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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
10.6 mls
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2 Day backpack or 6 hours total
2,120 ft
George Washington National Forest
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Turn onto the gravel road off Trout Run Road and park at the top of the loop.
   39.01431, -78.66388

Halfmoon Mountain has spectacular views of Trout Run Valley, Big Schloss and Tibbet Knob, as well as a great campsites at the summit of Halfmoon Mountain and along Halfmoon Run. Although this hike has become more popular in recent years, there are still hidden gems to be had. Most hikers will take in the panoramic views from the fire tower then head back down, but go a little further past the campsite in the saddle and in 75 yards is a view equal to the first with a larger rock outcrop. Camp at the saddle and it's likely to be all yours for the sunset.

There are two options for enjoying the fantastic views and camping on Halfmoon Mountain:

  1. Follow our directions for the two day 10.5 mile backpack or as a long day hike.
  2. Don't have time for the standard route? Park at the Halfmoon Mountain trailhead off VA23/10 Trout Run Road 38.98936, -78.65707. This will make for a shorter 6.5 mile hike up the Halfmoon Mountain Trail to the ridge and intersection of the Halfmoon Mountain Overlook Trail, then to the overlook, and back down the same way.
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Hiker Reviews For The Halfmoon Mountain Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Brandon F Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Wow finally saw the official H1KEUP vehicle after many years (I was the orange Jeep). I almost feel like the solitude should be a 4 because this past Sunday was beautiful, and only 3 cars total were in the parking area at 1030am, and only 2 at 1pm (sorry I'm a little fast...). Extra credit for this hike is to continue south on the Halfmoon Trail to the Tuscarora/Pond Run trail for 1/2 mile, turn R and through the campsite at that intersection to a trail to an overlook looking at Halfmoon Mountain (see Sugar Knob hike). Many of the trails on this loop needs some painting love, the only good blazes I recall was the road portion of the Bucktail Trail.

HikingUpward: Brandon we do remember seeing your car! What an awesome weekend. We were backpacking the circuit Sat/Sun. Would give the solitude a 4, however many people opt for the shorter 6.5 out/back to Halfmoon and park at the Halfmoon trailhead.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, August 12, 2016
I hiked this again today. There was a lot of downed trees and parts of the trail were very overgrown. With the faded trail markers it was difficult to follow the trail at certain points. I do feel like maybe this should be a little higher difficulty, there is a long rocky uphill section that seems like it never ends. Even with the searching for the trail and the rocky uphill section I managed to finish this in 2 hours and 46 minutes. I was trying to run the whole thing but there were certain parts I was afraid of landing wrong on a rock and rolling my ankle. Definitely worth doing at least once

By: Allie Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, June 04, 2016
This is always a great hike. That uphill just doesn't quit though! It might work to hike it backward, but it that's your plan I recommend hiking poles to help save your knees on that downhill portion.

Note: when we were there in early June, the section of the hike on the pink trail on the map was heavy with ticks. Pulled dozens of them off our dogs, off ourselves. The only person who didn't get any was someone who treated his clothes with Premetherin ahead of time.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, April 15, 2016
I really enjoyed this hike. Normally I'm not a fan of walking forest roads but the sections of this hike that were on the forest road were really nice. The view at the top was great and had lots of nice outcroppings to sit on. The trail markers are faded and can be a little hard to see in some spots. Tons of nice camping spots but I did this as a day hike and it took me just under four hours.

By: aldikuma Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Second time on this hike (first time was a day hike) and I returned with my husband and dog to make it an easy one night backpacking trip. This is such a great hike with a little of everything. We camped at the summit (there are two campsites) and though it was pretty cold and windy, we were treated to an amazing sunset, bright full moon, and beautiful sunrise from the top. We saw no one on both days, though saw many bike tracks in the mud. The difficulty rating is accurate.

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