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Ashby Hollow - Mt Weathers, Virginia

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
6.4 mls
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Elev. Gain:
2.5 hours plus a half hour for lunch
2,005 ft
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Important 2018 Note: You can no longer park on Morgans Mill Rd. VA605 where the Appalachian Trail crosses. Three are No Parking signs on either side of the road and reports indicate if you do park there you can receive a ticket or potentially be towed.

One of several out/back day hikes along this section of the Appalachian Trail. This 6.4 mile hike passes through several small hollows, unique different rock formations, as well as two mountain streams. The first stream, Ashby Hollow, has a wooden footbridge as well as several nice camp sites. This part of the Appalachian Trail (AT) is affectionately known as the "Roller Coaster" as you can tell from the hike profile. The AT descends and climbs several hollows and small ridges as it passes between Route 50 and Rt 7.

  • Mile 0.0 - From the parking area on Morgans Mill Rd. start downhill/south on the AT as it winds down to the largest stream in Ashby Hollow and nice camping area in 0.5 miles. Crossing the stream is a large wooden footbridge.
  • Mile 0.5 - Immediately after crossing the footbridge turn right and then cross a gravel road where the AT begins to climb Piney Ridge.
  • Mile 1.4 - From the top of the Piney Ridge, the trail then passes through a saddle and descends steeply to the stream in Bolden Hollow.
  • Mile 2.1 - After crossing the stream there is a small campsite next to the trail. The AT will turn left following an old fire road for 100 yards before turning to the right climbing to the next ridge. At the ridgeline there are several views to the west of the Winchester valley through the trees. The views are best during the colder months when there are no leaves on the trees. From late spring through fall most of these vistas are obscured by foliage. Follow this ridgeline for another 0.3 miles to a point on the AT where it passes through a rocky area, and views to the west.
  • Mile 3.2 - This is the turnaround point for this hike to make a 6.4 mile out/back. Return following the AT back to the parking area on VA605.
  • Mile 6.4 - Arrive back at VA605 and parking area.
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Hiker Reviews For The Ashby Hollow Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Rating: Date of Hike: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Newly installed “No Parking” signs on Morgans Mill Rd where the AT crosses. I think parking is allowed off the road under the power line.

By: jb Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Good workout since the hike is primarily inclines or declines. No panoramic views but saw lots of red leaves on the ground and some of the trees are already changing colors. The hike took me about 3hrs 40minutes, which included a few stops to rest. There are several rocky portions, which were a bit slippery from the rain, so use caution.

By: DB Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, July 3, 2016
We agree with Dawn about the estimated time being too low. We turned around at the 2nd stream crossing (Bolden Hollow). It took us 3 hours total, including about 20 minutes to eat and small rest breaks on the uphills

By: grc Rating: Date of Hike: Thursday, June 9, 2016
Hit this hike up after work. My understanding is this is part of the overall "roller coaster" from 50 to Bear's Den. Saw nearly a dozen thruhikers in the first half-mile. Solid trail, good mix of some choppy rocks and worn trail. Not terribly difficult on the incline, but had to stop on the bigger incline for a breather I'm not in great shape. The 'turn around' point doesn't offer any views in the summer as mentioned... would say you can keep going further south if you want.

By: Tom & Suzy Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, December 25, 2015
Hiked this trail on a very warm (70F) Christmas Day.  Pretty hike with 2 streams and several seeps.  Well marked overall.  Watch for the right turn off the fire road right after the second creek.  The difficulty 3 rating is correct but deceiving because it is all up or down.  Frequent airplane noise due to being under a flight path to DC detracted somewhat from the solitude.

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