Smith Mountain West

9 and 10.5 mile options; About 23 miles from the Krogers at Westlake in Moneta. Strenuous.

This hike is all about the views. We will visit several rocky outcroppings which look at the entire Smith Mountain Lake basin….views of the lake, and both the Blackwater and Roanoke Rivers. The Blue Ridge to the left as well as the Peaks to north are clear. We will also descend down a steep trail to the dam which follows the route of the SML 50k run. All of the hike except for the descent to the dam will be on forestry road following the ridge of Smith Mountain. Lots of ups and downs along the ridge. An alternate meeting place is my house on the lake. BBQ and “refreshments” after the hike at my house. Text me if you want to meet me there. (804) 852-7653