Last updated: March 3, 2023
Sugarloaf leads to a viewpoint. In the early summer, the showy white flowers of mountain laurel bloom in abundance here.
Distance: 5.0-mile circuit hike
Difficulty: Moderate (explanation of our hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 7 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,120 feet
- From the trailhead at the Piney River Parking Area (mile 22), take the Piney Branch Upper Trail to its intersection with the Pole Bridge Link Trail.
- Go left on the Pole Bridge Link Trail.
- Turn left onto Sugarloaf Trail. This will bring you out near Skyline Drive, above Hogback Overlook.
- Turn left to take the Appalachian Trail (white-blazed) back to your starting point.
The average hiking duration does not take into consideration fitness, exploration, rest, contemplation, etc.
Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.
An entrance fee is required to get into Shenandoah National Park
The trailhead for this hike is located at the Piney River parking area.
This trail does not meet ADA accessibility guidelines.
Click the image to download the trail map. Print it out at home or save it to your phone to take with you on your hike.