Broad Run Mountain – Lick Branch

8.8 miles, Strenuous

$2.50 carpool fee, 26 miles from Roanoke

The hike will start at the Lick Branch Trailhead, (the one on the New Castle side of Broad Run Mountain –near the Ferrier Trailhead). We will bushwhack up one of the main side ridges till we reach the top of Broad Run Mountain. The hike will then follow the ridgeline to the intersection with the Lick Branch Trail. We will turn onto the Lick Branch Trail, which will lead us back down the mountain, down Lick Branch and back to the trailhead. Although the first half of the hike is off-trail there is limited undergrowth so the footing is easy; however there is considerable elevation gain. If it is too brushy I’ll change the hike and we will do a Ferrier-Lick Branch loop of 7.6 miles.