Appalachian Trail Section #53

Located 31.7 miles from Galax, Virginia (VA)

4 Stars
21,674 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)
Appalachian Trail: [ #001 - #212 ]

The Appalachian Trail (Section #53) has a maximum elevation of 3,343 ft (1,019 m), a minimum elevation of 2,400 ft (731 m), and an elevation gain of 27,073 ft (8,252 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #53 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,67410.1 mi2,400 ft3,343 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
4.0 hrs0.527,073 ft25,852 ft
[ B to A ]
3.9 hrs1.625,852 ft27,073 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #53?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #53 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,674 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #53?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #53 in 4.0 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.9 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Cedar Springs to Rural Retreat Topo Maps

Download free Cedar Springs to Rural Retreat topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Nebo, VA
  2. North Topo Map: Rural Retreat, VA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Crockett, VA
  4. West Topo Map: Atkins, VA
  5. Topo Map: Cedar Springs, VA
  6. East Topo Map: Speedwell, VA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Trout Dale, VA
  8. South Topo Map: Middle Fox Creek, VA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Elk Creek, VA

Is there a Appalachian Trail map for Section #53?

Yes, and they're free! The Appalachian Trail Section #53 is located on the Cedar Springs and Rural Retreat topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

AT053T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #53 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.

Local Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast; this weather forecast covers the Appalachian Trail Section #53, provided by the National Weather Service. (


  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.

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