June 3, 2015.
On our first weekend off, we decided to do some exploring in the New River Gorge. I’d heard a lot about the Endless Wall Trail but found relatively few photos online, so we set off.
Directions: From I-19, turn onto Lansing-Edmond Road (if you’re coming from south, it’s the second right after the New River Gorge Bridge.) The trailhead will be on the right a few miles in. You’ll pass 2 other parking areas for other trails.
The trail starts at a gentle downhill slope, but it’s a very well maintained trail. There’s a trail camera near the beginning of the trail, so be careful what faces you’re making as you pass by…ha. The trail follows the creek for the first portion and has a small bridge over the creek. It’s much sandier on the other side of the creek, but that quickly gives way to a dirt path once more. It begins a relatively short and somewhat steep climb uphill after crossing over a bridge made from 2 logs. The forest is much drier here. At the top of this incline, the trail splits 2 ways – one to the overlook and the other to the climbing access.
We chose the path to the climbing access, since we were scoping out the climbing scene as well. Before descending down a metal ladder affixed to the rock face, the trail does feature an overlook, and this in itself would make for a decent short hike. The trail to the official overlook is much longer.
This is the view from the top of the rock before you climb down the set of 2 metal ladders. While the ladders do have some tread on them, going on a rainy day is certainly an adventure. At the bottom of the ladder, you’re greeted with the climbing areas. The wall stretches on for a long, long way. We followed the trail around the base to look at climbs and stopped around a small waterfall that begins at the top of the rock wall before heading back.
The Burrito Bar is also located just off of Lansing-Edmond road, so we stopped for food on the way back. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.