Big Schloss is a peak in the Great North Mountain range of the Ridge and Valley Appalachians, with an elevation of 2964ft. The peak is located in George Washington National Forest on the border of Virginia and West Virginia, though according to Topozone, the actual summit is in Virginia. The trail is part of the Lee Ranger District. It features a rocky outcropping of white sandstone with expansive views into Trout Run Valley in West Virginia and Little Schloss Mountain in Virginia.
German settlers gave Big Schloss its name. Schloss means castle in German, and it is reference to the rocky outcrop. German was the common language in the area for several years.
A number of hiking trails lead to Big Schloss. Hikers may ascend from Wolf Gap via the Mill Mountain trail, or a circuit hike coming from FDR Rt. 92. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club maintains the trails leading up to Big Schloss. A bridge provides access to the Big Schloss rock outcropping. In the Fall of 2010, the bridge was replaced with new stairs, 20' of new handrails, and two new concrete abutments.
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This is a fairly easy hike to a rocky top. There is plenty of parking so that shouldn't be a problem even on crowded weekends. The first stretch of the hike is up a wide trail and isn't steep but it is uphill. There's a wooden bridge at the top which makes it look somewhat commercialized. Great views though and there are plenty of rocks so people can spread out.
Great day hike with extraordinary views of both Virginia and West Virginia. The hike begins at the camp ground in Wolf Gap. Starts easily enough at the trail head and quickly transitions to a steep loose rock trail hike for about a mile. At that point the hike levels out as you walk a ridge riddled with large rocks. Take your time here as there are some great views, especially in the fall. Eventually you will come to a trail sign that directs you to the peak. Cannot imagine what folks did to get to the summit when the bridge was not in place.
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