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6.6 mls
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3.5 hours plus 30 minutes for lunch
1,055 ft
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10 car parking on VA55 next to the Appalachian Trail. 38.90924, -78.05334

A beautiful out and back hike on the Appalachian Trail passing through fields, streams, lush forest, and the Jim and Molly Denton Shelter. Trumbo Hollow is an expansive meadow with a bench at the high point. With fields and fences that make you feel like you're in a J.R.R. Tolkien novel the hike down towards VA638 is one more Kodak moment. From the valley enjoy another forest walk before arriving at the Jim and Molly Denton Shelter which boasts a picnic pavilion and gravity fed shower.

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Hiker Reviews For The Trumbo Hollow Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Matt Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, November 18, 2018
I started this hike at 7:30AM and was the first vehicle in the lot. Despite the cold and icy conditions due to snow compact, the lot had filled by 11AM when I left.

This hike is mostly switchbacks. The shelter is very modern with many accommodations. The privy was well stocked with hand sanitizer and a mailbox full of additional toilet paper.

Watch out for muddy or icy conditions in certain conditions here.

By: BrianJB Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, November 2, 2018
Maybe a 3.5? A lot of good stuff for a short hike - the first climb is a little taxing, but nothing too steep. The rest is pretty easy - scenic meadows, pretty gentle on the last bit to the shelter.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, August 18, 2018
We hiked this as an overnight. When we arrived at the parking lot around noon it was full, and the parking lot across the street also had several cars. Little strange as the forecast didn't look good and we had a lot of rain recently. The Jim and Molly Denton Shelter has been named the sexiest shelter of the AT and it is indeed a really nice compound as I call it, with nice tent areas, a cooking pavilion, clean shelter with a bench, clean privy, shower and nearby spring. The first uphill is brutal, even with the switchbacks, I thought it would never end. The meadow is pretty and the last uphill before the shelter is doable. However, the thunderstorm did follow us and the trail turned into a roaring creek. It was actually refreshing, we were already soaked from sweat -) There were 2 thru-hikers at the shelter. We set up tent and used our firebox to grill some steaks. Shared some treats and had a pretty good night sleep. We headed out back to the car towards 11 and made it back by 1 just before the next thunderstorm! Used permethrin on my clothes and another version for skin and kept the bugs away, you'll need some bug spray during this time. Some hikers saw bear prints, we didn't see any signs of animals, lots of pretty mushrooms! I'm very behind with editing but eventually, I'll have a vid here: Pictures here:

By: Hobo Hiker Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, July 28, 2018
I backpacked this section to fine tune a new backpack. The first hill is rather brutal with a 30lbs backpack on. The climb is switchbacks but the elevation was more than I expected at about 1000 feet. Once you are over the first mountain it's pretty easy to the Denton shelter. The trail is relatively smooth for most of the way. There is one creek crossing so wear shoes you can get wet.

I camped overnight at the Jim and Molly Denton Shelter and had the shelter to myself. Plenty of flat tent sites. I also stayed at the shelter on 7/8 and shared the shelter with the tail end of 2018 thru-hikers. The thru-hikers were very friendly and lots of laughs. The shelter is nicknamed the "Hiker Hilton" because it is always kept so clean and has a spring fed cold shower, horseshoe pits, picnic pavilion and cleanest privy on the AT. It also has a nice lounge bench and was recently freshly painted. This is a 5 star shelter if there is such a thing. Seriously... who ever maintains this shelter needs an award.

The return trip to my car was easy. There's a bench in the hollow field and somebody planted three apple trees. I tried one of the apples but they were rather sour.

Parking Note: I read in one of the blogs that the parking area had some break in's so don't leave anything in plain site. I talked with a local who said it was a safe parking area however.

Forgot to mention that I took some quick video of the hike and trail conditions. Here's the link - The video starts at the Tucker Lane parking area.

By: Ash Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, May 27, 2018
While I enjoyed this hike I was a bit let down from the buildup in the description. If you’ve hiked a lot in Virginia then I think you will think this is an average hike. My GPS said 1,400 feet of climb. I consider this an easy hike as the mileage and rate of climb is low. Of course everyone is different so your mileage may vary. It’s a nice little hike but I probably wouldn’t do it again.

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