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Hike the Rose River 4 mile Loop in Shenandoah National Park VA

Date and Time

Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10:00AM - 4:00PM


Fishers Gap Overlook Shendandoah National Park VA,
Virginia, Shenandoahs,


Registration is required for this activity.


This 4 mile circuit hike descends from Fisher Gap Overlook to a 67' waterfall with additional cascades beyond along the trail. This hike has 910' of elevation gain. We will use snowshoes or microspikes depending on conditions. **This hike is being led by Sung-Soo Kim who is a leader in training under the supervision of David Mong who is the leader of record.** To ensure your safety and enable you to join us on this hike, you must register here on the AMC Activities Database website, complete the liability waiver form, and have your registration confirmed by this activity's AMC Chapter Leader. You will be notified by email when you are confirmed as a participant. ANYONE NOT RECEIVING A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION FROM THIS ACTIVITY'S LEADER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP AT THE TRAILHEAD.AN RSVP ON MEETUP IS NOT CONSIDERED BEING REGISTERED FOR THIS ACTIVITY - THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED HERE ON THE AMC ACTIVITY DATABASE WEB SITE. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use. Route information - From the north end of Fishers Gap parking at mile 49.4, cross Skyline Drive and start down the fire road. Just after the chain, take a left onto the Skyland-Big Meadows Horse Trail (yellowblazed). In about 0.6-mile take the blue-blazed Rose River Loop Trail. Follow it past the 67-foot falls. Continue to the bridge, where you begin hiking up a steep, rocky section past beautiful cascades. At the fire road (yellow-blazed), turn right across bridge. Then continue uphill about one mile back to Skyline Drive. Easy: Reasonable fitness for the expected activity is needed, but the trip is designed for those new to the activity. Expect to be active up to 4 hours/day. A bit more active time than the relaxed rating, but with generous breaks. Group size is limited to 10 including leaders. Depending on the conditions, snowshoes, microspikes and outdoor clothing appropriate for the hike are required. Contact leader for more information if you need to buy any of this gear. ***There is no fee for the AMC hike; however, SNP will charge an entrance fee ($30 per vehicle).***

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Related Link(s):

Rose River Trip Report
Big Meadows Area Map - Rose River at the top.
Photos of a previous trip to this area.

Driving Directions

Click map for driving directions

If Skyline drive is closed due to adverse weather we will relocate the trip.

Stream crossing on the way back from climbing Street and Nye in the Adirondacks.



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I have been leading backpacking trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Adirondack Mountain Club since 1975. I enjoy taking the time to look at the scenery and have a relatively slow pace. I am patient with beginners and enjoy helping them learn new skills.