George Washington Forest! Strickler Knob: 9 Mi w/ Rock Scramble!

  • March 8 · 9:00 AM
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George Washington National Forest: Strickler Knob! A Strenuous 9.5 Mile Hike with Rock Scramble!

Please note that this is not only a strenuous hike, but in the middle of the strenuous catagory and not appropriate for new hikers or hikers who have not hiked in a while.

Situated at the southern end of Massanutten Mountain near New Market Gap, Strickler Knob rises over 2000 feet above Luray Valley to its East. The summit offers incredible views of New Market Gap, Hawksbill, Stony Man, and Mary's Rock. The last quarter mile of the Strickler Knob Trail offers some short but exciting scrambling. Though the scrambling is not anything like Old Rag Mountain it does have one advantage over Old Rag and Bearfence. Crowds. You will want to wear hiking boots for this hike!

One of our leaders on a past hike had this to say about this fantastic trek with awesome views, " This is a great hike! You get started right away by dropping 1000 feet over a half a mile or so. The hike then begins to climb out of the valley and onto the ridge. The rock scramble up to Stricklers Knob is fun and challenging and the 360 degree view is amazing. It is a strenuous hike and hikers need to know to bring plenty of water (at least 2 liters per person) and to wear the right shoes. Sneakers or hiking shoes are not ok footwear for this hike in my opinion."

This is certainly not the most strenuous we hike, but also not the least. There is also a rock scramble with a reward of a vista offering an amazing 360 degree view! Note that there is one big hill at the end for a great leg workout with 1000 feet of elevation gain in 1/2 mile so it ends with a real butt kicker!

Click here to see pictures from a past hike on this trail.

Hike Pace
There is one pace for this hike which is that of an average hiker, about 2.0-2.5.

Trail Information

Nearby City: New Market
Length: 9.5 Miles
Trail Type: Loop
Area Type: Mountain/Rock
Activities: Hiking, Rock Scrambling
Average Time to Hike: 6-6.5 Hours Due to Elevation Changes and Rock Scrambling
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation: 2661 ft
Skill Level: Middle of the strenuous category, not the most strenuous we hike, but not the least. There is also a rock scramble with a reward of a vista offering an amazing 360 degree view! Note that there is one big hill at the end for a great leg workout with 1000 feet of elevation gain in 1/2 mile so it ends with a real butt kicker!

Trail Notes for Leaders

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!

Weather Information
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.

Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette

Click here to review our policies

Carpool Information
There are 3 carpools for this hike!
Savage Station Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Columbia area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.

DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for information and directions to the Centerville location.

Baltimore Area Carpool (Security Blvd. I-70 Park and Ride)
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at the Security Park and RideClick here for directions to where we meet for this carpool.

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 Where We Meet for This Hike.

Meetup Time is 9:00 a.m.

Carpool meetup time from Security Park and Ride is 5:30 a.m.

Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 5:30 a.m.

Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 6:30 a.m.

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 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 Welcome on this Hike only with leader approval due to hike difficulty!

Let's have good times and see you there!

Kevin: [masked]

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  • Ana

    Awesome "sneaker" hike! Haha I had to say it! Now, seriously, thanks for a great hike, Kevin, you rock! Lovely group of hikers, too!

    3 · March 8

    • Kevin Mahoney

      I know.. I know... I cannot believe I forgot my hiking boots and did that entire hike in sneakers (wet soggy sneakers at that!) .. It was still a lot of fun though. Thanks again for coming out! ;)

      1 · March 10

  • Bill Buchholz

    Great hike and a great group of hikers! Thank you Kevin for leading the pack!

    2 · March 8

  • Kiki

    Thanks Kevin for leading a great hike today, and thanks Greg for sweeping! Time for me to go to sleep now!

    3 · March 8

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Thank you everyone for coming out on a beautiful day with spectacular 360 views. A special thanks to Greg for sweeping.

    2 · March 8

  • Erik

    Thanks Kevin for a fantastic hike today and thanks to Greg for sweeping! What a great group of people today:)

    2 · March 8

  • Bill Buchholz

    I will also swing by the Centerville Park and Ride if someone needs a ride.

    March 7

  • jon landenburger

    I am afraid I need to cancel out. Gonna be a great weekend you all enjoy !

    March 7

  • Ana

    Is anyone going to centerville or Vienna north to form a carpool? I'd like to ride with someone

    March 6

    • Imran Latif

      I am coming to centerville parking.

      March 7

    • Ana

      Hi Kevin - I'd love to join you,guys. Could you pm me the address and time? Thanks!

      1 · March 7

  • Roger

    Is anyone interested in carpooling from Bethesda-Rockville at Grosvenor Metro? Please let me know. I am open to ride or drive. Thanks.

    March 5

    • Ana

      Hi Roger - don't know what roads you're taking if you drive, but if you're on 66, would you like to stop at Vienna north parking lot? I'll chip in for gas, of course

      March 6

    • Kevin Mahoney

      Ana, we can swing by Centerville lot if you still need a ride... Kevin

      March 7

  • Bill Yoder

    Afraid I have to cancel this weekend. Out of town dealing with a family issue.

    March 7

  • Imran Latif

    I will come to centerville parking!!!

    March 6

  • Kevin Mahoney

    A few things:
    1. Please no dogs on this hike. There is rock scrambling and ice and it will be dangerous for us never mind your favorite pet in the world.
    2. Even with the warmer temps coming on Sat, please bring your microspikes with you just in case. I have needed them the last couple of weeks.
    3. If you have not done a very strenuous hike before, please call me or email me the hikes that you have done in the past.
    4. This is a very beautiful hike with spectacular views on top of Strickler. We are hiking a "NON" maintained trail to Strickler Knob outlook so a little bushwacking may be involved. It will be fun!

    See you all out there. I will be coming from McLean and have one rider already. Let me know if anyone else needs a lift.

    March 5

    • Kiki

      Hi Kevin - can I catch a ride with you?

      March 5

  • Ben W

    You mention hiking shoes are not recommended for this hike. What type of footwear do you suggest? Thanks

    March 3

    • Kellie Carlisle

      Hiking Boots

      Hiking shoes and sneakers do not provide the support you will need on the rock scrambles and elevation changes in this hike.

      2 · March 4

  • Kelly P

    Can Buddy come?

    November 14

    • Bill Peters

      Do you know what part of the trail the skunk hangs out at?

      February 26

    • Cameron Diggs

      I'm not 100% but i believe it was on Scothorn Gap Trail about .25 mi south of the intersection with Gap Creek Trail

      1 · February 26

  • Debbie325

    How would you compare this to Bearfence Mountain off Skyline Dr. in terms of difficulty?

    February 25

    • Bill Peters

      It's not a huge jumble of massive boulders the way Bear Fence is. But there are two challenges at the end that are more like Old Rag. If anyone has difficulty, hikers are always eager to help others out.

      February 26

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