Appalachian Trail: Pinefield Gap to Swift Run Gap

Savor postcard-worthy views of the Blue Ridge from Hightop Mountain on this 10.9-mile hike in Shenandoah National Park.
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Savor postcard-worthy views of the Blue Ridge from Hightop Mountain on this 10.9-mile hike in Shenandoah National Park.

Hightop Hut; sleeps 6.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 17.6

Waypoints

WPT004

Location: 38.3310661315918, -78.5598678588867

Hightop Rd.

WPT003

Location: 38.2945823669434, -78.6324462890625

Weaver Mtn.

WPT007

Location: 38.336498260498, -78.5528869628906

Hightop Mtn.

WPT003

Location: 38.3317832946777, -78.5585327148438

Blue-blazed trail leads to Hightop Hut

WPT002

Location: 38.3331985473633, -78.5584182739258

Hightop Rd.

WPT005

Location: 38.2904014587402, -78.6420135498047

Pinefield Gap; SD 75.2

WPT006

Location: 38.3286018371582, -78.5749816894531

Skyline Drive mile marker 68.6. Smith Roach Gap; parking

WPT009

Location: 38.3013343811035, -78.6177978515625

Jeep road to ranger station; AT turns W

WPT001

Location: 38.3331832885742, -78.5583801269531

Hightop Hut

WPT010

Location: 38.3325004577637, -78.5586853027344

Trail to Hightop Rd.

WPT008

Location: 38.3186340332031, -78.5951309204102

Views to the SE of Powell Gap Hollow

WPT005

Location: 38.3372993469238, -78.5528869628906

Views to the W

WPT003

Location: 38.3577995300293, -78.5453796386719

AT turns E; Skyline Dr.; Swift Run Gap; US 33

WPT005

Location: 38.3283348083496, -78.5739517211914

Smith Roach Gap Rd.

WPT008

Location: 38.3351173400879, -78.5521697998047

Spring

WPT002

Location: 38.3569984436035, -78.5451202392578

Bridge crossing; US 33

WPT007

Location: 38.3212509155273, -78.5919647216797

Skyline Drive mile marker 69.9. Powell Gap

WPT010

Location: 38.3017158508301, -78.6225357055664

Skyline Drive mile marker 73.2. Simmons Gap Ranger Station

WPT004

Location: 38.345100402832, -78.5530471801758

Skyline Drive; Hightop Mountain parking

WPT003

Location: 38.3565673828125, -78.545166015625

AT turns W

WPT006

Location: 38.3367004394531, -78.5532989501953

Good views to the NE

DSCF2338

Location: 38.318733215332, -78.5952301025391

DSCF2325

Location: 38.3330993652344, -78.5586013793945

DSCF2332

Location: 38.3286323547363, -78.5750350952148