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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: 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.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Overall: A decent hike, pretty rigorous (I think it should be rated at least a 4), that is a short distance from DC (45 minutes). We parked at 8:45 on a Saturday (Memorial Day Weekend) and there were still a few spots available. There were a few hikers, but not terribly crowded. OK views, but not as good as other Appalachian Trail Hikes in Virginia.

Advantages: -Rigorous: I walked it with a few mid 30 types and we all thought it was pretty rigorous. Definitely a good workout, particularly if the temperature is over 80 degrees.

-Meadows: The hike has two large meadows that offer decent views as well as a nice change of pace.

-Turnaround Point: There is a shelter at the turnaround point (mile 3) that provides some shelter from the heat as well as a water station. This was crucial for us, given that the temperature topped 90 degrees.

Disadvantages: -Rigor: This is not for everyone. The first 1 miles is a rocky, sharp uphill that takes a lot out of you. Hikers must be in a decent shape and I would only encourage kids in a backpack if you are in VERY good shape. I would also add the terrain is extremely rocky, so the descent is just as difficult (hiking boots are a must). If you are inexperienced, you can park at the midpoint of the trail and move in either direction, avoiding the rocky and steep first mile.

-Parking: Parking was definitely full by 1200--I suspect, the lot filled up much earlier. On a weekend, I would recommend getting on the trail no later than 0900.

-Poison Ivy: We hiked in late May, and there is LOTs of poison ivy visible, particularly in the meadows. Make sure you have decent boots with socks that can come up to your knees (or wear pants).

By: Lyn H. Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Did this hike on a very warm spring day. Overall, it's really nice and pleasant. For folks that have done a lot of the mountain/forrest hikes in the Shenandoah area, this is a nice change of pace. It's definitely not too tough, but the fact that you go up and down twice gives you a workout. The first part is definitely the steepest. I can imagine areas that are rocky (there are a few) being a little thorny in the fall if they are covered with leaves. But generally the trail is extremely well maintained. The meadows are beautiful and doing the hike in May allowed for nice wildflowers also. Would recommend this hike!

By: Nice local hike Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Wanted to do this last year but it rained. Did this as a quick overnight backpack. Underestimated the steepness of the climb to the meadow. That will get your heart going! Too early for leaves on the trees so it was quite toasty and there was no shade in the unexpected 80 degree April heat that came through. We camped at the shelter and were joined by five through hikers. Enjoyed hearing their stores. We slept in our hammocks and gave them the shelter. Nicest privy we've ever used, and also really cool figuring out how it works (mouldering privy). Will definitely return when leaves are on the trees as the shelter area is really nice and the meadow will be appreciated even more. Closed out the weekend with brunch at Apple House. Yum!

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Early fog cleared making it a perfect day for a walk in the woods.

The railroad crossing shortly after the hike begins has a special meaning for me. It was on these tracks that the funeral train of Dwight David Eisenhower passed on April 1, 1969, on its way to Abilene, Kansas, his final resting place. I was aboard this train as a young Secret Service Agent and throughout the darkest hours of the night I witnessed thousands and thousands of people standing beside the tracks paying their respects. Working the midnight shifts, I sat outside the door of Mrs. Eisenhower's room in the last car of the train, which was beautiful and sumptuous with wood paneling. As I sat there throughout the night I had a view of the rear of the train as it passed through the dark countryside. The lights of the train illuminated those many faces as the train passed and, almost as if choreographed, the faces turned and faded into the darkness. It was one of the most moving experiences of my now long life and one of only a few times that I could really appreciate working a midnight shift.

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