Richmond: Shenandoah Mountain Trail to Jerrys Run

Camp two nights on this 15.7-mile loop through a remote and rugged corner of Ramseys Draft Wilderness in west-central Virginia.
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Camp two nights on this 15.7-mile loop through a remote and rugged corner of Ramseys Draft Wilderness in west-central Virginia.

Mapped by: Jim Cole

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 22.2

Waypoints

RDW006

Location: 38.3803596496582, -79.3180465698242

Turn S; terrain levels?finally

RDW005

Location: 38.3539543151856, -79.3519134521484

Fact: This highland trail zigzags between two counties?Highland and Augusta. In 2.5 mi., keep straight @ 3-way, avoiding a steep drop into Sinclair Hollow

RDW010

Location: 38.3375587463379, -79.361572265625

On R, old stone cabin ruins. Good camping sites. Continues up Jerrys Run and close loop with Shenandoah Mtn. Trail. Turn L; return to trailhead

RDW003

Location: 38.3356170654297, -79.3671569824219

Keep straight on Shenandoah Mtn. Trail to begis 11.4-mi. loop

RDW001

Location: 38.311206817627, -79.3840408325195

Hike NE on Shenandoah Mtn. Trail

RDW008

Location: 38.3539886474609, -79.3188629150391

Veer L @ the confluence of the North and South Prongs of Ramseys Draft. Trail crosses creek multiple times and drops 1,500 ft. in 3.5 mi.

RDW007

Location: 38.3720092773438, -79.3187026977539

Fill bottles @ Hiner Spring. Two options: 1) Turn around, pickup summit trail, and tag Hardscrabble Knob (4,282 ft.). Camping nearby, too. 2) Keep hiking S

RDW004

Location: 38.3405914306641, -79.3632202148438

Trail crests several unnamed highpoints on long mostly wooded ridgeline

RDW002

Location: 38.3184585571289, -79.3813095092774

Keep NE. The first day gains roughly 1,100 ft. in the first 8 mi. Pace yourself, and break @ the occasional valley views

RDW009

Location: 38.3347129821777, -79.3372497558594

Turn R (N) up Jerrys Run, a lovely feeder stream