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From the top, you get your first unobstructed 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape. The underlying geologic structure is very apparent, with parallel northeast/southeast trending ridges all around you. We were fortunate to be here in the fall during good weather, and the views of the colorful landscape were glorious.
View from the Boot
Andrew on the Tooth
Towards the northeast
One last look
After a nice break at the top, we headed back down, looking forward to some more excellent driving (since we were primarily on a road driving trip, and this hike was just a short intermission!). We made good time heading back down, especially after reaching the saddle. The Boy Scout trail from there down to the Dragon's Tooth trailhead is well-maintained, graded, and has excellent footing. We arrived at the end trailhead just over three and a half hours after we started out. Excellent time!
courtesy LWard
Other hikers on the Tooth
About to Descend
Boy Scout Trail
Well-graded trail
Bottom of the ravine
Dragon's Tooth Trailhead on VA-311
A bit of post-hike shuttling and changing of clothes, and we were ready to go -- ready to tackle VA-311; our next twisty road adventure! (again, if you want to read about our fall 2008 twisty road trip, click here).
Interactive Trackmap & Photo Points - Dragon's Tooth - Click link below to expand
Hike Data - Dragon's Tooth Hike
Start Time: 8:19a.m.
End Time: 11:53a.m.
Duration: 3h33m
Distance: 7.57 km (4.7 mi)
Average Speed: 2.1 km/hr (1.3 mph)
Start Elevation: 1829ft (557m) *
Max Elevation: 3057ft (932m) *
Min Elevation: 1775ft (541m) *
End Elevation: 1775ft (541m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1247ft (380m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 1332ft (406m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
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