|Sue S took this photo of trail riders in action.|
Sunday morning we packed up and took a short hike during the trip back. I chose a section of the Massanutten National Recreational Trail between Edith Gap and Kennedy Peak for the group. It is a pretty easy mountain trail, with only 1551 feet of altitude gain over 5.6 miles, and it has a huge payoff at the mid-point of the hike with a spectacular view.
We parked at the point where SR 675 crosses the crest of Massanutten at Edith Gap. SR 675 is the main route into Massanutten from Luray. Edith Gap claims to be a hang glider launch spot in the guidebooks, but I wonder when the last time anyplace outside of the Outer Banks has last seen a hang glider. I think that hang gliders have gone the way of "the Captain and Tennille," dying with the end of the 1970's. Edith Gap is at 1850 feet elevation, and its coordinates are N43.515 W30.598.
There is a parking area here that holds around 10 vehicles, and the trail follows an old road northeast across the road from the parking lot. Following this road for the first 1.5 miles gains you 310 feet in elevation before the roadbed ends, the trail takes a right turn, and the uphill starts in earnest.
|Heading south along on the Massanutten Trail on the slope of Kennedy Peak.|
|Near the summit, where a side spur leaves the main trail.|
|Group photo from the tower.|
|View from the tower looking east towards the Shenandoah River and Shenandoah National Park.|
|View from the tower looking south.|
PATC Difficulty Factor: 132.2
Total Distance: 5.6 miles
Total Time: 2 hours, 54 minutes
Starting Elevation: 1857 ft.
Low Point: 1857 ft.
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