|Elevation profile of Onemile Run Trail hike.|
We got to the Twomile overlook on the Skyline Drive and headed off on the trail by 8:10 AM. There was a wonderful breeze blowing on the Drive, but we knew it would end quickly! It was a short walk along the drive to the trailhead, then a steep drop. We started at 2812 feet and dropped to 1800 feet over just over a mile. First, the trail drops along a ridge, then it cuts sharply left at a point where topo maps show another trail continuing straight to the top of Twomile ridge. None of the trail maps show this, however. After the steep drop, we kept dropping more gradually, as we dropped off a ridge to the Onemile Run stream at 1.3 miles. This point is very visible on the elevation profile.
|Hiking along Onemile Run|
Reaching Onemile Run means that the stream crossings start. One account of this hike I read stated that there are twelve crossings each way, but I didn't keep count. From my perspective, the stream crossings ere great - they gave the dog an opportunity to keep hydrated. We made sure to stop at each crossing to see if the dog would drink from the stream.
At about the 3 mile mark, the trail strays away from Onemile Run and heads toward the SNP boundary. We only hiked as far as the boundary, even though the trail looks like it keeps going. Unfortunately, the PATC map and the ATC Shenandoah Guide both discourage proceeding, even though I've read accounts online of hikers continuing to Twomile Run, then hiking back into the park on the Twomile Run stream bed. After reaching the boundary, we turned around and retraced our steps.
Because we were down in the valley for the entire hike, there weren't any views to speak of. Neither were there any waterfalls along the trail. For this reason, I'd rate this hike below most others in the southern district of the park. It is a great workout, though, especially since all of the climbing is at the end of the hike.
|View of Onemile Run Valley from the parking lot at the beginning of the hike.|
Hike Details: Onemile Run
July 11, 2011
PATC Difficulty Factor 154.7
Total Altitude Gain 1617 feet
Total Distance 7.4 miles
Lowest point 1379 feet above sea level
Highest Point 2815 feet above sea level
Time: 3 hours, 52 minutes