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sw virginia hikes: Big and Little House Mountains, April 2 2016



We were trying to time this hike in the spring for the wild flowers that bloom in the area. Unfortunately while the flowers were full bloom in the valleys, they were only starting to bud as we gained elevation. Our friends Brittany and Will joined us for this sunny and windy day.

The parking area is about .5 miles from the actual trailhead and there isn’t a lot of room.

From the car, it’s a steady up all the way up to the saddle on a wide trail. At the saddle, there is plenty of room to camp including a shelter. This is where the trail splits to go up to Little House Mountain or Big House Mountain. There is an additional trail that heads down from the saddle to the north.

The Little House Trail has recently been worked on and it is a trail that switches back until you the top. There are some nice views along the way. Once at the top, you transverse the top with a little scrambling around some rocks.

There is a little downhill until you reach the vista toward the east. Retrace your steps back to the saddle afterwards.

The Big House Trail is wide fire road, but a constant uphill that’s a bit steeper than both the Little House Trail and the Trail leading up to the saddle. After about a mile, you reach a split in the trail. Take the left trail (not the fire road that curve right). There is apparently a goat here that will visit with hikers, but we didn’t see her this day. Once you reach the ridge, you are at the little goat overlook with a view to the west (picture at the top of the page). Here at the ridge you there is space for a few camp spots and a fire ring. Continue along the ridge until you reach a cool table rock.

It’s then downhills the entire way back to the car. This would be a nice trail running route as the trail is wide and not a lot of large rocks.

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