Sunrise Hikes: Bearfence Mountain

Sunrise over mountains

What’s better than waking up at 4:00 am to watch the sunrise at Bearfence in Shenandoah National Park?

Sunrise over mountains

Not much.

This was like the second “serious” hike I ever went on and, lemme tell you, hiking in the dark is something else (especially if you’re like me and can’t see very well even in broad daylight). But the views are worth it, especially just as the sun’s coming up over the mountains, and this hike is rather short – even my out of shape self got to the top in about 20 minutes.

Since this fateful time, which cemented my love of most things outdoor, I’ve hiked Bearfence at least a dozen times, half of which have been sunrise hikes, and the view never gets old.


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