Looping 10 miles over empty ridges makes it hard to believe you’re just two hours from the Beltway. From Trout Run Road, ascend the Bucktail Trail 1,500 feet through rocky ravines to 2,826-foot Halfmoon Mountain at mile 4.3. Camp just below the summit in a grove of pines, where you can linger over evening-glow vistas of Great North Mountain and a sea of 4,000-foot peaks. On day two, return via the Halfmoon and Bucktail connector trails (3.6 miles).
- Distance: 15.1
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Grand Lake Rd
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Five Ponds Trail junction
Location: 46.140835, -68.856396
Turn left onto Middle Fowler Trail.
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Middle Fowler Pond and Campground
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South Branch Pond Campground
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South Branch Mountain
Location: 46.082506, -68.915676
Black Cat Mountain; South Summit
Location: 46.08545, -68.895819
Upper South Branch Lean-to
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Turn right up the ridge.
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Peak of the Ridges
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End of Little Knife Edge
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North Traveler Mountain
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Descend North Ridge.