North Marshall Mountain

Went snooping on North Marshall Mountain in the Shenandoah Mountains on Tuesday. A nice out-and-back 6.2-mile hike, easy to moderate difficulty except for the 1,000-foot elevation gain, and lots of solitude. (Except black bears – two adults and two cubs!) Unfortunately, there’s no ‘payoff’ vista at the summit due to foliage, so I’ll have to save this hike for group use until late Autumn or Winter, when the leaves have fallen.

A Google map of the route is here, but your mileage may vary, as they say (mine did). There is room for about 15 cars in Jenkins Gap parking lot, plus a few more at the adjacent overlook. The image used to make the topographical map is from Topoquest, here.

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3 Responses to North Marshall Mountain

  1. What a beautiful area it is! Lovely shots.
    I have not been to the Shenandoah mountains since last year (didn’t see any bears).
    It’s not that far. I should wander out there again……

    • John M says:

      Thanks for the nice comment! It is quite a treasure, although the distance and park fee ($15 per car) can be discouraging. I can’t help with the distance, but this coming Sunday, August 25, is the birthday of the National Park Service, so entrance to all national parks is free! More details here: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
      Hope you have a chance to visit, and maybe even see a bear!

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