Where: Big Schloss is within the George Washington National Forest and sits along the border between Virginia and West Virginia. This hike features a panoramic view over Trout Run Valley and should be a fantastic sunset! The hike uphill is a short, steep incline, followed by a few moderate to mild sections. The trail is also rocky and rooty in places. Sunset is at 7:20PM with twilight until 7:46PM. We'll leave the parking lot at 5:45PM sharp to give ourselves plenty of time to reach the summit.
Additional Activities: Camping opportunity Friday and Saturday night. Tibbit Knob hike on Saturday afternoon. Big Schloss hike again on Saturday evening.
Signing up for the hike does not guarantee that you will have a camping spot. There are 10 spots first come first serve in the campground. There are also a few spots you can hike to on the trail. If you plan on camping I would advise you to come early on Friday if possible. I plan on camping Friday and Saturday nights, arriving around noon on Friday.
Make sure you know the rules and regulations of the campground:
Wolf Gap Campground
- Primitive - I plan on camping Friday and Saturday nights. There is no water, but there are pit toilets. Leashes are required in the campground.
Trail Type: Out and back
Distance: 4.1-miles total
Difficulty: Medium (see our Trail Rating System for more details)
Hiking Time:[masked] hours (including sunset time)
Facilities: Pit toilets at trailhead, campsites available
Restrictions: Off leash opportunity (see off leash guidelines); dogs must be leashed in the campground, but can be off on the trail
What to Bring: We lucked out that is also a 99% full moon, so we should have lots of light getting down the from the knob. You should bring flashlights or headlamps with fresh batteries, appropriate clothing and footwear for winter weather, poo bags, plenty of water for you and your dog, and a camera!!
Weather: Will cancel for rainy/completely overcast conditions.
Additional Activities: This hike follows our Tibbit Knob hike earlier that day, you can sign up for one or both. Also, for anyone who would like, we can have a cook out following the 2nd hike at Wolf Gap Campground. I am going up Friday night, and plan on staying both Friday and Saturday. Spots are first come/first serve, so I recommend coming on Friday if you want a spot. Even if you aren't staying overnight, you are welcome to hang out for a little while after the hike.
Directions: For customized driving directions, follow this link to the hiking upward site. You can get google directions and see pictures of the parking area.