Hiked up here with my brothers and potential future sister-in-law on a cloudy day in July. We siblings had all hiked the Knob at summer camp years ago, so it would have been a nice quick nostalgia-hike, except we started at the wrong trailhead (the one with yellow blazes further up the forest road) and wound up adding at least an extra mile. That, plus the muddy trails, did a number on our morale (not to mention our shoes). But it was nice to scramble up the Knob again and relive our childhood mountain-memories.
I took the Gap Creek Trail. The scramble was fun. Also, upon reaching the scramble, head to the right instead of left and up the scramble. From there you can do either a 40' single pitch climb with a class III/IV scramble down and right back to the base of the wall, or continue a second, 30' pitch to the overlook.
Do a loop through Strickler Knob as well for a great ~9 miles.
20 April 2010 and 9 January 2011. MUCH more fun in winter - without the gnats. Again on 17 November (snowing hard) and 18 November 2011 (clear and cold). I have approached it from the Gap Creek, Scothorn Gap and Habron Gap trailheads. On 2 March 2013 I climbed it with a fresh light snow cover, then bushwhacked up the 2,700-foot peak just north of Scothorn Gap on my way back.
I hiked up Duncan Knob while on a long 18 mile day hike (started from route 211 and returned via Kerns Mountain). I went on a Monday with the high in the mid 90's. Never saw a single person throughout the entire beautiful trip. Did see a couple of rattlesnakes though... Watch your step!
Great peak in a wild place. Most of the views from the Massanutten Range are to the east or west. It was nice having a big unobstructed view to the south.
We were backpacking the the GW National Forest and stumbled upon the trail leading to this scramble. Since we were camped nearby, we had the summit to ourselves briefly. Suddenly, it's as if a flood released from Washington, DC. The overlook area became swarmed with hikers! On our way down the rock scramble, we were shocked to find TIMBER RATTLERS behind a lot of the rocks. Yikes!
I've done it many times, from Scothorn Gap, Camp Roosevelt, and via Gap Creek Trail. It's always a great hike.
Hiked up to Duncan Knob with a friend on the Gap Creek Trail. It was a beautiful day in late October. Once we scrambled to the top, we saw yellow and brown leaves on the trees to the east, south, and west, and red leaves to the northwest.
There were a few other hikers on the summit, but nowhere near the crowds in Shenandoah National Park. On the way back, we drove through Front Royal, and there was a long line of traffic backed up at the Shenandoah National Park entrance.