George Washington National Forest (Lee Ranger District)
Duncan Knob and Strickler Knob with Rock Scrambles On Massanutten Mountain!
15 Strenuous Miles with Optional Meal
"The high point, literally and figuratively, of this hike is Duncan Knob, a rocky peak with an uninterrupted view, located along the ridge of Catback Mountain. The circuit begins in Crisman Hollow and climbs to Peach Orchard Gap. Before the trail begins to descend, a short easy scramble leads to Duncan Knob with exceptional views from its rocky ledges. From here the trail descends into Duncan Hollow where it follows the stream south, then turns to cross Middle Mountain."
This hike will be a moderate pace of about 2.5mph and the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. (most common pace).
Highlights: SOLITUDE, fun rock scramble, great view, shaded trail
Near: Edinburg, VA
Scenery: 4 out of 4 stars!
Distance: roughly 15 miles round trip
Hike Type: Circuit
Local Contacts: George Washington National Forest-Lee Ranger District (540)[masked]
Note to Hike Leaders Use Map: PATC G: Guide book "Circuit Hikes in VA, WV, MD, and PA, hike number 6. If you do not have this map and/or guide, contact Kellie and she will purchase them and have them sent to you.
Special Winter Requirement
Traction gear is a must in order to hike in the winter with our group on this hike for safety, and so we can hike all four seasons! The most dependable/reliable gear in our opinion is either Kahtoola Microspikes or STABILicers Originals. YakTrax brand (has springs) are highly discouraged due to accidents we have had with them breaking or "clogging" with ice/snow. Traction gear/ice cleats come in handy for getting the mail or walking the dog, in addition to any other outdoor activity where there is ice involved! You can run on the ice with them on and many runners do just that!
We hike rain, snow, or shine (Hence the special gear requirement). 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 Centreville Park and Ride. Click here for information and directions to the Centreville location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from any locations such as the DC area, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click here for suggested carpool locations complete with directions. 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 Where We Meet for This Hike
Hike is at 9:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 6:15 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 7:00 a.m.
Click here for suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.
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 and which 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.
Fido is ONLY welcome on this hike with Prior Permission of the Leader!
Let's have good times and please be sure to take the hike leaders numbers with you just in case