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2019-06-13  
Shenandoah Mt. Trail Confederate Breastwork, VA
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Shenandoah Mt Trail and Confederate Breastwork, VA 
Shenandoah Mt Trail and Confederate Breastwork, VA
 
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2019
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Hiking6.20 Miles 780 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.86 mph
780 ft AEG
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Had intended to hike the McDowell Battlefield Trail on Bullpasture Mountain but no recent maintenance and waste high grass made the trail not discernible today, though I had hiked it about 3 years ago. Next idea was to scout out the first segment of the Shenandoah Mountain Trail south portion , for this I parked at the Confederate Breastworks viewpoint on Rt. 250 so I also could walk the interpretive trail there, the north portion of the Shenandoah Mountain Trail is also accessed here.This is in the George Washington National Forest not to be confused with Shenandoah National Park. To start the hike I walked 75 yards down Rt. 250 and crossed at the only signed road Shenandoah Mountain Rd., after .3 miles on this came to a locked gate, closed except for during hunting season Oct to Jan., also a parking area in front of the gate. Not sure if safe to leave a vehicle here for long time period, after all this is moonshine country. This segment of the trail for about 2.5 miles is a forest road so plenty wide with tall grass in the middle. Climbed about 300 feet in the first mile, as typical here the views are limited by vegetation. Eventually trail converts to a one track and parallels the road but lower down on the west slope of the ridge,the vegetation was looking more formidable and by this time distant but increasing thunder convinced me to head back. I was using folding trekking poles which have a noticeable clacking noise ,turned out to be helpful as I saw my first black bear this year scamper off, moving fast still managed a blurred picture and was able to keep the bear spray in my pocket. Despite using cutter spray managed to acquire this years first tick. The trail or road portion is easy to follow and marked with orange diamond shaped blazes , a couple of crossing roads that appeared so little used that they would not tempt anyone, reviewing the map if one wanted to make a lollipop loop could at the 7 mile mark reaquire the road from the single track and return on it for a total of 14 miles. Could also set up a shuttle and do this entire south portion an almost marathon route of 24 miles. After returning to the 10 car parking area thought I had time pre storm to complete the interpretive trail ,for the fortifications ,used by the Confederate troops to block the Union Army from capturing Staunton. The trail was actually pretty steep and as the storm was approaching had difficulty concentrating on the info kiosks as the tops of large trees were swinging wildly, summarizing it sounds like the GA troops stationed here had a lot of hardships. Started to rain just before returning to my vehicle , becoming a deluge as I was driving back to McDowell, which by the way has a nice little museum if ever there but only open Thursday to Saturday.
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