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.
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.
Little Passage Creek Hike Comments
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 28, 2018
Overall a pretty good hike - but note, when you map to the parking area, you should turn off of Boyer Road onto the fire road and keep driving the additional two miles, past the Powell's Fort Organization Camp (defunct) turnoff until you reach a gate that is closed. We turned off of Boyer Road, saw a gate, and because of the confusing points noted from the "Directions" that resulted from Google Maps, we added 2 miles walking on the fire road each way by parking at that junction, and wound up walking directly up the fire road most of the way directly to Signal Knob. We skipped the Menaka Peak and Tuscarora Trail pieces when we realized our mistake, as we hadn't brought enough water for a 14 mile hike.
The good news? A stunning view, and a hike that was moderately strenuous, but well-shaded for a hot summer day.
By:Nice long hike, good views
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 20, 2015
For a ten mile hike this wasn't too strenuous, even the ascent of Green Mountain wasn't too bad. There are a couple of decent overlooks along the ridge, but the real payoff is around the Signal Knob tower with a stunning vista view to the North. The fire road is a gravel paved road, so kind of tough on the feet if you don't have appropriate shoes. Parking is somewhat limited, but we had the trail largely to ourselves so no issue finding a place to park. Once you pass the reservoir there aren't any further opportunities to find water, so plan appropriately.
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Overall I enjoyed this hike quite a bit. The Forestry road section at the beginning was a little bit boring, but once I got to the Strasburg Reservoir, it became more interesting, and overall I quite enjoyed the whole hike. There are a lot of great campsites along the way!