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Massanutten Peak
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Massanutten Peak

 
Massanutten Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Virginia, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.39255°N / 78.76996°W

Object Title: Massanutten Peak

County: Rockingham

Activities: Hiking

Elevation: 2922 ft / 891 m

 

Page By: CheesySciFi

Created/Edited: Jan 18, 2010 / Jan 19, 2010

Object ID: 590381

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Overview

Massanutten Peak stands at the southern end of the Massanutten Mountains, rising about 1500 feet above the nearby city of Harrisonburg. Although it is best known for the Massanutten Resort that offers skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing, Massanutten Peak is also popular with hikers, especially members of the resort. It is one of the few privately owned peaks in the Massanutten Mountains. Good views are available in all directions, including the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and Hartman, Kaylor, and Lairds Knob. The vertical rock layers visible on the Ridge Trail show the geological folding processes that created the Massanutten Mountains before the first dinosaurs walked the Earth.

Getting There

 
First Mountain from Massanutten Ridge Trail
 

 
Massanutten Ski Area from Kaylor Knob Trailhead
 

 
Massanutten Peak from Ridge Trail
 

 
Lairds, Kaylor, and Hartman Knobs at Sunset
 

 
Looking North from Massanutten Ski Area
 

 
Massanutten Ski Area at Twilight
 

 
Sunset on Ridge Trail
 

 
Lairds and Kaylor Knobs at Twilight
 

Access Road: From Harrisonburg, drive east on US 33 until reaching SR 644 (Resort Drive). Turn left and follow SR 644 until Massanutten Drive, where you make another left. Continue to Peak Drive and bear right. Follow Peak Drive until Rainier Road, where you make a left. Follow Rainier Road until the end and park here, but not in front of the gate for the ski area. Start hiking up the access road, which climbs steeply away from Rainier Road. After about a mile, you will reach the end of the access road near some cell phone towers, which offer views to the north. Continue on the trail to the summit. A little beyond the summit are the best views on the hike.

Round trip: A little over 2 miles with an elevation gain of about 800 feet.

Ridge Trail: From Harrisonburg, drive east on US 33 until reaching SR 644 (Resort Drive). Turn left and follow SR 644 until Massanutten Drive, where you make another left. Continue to Del Webb Drive and make a right. Follow Del Webb Drive and up to the crest of the ridge, where there will be a parking lot on the left.

Park here, enjoy the views, and then start up the Ridge Trail, which is on this side of Del Webb Drive. Hike along the Ridge Trail for 2.25 miles, where it merges with the access road. Continue up the access road and then the trail to the summit and overlooks.

Round trip: 4.8 miles to the summit with an elevation gain of 1400 to 1500 feet.

See the map of the Massanutten Resort for more details.

Red Tape

The entire hike is on private property. Hiking is open to non-members of the resort, but remember to check in the at the guard booth. Please do not light campfires and stay on established trails; it is especially important to stay out of ski areas while hiking.

When to Climb

The trails and the access road are closed to hikers from early November to late February for hunting. Autumn colors reach their peak in mid to late October. The heat, haze, and humidity are at their worst in July and August; the best time for a summer hike is early in the morning.

Camping

No camping is allowed except for members of the Massanutten Resort.

External Links

Massanutten Resort

Images

Lairds, Kaylor, and Hartman Knobs at SunsetMassanutten Peak from the SouthwestSunset on Ridge TrailLooking North from Massanutten Ski AreaMassanutten Peak from the EastMassanutten Ski Area from Kaylor Knob TrailheadMassanutten Peak from Ridge Trail
Lairds and Kaylor Knobs at TwilightMassanutten Ski Area at TwilightFirst Mountain from Massanutten Ridge TrailLooking South from Massanutten PeakFirst Mountain Ridge from Hartman KnobSnow Fort on Ridge Trail