Goshen Pass to Chambers Ridge | Near our Cabin for rent in Lexington VA
5.5 to 6 miles. Difficulty - Moderate
From Windymile Cabin, Turn left on VA-252 S for 1 mi Turn right onto VA-39 W for 7.7 mi turn right onto an unmarked dirt lane, and arrive at the Parking area. Directions
Cross the swinging bridge. Turn Right.
Follow the river,south east (downstream) and continue about a mile to Intersect the Chambers Ridge trail.
There will be a little wooden sign at the intersection... pointing up the mountain (left).
It is easy to miss this sign / intersection
Turn (northeast) up the mountain, ... the Chambers Ridge Trail.
The climb is steep through a couple of switchbacks, leading to to a high rock face, where there might be a sign warning of hazards.
Continue past a waterfall in a hemlock grove on the right
Continue on through the forest of chestnut oak, pitch pine and mountain laurel
Crest a ridge with nice camping spots, but no water. A great place to stop, and relax with a picnic.
Continue on...... upwards a bit and come to a ridge through an old forest with big vines hanging.
Pass a black pond on the right - very small (sometimes, goes dry), no good to drink. (you are about two miles into the hike) A view of lake Merriweather will be to the north (on your left) through the trees.
At the end of Chambers ridge, the trail turns south east (right) and drops into a saddle
Once through the saddle, climb again..... a bit..... until you reach an intersection
Signs may be missing, or may have been turned around. BE CAREFUL. dont trust!
ONE trail, "Little Peak" goes south east ....... up the mountain.
The other trail, "Chambers Hollow" goes north ....... to the left, downward through the hollow.
TAKE THE LEFT (go north) to follow "The Chambers Hollow" trail.
(*SeeMap* red arrow)
After about, 1/2 a mile on this trail, you'll cross a stream or two, and climb a bit to intersect with the "Hunters Access" trail. There may not be a marker here.
(*SeeMap* intersect at "Anderson")
Turn Southwest (left) and follow generally downward for 1/2 to 3/4 miles.
Be on the lookout for a well worn trail heading west (*note the map* orange arrow) to take you back to the swinging bridge.
##IMPORTANT## The trail you are on (walking northwest), will continue on to Lake Merriweather and across the dam. (*note the map* dam) SO.....watch for the intersection to turn west....... left.
After the left, there is an easy 1 mile stroll or so back to the swinging bridge.