“Challenging climb and hike-a-bike to panoramic views of Wolf Gap area.”
— Barry Croker
While not quite as spectacular as Big Schloss, Tibbet Knob rewards those who reach its summit with a spectacular, 270-degree panoramic view of Wolf Gap and Wardensville, WV. The first two-thrids of the climb are much less rocky than other trails in the surrounding area, however only those with the savviest climbing legs will conquer the steepness of the pitches. The last third of the trail is impassable by bike (either shoulder your steed or stash it in the bushes before ascending the final two pitches on foot). Whatever mode you choose, the views at the top will be worth it.
Starting at the Wolf Gap campground, head south gradually uphill following yellow blazes through a primitive campground. The trail will steeply increase upwards until it reaches the first ridge, about 0.5 miles in. Roll along the ridge and enjoy views of the Massanutten Mountain to the east.
The trail will descend the next 0.5 miles into West Virginia, then upwards along narrow, steep singletrack. Stay left at the switchback as the trail increases in steepness but is relatively non-technical. Just when you think it couldn't get any steeper, the climb will level out slightly at a mandatory hand-over-hand hike-a-bike climb.
If you don't want to climb with your bike, find a place in the bushes to park and proceed on foot. Otherwise, sling your bike on your back and proceed with caution!
If you're brave enough to climb the first pitch, pick your way through the rocks uphill again to the second hike-a-bike pitch (this one slightly longer and chunkier). If you've made it this far, your reward is near. One more short push and you'll reach the semi-treed summit and enjoy a spectacular panorama.
The trail continues south through an awesome summit campsite, then descends more gradually before ending at a small trailhead/parking lot on Judge Rye Road.