Signal Knob - Meneka Peak - Bear Wallow Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,752' 534 m
Descent: -1,746' -532 m
High: 2,408' 734 m
Low: 771' 235 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A classic Massanutten rock crawling loop with a great descent.”— Barry Croker
The trail starts promptly uphill along a narrow, bumpy singletrack lined with baby-heads. The trail will continue gradually uphill through several more challenging rock gardens until the first lookout, where the trail will take a sharp left turn uphill.
This next section will increase in difficulty through two more rock gardens until a gradual right turn at the Fort Valley Overlook. The third section is the most challenging, with multiple extended rock gardens requiring strenuous, large moves. After the third section, the trail will flatten out slightly along a ridge, before one last uphill stretch to the intersection with the Meneka Peak Trail on your left.
Continue up towards Meneka Peak, smooth at first and then rockier with one or two uphill wall sections, until the peak with an overlook of the valley is to your left. Then take the bumpy descent down to the t intersection with the Blue Tuscarora - Bear Wallow Trail #405.2. Now comes the reward!
Follow the blue blazes to the left down Bear Wallow. There are several large, challenging moves at first, which will then give way to faster, more flowing sections. About a third of the way, the trail will pitch up for a few hundred yards before heading down again.
Stay left at all trail intersections on the descent, heading slightly uphill before the ridge and stream crossing. Lower Bear Wallow will traverse then climb prior to the last descent along a newly-built section with banked corners and fast lines, before ending up at the Signal Knob parking lot.
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