The Ingals Overlook hike is a quick out and back teardrop hike along the ridge of Bonner Mountain just east of Warm Springs VA, and starts at Ingals Overlook on VA39. The hike is a nice add-on if you are already hiking one of the longer routes in the area such as Lake Moomaw, Blue Suck Falls, or Beards Mount.
To be fair, the vista from the Ingals Overlook parking area is probably better than any of the three main views you have along the hike as Ingals Overlook has been cleared of any tree obstructions. However, the hike is still well worth the walk, with flora informational signs, as well as overlook benches among others.
The first 0.4 miles is the steepest of the hike passing a view to the east, then descending through a small saddle at 0.8 miles. The trail will continue for another 150 yards to the hike teardrop junction. Follow the blue blazed trail to the right as it makes a short climb to the ridge, then passes two more overlooks to the west before looping back to the south in 0.1 miles.
From turning back to the south shortly pass the ridge intersection you took earlier, then continue the 0.8 miles back to the Ingals Overlook parking area.
Ingals Overlook Hike Comments
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Did this hike on a break returning home from a work trip. Nice hike - didn't see anyone on the trail. Trail was well maintained up until the last portion at which point the trail became overgrown with some spots of poison ivy. The view was well worth it and, with better trail maintenance at the end, this would have gotten a better review. Nice hike if you don't have a lot of time and want a break from the road. We have a short video on this hike on our YouTube Channel "Ott Mountain" if you wanna check it out. Cheers! https://youtu.be/3U4Jg9nXjck