and the rest of my group coming up. So much beauty and challenge in one trail.
May 30, 2017 near Washington, VA
After making it to the top of Little Devils Staircase Trail we took the Keyser Run Road down and got to see this amazing view
Jul 4, 2016 near Washington, VA
Little Devil's Staircase, Shenandoah National Park
May 12, 2022 near Washington, VA

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