Backpacking Duncan and Strickler Knob in Virginia’s Massanutten Mountains

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Trip Details

A few of us from DC UL Backpacking got together this weekend for the Wil Kohlbrenner Memorial Loop – 17.5 miles for the base loop / 19 miles overall with the out and backs to Duncan and Strickler Knob.

While the mileage of this trip is modest, it was among my favorite little overnight hikes in the D.C. area, a place where you could arrive quickly and head out for a pleasant weekend out in the woods.

For the most part, the loop is moderate, with well-marked trails and modest climbs (the exception being the incredibly steep Waterfall Mountain). 

The trail also features a number of great vistas throughout, but the highlights are undoubtedly Duncan Knob and Strickler Knob, both short out and back hikes that deviate from the main trail.

In either case, you can leave your pack hidden alongside the trail as you make your way over to the views, just take some water and a snack.

I loved to camp on the saddle below Duncan Knob — but there is no water access here, but you’ve got a nice place where you can scramble up to see the stunning sunset over the Massanutten Mountains.

Gear Details

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Head Writer and Adventurer at Desk to Dirtbag
Ryan is an author, adventurer, perpetual wanderer, and self-proclaimed dirtbag (but that might not mean what you think). Originally from Seattle, he headed to Washington D.C. where he spent five years working for Congress before heeding the call of the wild. He set out truck camping to road trip across the American West, and then across all of Central America and South America. When he isn't on the move, you can find him living as an expat in Colombia. He is also the author of the best selling book: Big Travel, Small Budget that will help you travel more for less. Follow the adventures on social media or read more.

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