Shenandoah National Park: Beahms Gap to Thornton Gap

Mature oaks, overgrown homesites, a mountain hut, and a scenic viewpoint highlight this 3.6-mile dayhike on the Appalachian Trail.
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Mature oaks, overgrown homesites, a mountain hut, and a scenic viewpoint highlight this 3.6-mile dayhike on the Appalachian Trail.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.5

Waypoints

BGO001

Location: 38.6940994262695, -78.3197326660156

Pickup white-blazed Appalachian Trail on E-side of Skyline Drive. Trail ascends N before swinging S again

BGO002

Location: 38.687198638916, -78.3167190551758

Trail cuts short switchbacks up Pass Mtn. (3,052 ft.). The oak forest is relatively flat and sparse around here, evidence of old farmlands that once dotted this ridgeline before the park was formed in 1935. Okay views into Kemp Hollow

BGO003

Location: 38.6756210327148, -78.3226928710938

Turn R for Pass Mtn. Hut (reserved for thru-hikers only)

BGO004

Location: 38.6766510009766, -78.3188323974609

Pass Mtn. Hut (2,690 ft.): Sleeps 8, reliable spring, and well-maintained by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Backtrack .2 mi. to WPT 3, and hike S

BGO005

Location: 38.6704406738281, -78.3231735229492

Descend SE; you'll drop more than 300 ft. in the next mile

BGO006

Location: 38.6659507751465, -78.3197631835938

AT merges with gravel road

BGO007

Location: 38.6654510498047, -78.3197631835938

Trail veers R

BGO008

Location: 38.6626014709473, -78.3226470947266

Cross Skyline Dr.

BGO009

Location: 38.6611709594727, -78.3234634399414

Cross US 211 (lots of speedy cars)

BGO010

Location: 38.6593704223633, -78.3224029541016

Turn L on short trail to the parking lot of Panorama (a historic restaurant; now vacant). Or, retrace steps to Beahms Gap