Backpacker Magazine Appalachian Trail: Doyles River Overlook to Pinefield Gap 

On this 8.8-mile hike, you’ll wind around Big Flat Mountain and gaze at Shenandoah peaks from Ivy Creek Overlook. Kodak moment: Take the side trip down Doyles River Trail to photograph several waterfalls.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 25 Jan 2008 6:28:42 PM
Activity: Backpacking
State: Virginia (VA)
Distance: 8.8 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2751 ft
Total Loss: 2442 ft
Net Change: 309 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Appalachian Trail, AT hikes in Virginia, AT in Shenandoah NP, Crozet, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, Waterfall Hikes
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Shelters: Pinefield Hut; sleeps 6.

TO TRAILHEAD: Start: From the Swift Run Gap Ranger Station on US 33 in Shenandoah National Park, take Skyline Dr. south 16.4 miles to Doyles River Overlook, on left.

End: From Boonesville, VA, head NW on Boonesville Rd for 1.1 miles and bear right on Mission Home Rd. In 2.7 miles turn left on Simmons Gap Rd. In 3.5 miles, turn left on Skyline Dr., and go 2.1 miles to trail crossing.

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Tracks

Doyles River Overlook to Pinefield Gap

Distance: 8.80 mi Points: 1110
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Doyles River Overlook to Pinefield Gap

Points of Interest

WPT005

Location: 38.290401, -78.642014
Pinefield Gap; SD 75.2

WPT006

Location: 38.291000, -78.644234
Follow blue blazes to reach Pinefield Hut

WPT007

Location: 38.290768, -78.646133
Pinefield Hut

WPT008

Location: 38.284882, -78.659119
Ivy Creek Overlook; SD 77.5

WPT009

Location: 38.280384, -78.661934
Views to the E of Ivy Creek

WPT010

Location: 38.275917, -78.664070
Views to the W

WPT011

Location: 38.272301, -78.661682
Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT012

Location: 38.270935, -78.658997
Stream and boulders

WPT013

Location: 38.266132, -78.653831
Side trail leads W to Ivy Creek Spring

WPT014

Location: 38.264935, -78.649635
Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT015

Location: 38.264450, -78.648949
Loft Mtn. to the N

WPT016

Location: 38.263100, -78.648270
Views to the ESE

WPT017

Location: 38.260883, -78.654320
Frazier Discover Trail to viewpoint

WPT018

Location: 38.260933, -78.654533
Viewpoint; views to the W

WPT019

Location: 38.260700, -78.654602
Loft Mtn.

WPT020

Location: 38.260315, -78.655952
Views to the W (180 degrees)

WPT021

Location: 38.260201, -78.655869
Side trail leads W to views

WPT022

Location: 38.259968, -78.655563
Frazier Discover Trail

WPT023

Location: 38.254650, -78.659630
Unmaintained road to camp store (no path)

WPT024

Location: 38.250217, -78.665802
Side trail heads W for 70 yds. to Loft Mtn. Campground

WPT025

Location: 38.244984, -78.668030
Leave trail, heading NW to campsite

WPT026

Location: 38.243885, -78.669800
Pass trail heading W to Loft Mtn. Campground

WPT027

Location: 38.245033, -78.673531
Views to the W

WPT028

Location: 38.248367, -78.673653
Trail leads W for .1 mi. to campground

WPT029

Location: 38.249882, -78.673233
Trail to amphitheatre

WPT030

Location: 38.254665, -78.678131
Views to the NNW

WPT031

Location: 38.254017, -78.682480
Doyles River Trail to Doyles River Cabin

WPT032

Location: 38.246731, -78.693993
Doyles River parking. Overlook with views to the S. SD 81.9


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