The Little Passage Creek Hike utilizes several sections of
other hikes in the Signal Knob area: Signal
Knob Hike, Meneka
Peak Hike, Mudhole
Gap Hike and Three
Top Mountain Hike. It's a nice day loop
that uses a large section of a FS (Forestry Service) road used
for the transmission tower on Signal Knob.
Start by passing the closed
gate and heading up the orange
blazed FS road that is part of Massanutten Trail. In 1.1 miles
cross Little Passage Creek then in another 0.9 miles orange blazed
Massanutten Trail will
turn left. At this point you can either
continue straight on the FS road or take the orange blazed Massanutten
Trail left. They both
meet on the other side of the reservoir in 0.6 miles.
After the trails meet and the FS road once again becomes the
orange blazed Massanutten Trail continue for 0.3 miles and arrive
at the intersection of the
blue blazed Tuscarora Trail.
Turn right on the blue blazed trail immediately crossing Little
Passage Creek and climbing Green Mountain, arriving at the ridge
and intersection of the
Meneka Peak Trail in 0.8 miles.
Turn left on the white blazed Meneka Peak Trail where
the ridge line gradually ascends then descends to meet
up with orange blazed Massanutten Trail in 1.0 mile.
Turn left on the orange blazed trail (also yellow blazed as
the Signal Knob Trail) winding around Green Mountain and passing
the transmission tower in 1.0 mile. Continue straight crossing
the FS road (this is the same FS road you followed up in the beginning
of the hike) and in 50 yards reach Signal Knob Lookout.
Return to the FS road turn
right downhill and in
1.3 miles arrive back at the intersection of the Tuscarora Trail
you took earlier. Continue straight on the orange blazed
FS road retracing your route and arriving back at the parking
area in another 2.0 miles.