Pass Mtn & Jeremy's Run
Route (Flexible Trip in the Nicholson and Hazel Wilderness https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/SHEN_BCTrip-Flexible_Trip_in_the_Nicholson_and_Hazel_Wilderness_E065.pdf)
Route (Park and hike on the AT for a half mile and set up camp for the night.)
Mathew/s Arm
Rock hopping through Thorton Hollow (A watery crossing along the North Fork Thorton River. ŠJeff Chow)
Trekking through the hollows (ŠJeff Chow)
Shenandoah Cemetary (The silent courtyard of a Shenandoah Cemetary. ŠJeff Chow)
Local Color (One of Shenandoah's residents. ŠJeff Chow)
Descending into Little Devils Stairs (ŠJeff Chow)
Fall Colors (Deep hollows uphill of the Piney River. ŠJeff Chow)
Wide and Rocky Stream Crossing (Just along Little Devil's Stairs. ŠJeff Chow)
Cascade (The stream finds a hole through the rocks. ŠJeff Chow)
MAL015 (Crest rocky knoll and head L onto AT to car)
MAL013 (Cross road and parking lot at Mathews Arm Campground; pick up Mathews Arm Trail for slight NE incline)
MAL014 (Straight onto Tuscarora Trail through clusters of yellow witch hazel trees; gear down for 500-ft. ridgeline ascent)
MAL012 (Cross 50-foot wood-slat bridge over gently gurgling stream; forgotten water well on R)
MAL009 (The route turns L (W) after crossing the North Fork Thornton River. (Turn R off trail for primitive campsites in sheltered clearing.) Rest up before 600-ft. climb back to Skyline Drive)
MAL011 (R onto Elkwallow Trail. Pass Elkwallow Shelter; at Skyline Drive, head N toward precipitous eastern pitch of Jeremy's Run)
MAL010 (Crest the Blue Ridge, cross Skyline Drive, and head L on Thornton Trail; in .4 mi., turn R onto Elkwallow Trail, traversing rising ridgeline)
MAL007 (L onto Piney Branch Trail; in .1 mi., turn R and cross Piney River to continue on Hull School Trail through old-growth ash at N end of Fork Mtn.)
MAL008 (R @ 4-way onto Thornton River Trail heading N between narrowing rock walls and winding river; look for rock fences and old farm sites)
MAL005 (Turn R @ parking lot and head SW on Keyser Run Rd. Ahead, veer R through gate)
MAL006 (Explore a Piedmont legacy at the hushed grounds of Jenkins/Keyser cemetery on R; continue S on Keyser Run, flanking Pignut Mtn. (2,531 ft.))
MAL002 (Turn L onto Pole Link Bridge Trail, heading E through thick forest with dense bramble underbrush; camping opportunities just off trail (permit required))
MAL003 (Head straight across Jinney Gray Rd. to meet Little Devils Stairs Trail; yellow poplars line the path with their large, showy flowers)
MAL004 (Cross riffles of a small stream; begin 1,200-ft. descent of Keyser Run on Little Devils Stairs Trail. Water rushes through the narrow, rocky gorge over numerous chutes; campsites @ hollow's end before park boundary)
Junction
Junction
MAL001 (The trailhead is located at the southern end of the parking lot. Turn L (NE) onto the Appalachian Trail and cross Skyline Drive. In 0.2 mi., turn right and descend south on Sugarloaf Trail)


Old Rag Parking
Old Rag Mountain
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Byrd's Nest Shelter #3
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Hazel Falls & Cave