George Washington National Forest! A Strenuous 9.2 Mile Kennedy Peak Loop!
If you are a “Sweeping View” kind of hiker this one is for you: a 9.2 mile circuit hike on Massanutten Mountain. There are views as you both ascend and descend the ridge as well as at the focal point of the hike, Kennedy Peak. From there you get an unobstructed view of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains to the east. On a clear day you can almost see Front Royal to the north. The main difficulties are the 1100 foot elevation gain over 2.5 miles as you climb from the valley to the peak itself.
This hike will be led at a moderate pace which is that of an average hiker which is about 2.5 mph.
Activity Type: Hiking
Time to Hike: 6 hours
Nearby City: Luray, VA
Length: 9.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: 2,500ft
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Strenuous
We hike rain, snow or shine! Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.
There are 2 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for informationand directions to the Centerville location. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for directions to the trailhead
Hike is at 9:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Savage is 6:15 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Centerville is 7:00 a.m.
Fido is welcome on this hike with leaders permission only due to the hikes difficulty.
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
See you there and please take my number with you just in case...