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Rose River Rockwhack

 
Rose River Rockwhack

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Virginia, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.51533°N / 78.36591°E

Object Title: Rose River Rockwhack

Date Climbed/Hiked: Oct 21, 2009

Activities: Hiking

Season: Fall

 

Page By: taxinvestor

Created/Edited: Oct 22, 2009 / Nov 30, 2009

Object ID: 566344

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Page Score: 77.28%  - 8 Votes 

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Should Have Sent a Poet

I've experienced some cool things while hiking: a bear sliding down a tree right onto the AT in front of me, pulling a steelhead out of the Sky River, honking elk herd alarm clock in the Olympics, Summerland, lava and tubes on the Big Island, and yes - for all its detractors - I would even add the 360 haystack view from Mt. Si to the list.

The Rose River in Shenandoah National Park is right up there.

 
Jet Fall
 
 
Tree Color
 
Leaf Fall
 

Cascades

The Rose headwaters are around 3200 feet near Skyline Drive, it tumbles over boulders the size of a house, then car, then couch, then shoebox before lazily making its way into the farmlands below.

The river is alive with the ringing, thunking, plooping, gurgling sound of a thousand waterfalls.

 
Hidden Fall
 
 
Boulders
 
Island Fall
 


 
Trout Fall
 
 
Narrow Fall
 
 
Triple Fall
 


 
Hang On Fall
 
 
MishMash Fall
 
 
Squeeze Fall
 


 
Pool Fall
 



Trout

The river is alive with trout which dart among the rocks in the pools formed between the cascades.

 
Trout Dance
 
 
Trout Walking
 
 
Run Away Trout
 


 
Trout Zoom
 
 
Brown Trout
 

 
Trout Bite
 

Navigation

From the parking lot hike up the fire road for about a mile until you cross a metal bridge.

Drop down and to the right after this bridge, then hang a left and begin working your way upriver.

What is the rock-hopping river equivalent of a bushwhack? There is no trail to follow, make your way directly along the river.

Either bank works for detours around large pools, deadfall, or ginormous rocks - the right side is cliffy, the left bushy.


 
Rose River Map
 



 
Zing Fall
 
 
Shade
 
 
Splash Fall
 



 
Drop Fall
 
Leaf Rock
 
 
Blend Fall
 


After making your way over or around some big rocks and tall falls, Hogcamp Branch merges with Rose River on the left.

Follow Hogcamp to the Rose River Fire Road and go back downhill to complete a loop - or turn around and head back - but watch your step - those solid footholds going uphill seem to disappear on the return.

 
Drip Fall
 
Double Fall
 
 
Sideways Fall
 


This hike is two miles and 2000 feet uphill from the bridge, or 6 miles R/T. It took me 5 hours for an up and back, some of this time was due to difficulty - but mostly, I didn't want to leave.

 
Stick Fall
 


 
Phoenix Pool
 
 
Zap Fall
 
 
Horseshoe Fall
 


 
Tree in the Way Fall
 
 
Tiny Fall
 




Getting There

Two hours to the trailhead from DC. Take 66 west, 211 South, left on 522, right on 231, right on 670 and follow until the end of the road.

Or, park at the Fishers Gap Overlook near MP49 on Skyline Drive and hike down Rose River Fire Road, then back up the river (10 mile loop).

Circuit Hikes in Shenandoah National Park

 
Angle Fall
 
 
Phoenix Fall
 

 
Swish Fall
 
 
Smooth Fall
 

 
Water Fountain
 
 
Loop Fall
 


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Sarah SimonExcellent photos

Sarah Simon

Hasn't voted

Thanks for sharing them! -Sarah
Posted Oct 22, 2009 7:14 pm

chugach mtn boyA very nice collection

chugach mtn boy

Voted 10/10

You must have buried it under a rock, because it's gotten so few votes/visits!
Posted May 28, 2010 3:06 am

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