20 Sep 08
Three Ridges is one of Virginia's most popular backpacking circuits. Situated in Central Virginia, just 30 miles southwest of Charlottesville, the hike is 14.4 miles of pretty healthy hiking. There are several vistas, endless switchbacks, several very difficult crossings over piles of falling granite rocks, and it only gets harder witih a solid 2,240 feet of vertical gain. Parking was best to start at Reeds Gap as it is both more convenient and easier to find then the other parking alternative, and comfort can be found quickly on the Appalachian Trail (AT).
Hiking in late September and early October is my personal favorite time of year. With temperatures in the low 70's and nothing but blue skies, it did not disappoint.