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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: 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.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, October 21, 2017
I chose this hike because I am conditioning for thru hiking/section hiking. Overall this hike was very nice. We stayed at the Jim & Molly Denton shelter. This is one of the nicer shelters I have stayed at. The shelter itself was over run with stink bugs. We ended up pitching a tent up on the hill by another fire ring. The trail seems pretty popular, we passed probably 6-10 groups of people going to the shelter and then again coming back. There were 3 groups staying at the shelter including mine. Parking was packed. We ended up parking across the street by a mail box. The car was fine when we returned to it. After the hike we went 4 miles down the road to the "Apple House" and got Apple Cider Donuts! They were amazing, especially after hiking.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, August 13, 2017
I enjoyed this hike! Fairly good workout yet just takes a few hours to complete. Some good hills, and a stretch of rocks.  Views probably would be better in Spring and Fall, but the meadows were really striking. Saw just a handful of other hikers today. The Molly and Jim Denton shelter is amazing. I would love to camp there sometime.

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