Signal Knob 10.5-Mile Full Moon Hike & Lucky Star Lounge

According to Hiking Upward "The Signal Knob hike, in the George Washington National Forest, boasts some of the best vistas we have seen in Northern Virginia. Situated 8 miles west of Front Royal, it takes approximately 1.5 hrs to get there from the metro Washington area." This is a Difficulty Level 4 (out of 5) hike with Level 5 views. But the best part is that we will be taking in the views at night. You read that right! The full moon is one day earlier on June 13th but we will have more than enough moonlight for our hike. We will start in daylight and time it so we arrive at the Signal Knob overlook at night. Below us will be the town of Strasburg lit up in all its glory. Then we will pass several additional overlooks over the last 3 miles. This is a loop hike.

Above - Buzzard Rock Overlook.  Photo taken in Sep 2013.

Above - Signal Knob.  Photo taken in Dec 2013.  We will hike to the tower and see the town of Strasburg below us at night.

Above - The largest of several stream crossings.  Photo taken in Dec 2013.  A set of poles for balance helps.  I will scout the hike in advance to be sure this stream can be crossed.  If water level is an issue then we will hike a 9-mile out and back instead of doing the loop.  Either way, the views will be great!

Our carpool location will be the Centerville Park & Ride at 4:00 PM. The hike will begin at 5:30 PM.  Depending upon fitness of the group this hike will take approximately 5-6 hours.   Afterwards, everyone is invited to the Lucky Star Lounge in Front Royal.  This is an English-style pub with great food and microbrews and one of my favorite pubs in the region.

Lucky Star Lounge, 205 E. Main St., Front Royal, VA 22630  (540)[masked]

DETAILS:

Hiking Distance: 10.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 2680'

Hiking Pace: Moderate (2 miles per hour)

Trail Terrain: dirt trail, rocky trail, gravel road, stream crossings

Difficulty: Hiking Upward Difficulty Rating = 4 out of 5

What to Bring: Wear hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers and bring a pack with snacks, extra layers, basic first aid supplies, extra socks, and plenty of water. Because this is a night hike everyone should have a headlamp, which can be purchased from places like Walmart for about $10-15. Hiking poles will help with the several stream crossings. Trail maps and driving directions will be provided at the carpool site.

Organizer will provide: Limited first aid supplies, trail maps, directions.

Carpool Location: Centerville Park & Ride at 4:00 PM.

Fees: $5 per person to carpool driver assuming a full carload.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope you enjoyed the hike guys!

    June 14

  • Tony

    I am on my way to the park-and-ride but traffic is awful. I may and up meeting at the trailhead. If I'm not there just start without me.

    June 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this hike starting at 3 or 5? i work weekends and would love to join, but 3 is much too early for me..

    June 11

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for mentioning the time discrepancy. I thought I had fixed that. I've updated the start time to be 5:30 PM. That is when we will meet at the trailhead and begin the hike.

      June 12

  • Karla M.

    Is anybody meeting in MD to carpool ???

    June 9

    • Tony

      Karla, I'm coming from Md so we might be able to work something out. I live in Columbia.

      June 11

  • Laurie

    Anybody want to meet at Marshall exit on Rt 66 for carpool?

    June 10

  • Suki

    Sorry, have to pull out! Have to mollify a client in Dubai!

    June 10

  • Catorra

    Sorry to bail, massive need at work that day. :(

    June 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm headed to Lucky Star after 3 Falls hike on Saturday, so may see you there.

    June 9

  • Josh H.

    I'm running a 5k in Richmond, so I have to cancel. Have fun!

    June 1

    • A former member
      A former member

      No problem. Good luck with the race.

      June 3

  • Jen

    I would love to do this hike but signed up for a day one after getting on the waitlist here. Making way for the next on the list...

    June 1

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good - thanks for the status Jen

      June 3

  • Carol S.

    My son is graduating from high school that morning; I can't believe I forgot that when I signed up!

    1 · June 2

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's great Carol. It's a once in a lifetime event. Enjoy!

      1 · June 3

  • Joy S.

    Was this rescheduled for June or am I seeing stuff?

    February 16, 2014

    • Catorra

      Jim I don't think people check their emails. :/

      February 17, 2014

    • Joy S.

      I do, but I didn't get it. It's cool!

      February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just finished scouting this hike tonight. About 50% of trail was covered by frozen snow. Stream crossings were easy. Took me 4 hours to complete. Now must wait on weather to see if we need to postpone.

    February 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah weather is the weather, but if you have an experienced group and the right equipment, this trail can be hiked even after a winter storm (i.e. March 2013 after 24 inch snowstorm) provided you can get to the trailhead.

      February 11, 2014

  • Jay

    I'm seeing 6-12 inches on Thursday. Get to break in my new micro-spikes.

    February 10, 2014

  • Catorra

    hey I am bringing my cousin with me on this hike

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Easy Stream crossings Jan 31, 2-4 inches of snow most of the trail, Hiking time 4 hours but I was trail running the last 4 miles

    January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm trying set up a baby sitter. Will update if I can't make it

    January 24, 2014

  • Laurie

    I have always wanted to hike at night during a full moon! This will be fun!

    2 · January 6, 2014

  • Jay

    there is no way i miss this. I love lucky star. Great food, a crazy beer selection and the live music is awesome every night.

    January 5, 2014

  • Catorra

    oh I cant wait!!!

    January 5, 2014

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