Bearfence Mountain
Bearfence Mountain
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wohdonkey
Newark, OH2,012 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We were visiting Shenandoah National Park and decided to try this trail. There was a parking lot across the road which made it easy to get to the trail. There is an easier trail on the path and a harder trail with a rock scramble. We chose to do the rock scramble. The path was easy to follow on the rocks as it was marked with blue paint. I am short and some spots were a struggle for me to get up to climb over the rocks but I got thru it. The view on the rock scramble was my favorite part. We really enjoyed this hike!
Written 15 July 2023
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Jeremy C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
My wife and I loved the Bearfence rock scramble. We are not regular hikers since we hail from flat lands. However, we are rather active people, and it was a workout for us. Climbing up and down the rocks was a whole lot of fun, and the view were astounding. It took us a little over an hour to hike. We went up the rock scramble and came back on the Appalachian trail. It was a fun hike that was challenging but not overly difficult. This hike is not a vertical rock climb. There are no ropes or chains, but you do have to scramble up and down some rocks. If considering this hike, one should realize that you need to use your whole body, have good balance, and be okay with moderate heights. It is certainly doable and certainly worth doing! Bring water and good shoes too.
Written 2 June 2023
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mags
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
The Bearfence scramble is the funnest hike in the park. Going up and over the rocks is exhilarating and the view is amazing. Must be sure-footed, proper footwear is an absolute must, but it’s accessible to anyone reasonably fit and with decent balance.
Written 1 October 2022
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Ckenn J
Portland, ME17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Easy trail with great beginner rock scramble. Nothing scary. Our kids 13,12 and 9 did it easily following the pack. My husband had no issue completing it with our 3 year old in the baby carrier (but I swear he is part billy goat). I am not in shape by any means and had no issues. I tend to be afraid of heights but compared to other hikes we have done this one did not bother me. I would not do this hike in wet weather.
Written 10 August 2022
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Alicia_JA
Chicago323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The hike to the top was worth the amazing view. It is breathtaking. The hike is listed as "easiest" but it could be a challange for some who just enjoy walking on flat surfaces.
Written 16 April 2022
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Jon M
Columbus, OH85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
This hike is ~1.25 miles roundtrip and gains ~300 feet of elevation. You’ll be climbing up and around all sorts of boulders as you make your way to the summit. The trail is well marked with blue blazes. This is my favorite hike in the national park and offers spectacular views/photo opportunities; however, I would not recommend it for those unsteady on their feet or for families with young children and/or pets.
Written 10 April 2022
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Shawn H
Washington DC, DC413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This was one of my favorite hikes - but be prepared for the rock scramble at the end. It will involve careful maneuvering up crevices and over large gaps, with steep drop offs on either side. You will need both feet and hands at times to get yourself up the rocks to the top, but its a fun exercise and worth the trip to the windswept peak, with 360 degree views. Its a strenuous, but short hike.

It was a popular hike when we were there, though many people said they were scared at times on the way up and down. Other whole families with young children went, though it required lifting the smaller kids up the crevices, as it wasn't possible to make it to the top with little legs.
Written 27 November 2021
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Katie S
Union, KY138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This was a fun hike with amazing views, although I was relieved when it was over. You will definitely need to use both hands and be pretty agile. We didn't bring a backpack or anything with us on this hike and I'm glad we didn't. We did wear gloves, mainly because it was cold, but I also think they helped grip the rocks better. The rock scramble was pretty scary at points - the scariest being the very end. You have to place your feet just right and also use your arms to pull yourself up all while there's a pretty sizable drop off on your other side. Definitely not for the faint of heart. My husband and I did this hike and we are 33 and 28, respectively. I definitely wouldn't say we are experienced, avid hikers but we are in decent enough shape. Reading some of the other reviews, it sounds like there is an alternative route to the rock scramble, which I would probably look into for next time. The views really were spectacular, but I don't know if it's really worth the danger associated with the rock scramble. I wouldn't say this hike is strenuous, but it is difficult navigating the rocks at times.
Written 7 November 2021
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,233 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
If you are going to do this 1 mile (roundtrip) hike, get ready to do some rock scrambling. Forget your hiking poles and bring your gloves. We did this on Thursday, October 14. Got to the scrambling part of the trail and thought the views were just OK. Maybe if the fall foliage was popping, it would have been a better experience.

Even though the trail is 1 mile, it took us 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. Some parts are actually difficult.

If you like rock scrambling, this is the trail for you but the views are mediocre. For views, I recommend Little Stony Man trail.
Written 3 November 2021
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,199 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is the hike if you want to put away the poles and use more of your body. The guides call is a "scramble", which turns out to mean that you have to go over and around boulders and escarpments to reach the end of the trail. Fair warning, it is such a popular hike that attracts crowds, but there are some that maybe should cross it off the list. I found that my balance was not what it once was and it took me a long time and a lot of effort to traverse the trail. All the while younger and more physically able (there I admitted it) climbers provided encouragement (I could see that it could be done) or discouragement (I can't do that). I will also admit that climbing up, with my challenged balance, caused a bit of anxiety on the higher portions of the scramble. All in all, I wouldn't try it again. There are so many hikes in the park, all with a view as scenic as the denouement of the Bearfence Trail, that the payoff wasn't there for me.
Written 3 November 2021
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