So this is the 3rd trip I am planning to do this fall and wanted to share it with everybody else to see if they might be interested in going also. Me and DayGlow have done this hike before with heavy backpacks and out-of-shape legs, and it kicked our butts. We learned from our mistakes and we are ready for round two. Half of this hike is on the AT so expect to encounter rocky trails for the better half of it. It has some decent ascents and descents so expect this hike to be a bit challenging. The views are spectacular and plenty of water sources along the way. There is even an outhouse and day shelter at one of the camp site locations. I liked this hike so much, I plan to do this hike yearly. It is located in Jefferson National Forest and the trail head cords are: 37.90156, -78.98524
There is decent parking at the trailhead but this trail is busy so expect there to be others there taking up parking spaces. Best to get there before lunch or by lunch.
Here is the link to the Hike info: Three Ridges - Nellysford, Virginia
Trail Length: 14.4 miles, can be a bit rocky in places along the trail. Recommend hiking poles or staffs. Hikingupward.com rates trail difficulty 5 out of 6 but views to back it up with a rating of 5 out of 6 also. Well we look forward to seeing you on the trail. Hope yall can make it..
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These pictures below are some that I took last time I was there.
Some pictures of what to expect for the trail conditions.
This is the Tye River and is not part of the trail loop but can be visited by simply staying on the AT heading southwest towards Crabtree Falls Hwy
These pictures are linked from the hikingupward.com site.