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Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Massanutten Trail Circuit on 04/14/2010 07:44:15 MDT Print View

hello,
I was wondering if there is anyone on here that has done this 71 mile circuit? Any details on the trail would be great. Thanks

Mark Ferwerda
(mnferwerda) - MLife

Locale: Maryland
Re: Massanutten Trail on 04/14/2010 15:40:21 MDT Print View

Hi,
I attempted this loop last October. The second day I discovered I had bought a bug net shelter instead of a tarp and thus my trip was cut short a bit as it rained the second night. It is mostly a ridge hike so water can be scarce. However I imagine that at this time of the year water should be readily available. Here is a link to a description of the trail (mostly accurate)
http://www.patc.us/hiking/destinations/massanuttenring.html

Some pics and a short description of my trip can be found here:
http://picassaweb.google.com/mnferwerda

HTH - Mark

Graeme Finley
(gfinley001) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Massanutten Trail on 04/15/2010 16:23:51 MDT Print View

I did the loop in November 2006. It was the first time I ever did a 20 mile day or hiked in trail runners vs boots (I was just making the transition to UL). I did the trail clockwise from the parking lot at the northern outlet for Fort Valley, and took around 3 days (3pm on Thursday to 4 pm on Sunday).

Water was hard to find up on the ridges, especially on the western ridge (I had to go down the road that crosses the middle of the ridge, fill up from a stream, and dry camp on the ridge-top on the third night).

My overriding memory from the trip is the agony in my feet from the horrible rocky trail coming down from the overlook in the last 3-4 miles. Still, it was a great experience - my first real fast-and-light trip, and I remember running into some mountain bikers who saw my GG Whisper pack and said I reminded them of Survivorman.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Re: Massanutten Trail on 04/15/2010 18:27:10 MDT Print View

great feedback, thanks guys!