Saturday, September 13, 2008

Turk Mountain

From the Turk Gap Parking area on the east side of Skyline Drive (Mile 94) the peak of Turk Mountain is 1.1 miles. The parking lot is only 10 miles from the southern entrance to the park. To reach the trail cross Skyline Drive to the western side. Follow the AT south for .2 miles and then follow the trail to the top. The best views are westward across a rock field. Crimora lies closest in the valley below. There are views of the Allegheny mountains across Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain to the the northwest. On the way up we were surprised by a rattlesnake. By the time we made it down he had slithered away.

Here's his angular head among the leaves and moss.
The telltale rattle.


Tony Gonzalez said...

My fiancee and I just went up today (Saturday)! Our first hike in the Shenandoah having just moved to Waynesboro.

When we get photos up, I'll send a link.

Anonymous said...

I want to visit Turk Mountain this summer(2011). Turk is my family name.