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Distance

12.76 mi

Elevation gain

2,382 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

2,382 ft

Max elevation

3,301 ft

Trailrank

24

Min elevation

1,523 ft

Trail type

Loop
  • Photo of Big Schloss, Mill Mountain, and Stoney Creek loop

Time

5 hours 46 minutes

Coordinates

4252

Uploaded

June 6, 2020

Recorded

May 2020
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3,301 ft
1,523 ft
12.76 mi

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near Rockland, West Virginia (United States)

This hike was one of the hardest for me to rate due to the high variance of the trail. The view of Big Schloss coming in from the north was pretty majestic and really represents the name well. From the outcrop, there were plenty of nice open vistas of mountain ridges typical of Virginia. At the end of our hike, we found some campsites that had everything you’d want. However outside of these two highlights, the trail were some of the most monotonous trails consisting of a green tunnel. We saw plenty of new backpackers during this stretch and I feel so bad that this was their first experience because the lack of payoffs for the work. My suggestion based on this high variance is to day hike to Big Schloss via the Big Schloss Cutoff Trail, then pick up your backpacking gear and hike a mile or so in on the Little Stony Creek to camp at those great campsites.

For our full hike report, see: https://travel2walk.com/2020/06/10/virginia-hikes-big-schloss-mill-mountain-stony-creek-loop-may-30-2020/

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