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4.1 mls NA
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4 hours plus a half hour for lunch
1,035 ft
George Washington National Forest
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Wolf Gap Recreation Area and parking area
The Mill mountain trail starts near campsite #9. 38.92404, -78.68949

Big Schloss is another treasure in the George Washington National Forest. Relatively easy at only 4.4 miles and 1,000 vertical feet, it's the sister hike to Tibbet Knob which heads to the south from the same parking location. Tibbet Knob has two short rock scrabbles, but a 10th of the hikers, and just as good views.

Big Schloss peak, named by German immigrants provides a wonderful view of the surrounding valleys. Make sure to bring a packed lunch because you will want to linger at the Big Schloss rock outcropping and soak in the view.

If you want to make a weekend out of it, the Wolf Gap recreation area has 9 well maintained campsites with bathroom facilities. If you have some extra hiking time consider hiking the Tibbet Knob route as well. The views are every bit as good.

Mile 0.0 - Leave the Wolf Gap Campground (near campsite #9) and start up the orange blazed Mill Mountain Trail to begin the steepest portion of the hike. The first mile has several switch backs before arriving at the ridge line of Mill Mountain.

Once getting to the ridge line, turn left and continue following the now narrower trail as it follows the ridge before arriving at the junction of the Big Schloss Trail in 1.9 miles.

Turn right onto the white blazed Big Schloss Trail for another 0.3 miles before crossing a wooden bridge that will take you to the overlook just 50 yards further along. Enjoy the view it's one of the best! To return, just retrace your route back to the Wolf gap Campground.
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Hiker Reviews For The Big Schloss Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: jack Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, November 16, 2014
great hike with great views at the summit, today was quite cold though, very windy at the summit, crowds were not an issue today, saw only three other groups however, this hike does NOT take four hours, rather a little over a hour to get up there and a little less than a hour to get back

By: Rachel Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, October 05, 2014
Great hike and perfect weather. Fantastic views and a fun hike along the ridgeline. Perfect way to spend an early fall day. Great family hike. Will definitely do this one again. I found using GPS longitude/latitude to be the easiest navigational tool. The road was a bit twisty and the directions were a skosh confusing. Enjoy the trail and bring a camera!!

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, October 04, 2014
the Wolf Gap trail head, is not too far from the exit on I-81 (~15min) The hike was a clear 50degree day with 10-15mph wind gusts. Took my 7yo and 5yo daugters and my 80lb Labradoodle, and they loved it... the first steep accent is short lived to a wonderful mid hike view to the east. great time for a pit-stop. the hike along the ridge to Big Schloss is littered with overlooks. Approaching the summit, to the left, there is a camp site in a "cave" of sorts with a rock formation sheltering 2 sides of it, appeared to be no water, but had a rock fire ring. to the right, just before the bridge is a smaller campsite (2p small tent) with a amazing view to the east (I will be back for this one). The summit is gorgeous, the girls loved it, and dispite some others concers about dogs able to make it to the summit, my dog had no trouble getting over the bridge and to many of the overlooks, the highest point (with the 360 view) req a bit of scrambling, and my furry friend needed a bit of help. We stayed the evening at the campsites (FYI there is a large field with day-use tables and grills, I almost set up camp there. The water source was still damaged(vandalized) so no water source at this time.) the actual sites are well spaced and flat pad was present, the privy appeared well maintained. Overall the hike is great, definitely recommended.

By: kesners Rating: Date of Hike: Monday, September 01, 2014
I took my family and some friends on this hike today. It was a real enjoyable hike for all of us. We really enjoyed the view from Big Schloss.

By: aldikuma Rating: Date of Hike: Thursday, August 07, 2014
Wow, the views are so beautiful! An easy trail, too. A lot of people along the way, but I can see why. Would love to camp this sometime and watch the sunset and sunrise from the end. Tibbet Knob (the other direction from the parking lot) is very much worth it, too.

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