Duncan Knob via Massanutten Trail

1 review #17 hike out of 78 in
12.1 mi
6 hrs 53 min
1,382 ft
Elev Gain


This is a difficult loop trail in George Washington National Forest - Lee district.

This trail goes by Duncan Knob.

Sights to See

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    3 years, 7 months ago
    This would have been a lovely, moderately difficult hike any other times, but the amount of rain we've had all summer turned the trails into streams. Of the 13 miles I registered, I'd say 10 of them were flooded with running water. While mostly shallow, probably 1-3 inches, there were some sections where I was in up to my knees in mud and muck. It was literally like walking through a creek. Fun at first but it got old. Otherwise the trail seemed like it would normally be quite nice. You walk along the stream for the first part of it and the water is a good backdrop. Slow and steady incline, nothing too terrible. Once you get up towards Middle Mountain it gets rocky but otherwise the trail is mostly packed dirt and mud (that I could tell). Views aren't great with the foliage up. Bunch of nice looking campsites every 3-4 miles too.
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Public Tracks

alistairhastings 1 year, 8 months ago
Duncan Knob Lollipop
Day 1: Begin at the Kennedy Peak gravel parking lot off of Rt. 675 just past/before Camp Roosevelt NF Campground. Hike south along the Massanutten Trail (Orange Blaze) to a nice campsite (just across the stream) at the junction of Gap Creek Trail (Blue). Camp Here Day 1 - 3.3 miles Day 2: Head northwest up the Gap Creek Trail. Gap Creek Intersects with Duncan Knob Summit trail at +0.7miles. Ascend +0.3 miles to the summit. Once you have summited, return +0.3 miles and continue on Gap Creek Trail (Blue) for +0.2 miles until the intersection with Scothorn Gap Trail (Yellow). Hike southwest (left) on the Scothorn Gap Trail for +1.6 miles until it intersects with the Massanutten Trial (Orange) and turn left (uphill) and ascend Middle Mountain. At +0.6 miles, turn onto the Stickler Knob Spur Trail (Pink). Follow this trail (rock scrambles) for +0.7 miles till you reach the terminus and some AMAZING views of the South Fork Shenandoah River. Return to the Massanutten Trail (+0.7 miles) and continue (right) to descend from Middle Mountain along the Massanutten Trial (Orange) for +2.1 miles to your same campsite. Day 2 mileage - 7.2 miles Day 3: Return to the parking lot by retracing the day 1 route along the Massanutten Trail (Orange) for 3.2 miles. Total Trip Miles: 13.6 Miles Warnings the 3.2 miles at the beginning may have a junction that leads you onto the Duncan Hollow Road roughly at mile 0.8 when hiking southward.
mgundel 1 year, 1 month ago
Untitled Route
Duncan lollipop loop
ehopkins99 1 year, 9 months ago