|Fold in the Massanutten synclinorium|
The next two miles of the hike were uneventful as we followed the hollow of Mill Run up towards the stream's source; unfortunately, the trail was removed from the bottom of the hollow and never really followed the run itself. There were occasional views through the trees of the ridge to our east, the trail tread was often rocky, and at one point we passed a nice campsite, but there was little else to comment on.
At about three miles into the hike, the trail reached the head of the hollow and made a turn and began climbing up the other side of the hollow. Even here, as the hike entered its final ascent, the grades were not too difficult. At a switchback, we had some partially obscured views to the southwest of Veach Gap, Fort Valley, and the western ridge of Massanutten Mountain.
|View of Fort Valley and Massanutten Mountain from the trail|
One tree along the ridge had an impressive collection of fungi growing on its trunk.
|Some sort of polypore growing on a tree|
|Ridgetop trail at the turnoff for the main viewpoint|
|The Blue Ridge rises above the bends in the South Fork Shenandoah River|
On our return hike, odd weather returned and it hailed briefly as we made a quick return to the trailhead. All in all, this is a recommendable hike: the views from the top are good and the geology en route is interesting.