Long Mountain is a high ridge running along the West side of Trout Run Valley. There are tremendous views to the East looking over Big Schloss and the Shenandoah valley. Views to the West look out over the rolling ridges of West VA.
Driving to the trail head (from VA I81)
There is parking and a primitive campsite on the right side of the road. The sign for the Long Mountain trailhead is not visible form the road but yellow “i” shaped blazes can be seen.
Other than the first 15 minutes there is no formal trail to the cliffs. Allocate around one hour for the hike to and from car to cliffs.
Hike Long Mountain Trial down about 0.6 miles (10 - 15 minutes) to 2800 feet and large clearing on right. Continue approximately another 100 yards and watch for an unmarked use trail heading up hill on the right. This trail leads steeply up and then through a small rocky area to the ridge of Long Mountain. Once at the top follow the ridge along use trails.
A 'work in progress' guide can be found at the Potomac Mountain Club website.
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