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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- Distance: 5.5
Location: 38.6940994262695, -78.3197326660156
Pickup white-blazed Appalachian Trail on E-side of Skyline Drive. Trail ascends N before swinging S again
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
Location: 38.6756210327148, -78.3226928710938
Turn R for Pass Mtn. Hut (reserved for thru-hikers only)
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
Location: 38.6704406738281, -78.3231735229492
Descend SE; you’ll drop more than 300 ft. in the next mile
Location: 38.6659507751465, -78.3197631835938
AT merges with gravel road
Location: 38.6654510498047, -78.3197631835938
Trail veers R
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Cross Skyline Dr.
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Cross US 211 (lots of speedy cars)
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