The following are the hikes led by the Vigorous Hikers leaders over the past years for use by leaders in planning future hikes:
Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015 – Camp
Roosevelt - (PATC Map G) Hike begins near the Camp Roosevelt Recreation Area
in the George Washington National Forest. We’ll first hike north on the
Stephens Trail and then hike south on the Massanutten Trail to the Gap Creek
Trail. On the Gap Creek Trail, we’ll descend to Crisman Hollow Road and return
on it to the parking lot. Distance is 18 miles with about 3000 feet of climb.
Tuesday February 17, 2015, -- Doubletop - Camp Hoover -
Big Meadows, Central District, SNP. (PATC Map 10) Parking at the end
of Rt. 645 we will take the Doubletop Mtn. trail over Doubletop. After visiting
Camp Hoover and Big Meadows we will return to the cars using Dark Hollow and
other trails. About 17.5 miles and 4200 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – Blue Ridge Center for Environmental
Stewardship and Harpers Ferry. Beginning at the Blue Ridge Center (www.blueridgecenter.org), we will
explore this nonprofit’s western trails that are to become part of a new state
park and then connect with the AT to Harpers Ferry. On the way back, we will explore the Center’s
eastern trails. Up to 18 miles with 3000
feet of ascent.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – Knob Mountain
Neighbor Mountain Circuit. PATC Map 9. Starting at
Jeremy's Run parking, hikers will take Jeremy's Run to Knob Mountain and do a
clockwise circuit at Knob Mountain Cutoff Trail, the AT, and Neighbor Mountain
with a stopover at Elkwallow for lunch. This appears to be about
18 miles with about 4500' of elevation gain.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 2015 - Dickey
Ridge and AT to Compton Peak and Chester Gap. (PATC Map 9) Beginning
in Front Royal we'll take the Dickey Ridge Trail and the AT to both Compton
Peak spurs, then return on the AT to US 522. Requires a short car shuttle.
About 17 miles and 3400 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Little Devils Stairs, Northern
District SNP. (PATC Map 9) Parking at the base of Little Devils Stairs Trail
(near the end of SR614), we’ll climb Little Devils Stairs Trail to the AT via
the Pole Bridge and Sugarloaf Trails. We’ll then head south on the AT to the
Neighbor Mountain trail and back to the start via Byrds Nest 4, the Hull School
trail and the Keyser Run Fire Rd – a total of about 18 miles, with 4200 ft. of
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Thompson Hollow to Elkwallow and Back -
Northern District SNP. (PATC Map 9) We will park in Thompson Hollow near
Bentonville VA. We will climb the Overall Run Trail to the AT and then take the
AT South to Elkwallow Gap. We will take the Knob Mountain Cutoff Trail and Knob
Mountain Trail North through Matthews Arm to the Beecher Ridge Trail and
descend the Beecher Ridge Trail for our return to Thompson Hollow. 18 miles and
4100 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - Great Falls - Virginia. We’ll
hike do a 15-16 mile exploring most of the Great Falls trails, up Difficult Run
a bit and then over to Riverbend Park. Rocks, cliffs, streams, the
Potomac and some short bushwhacks.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - "Arlington
Triangle" hike will use the Four Mile Run, Mount
Vernon, Custis and W&OD bike trails, with a circuit around TR Island. Total
length of the hike will be about 18.5 miles, with negligible elevation change.
Tuesday Dec. 23, 2014 –Sugarloaf Mt. Triple-Loop Tour,
Maryland. Closer in for the
holidays. We'll complete 6 of 7 colored trails along with part of the 7th, the
Yellow Trail, to total 15 miles and 3000 feet of ascent.
Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014 - Swift Run Gap to Simmons Gap and
return -Starting at Swift Run Gap
we will do a fast paced out-and-back along the Appalachian Trail in the
Southern District of Shenandoah National Park to Simmons Gap and return. Since
this is an out-and-back early turnabouts are possible based upon trail and
weather conditions. (19 miles with 4,700’ of elevation gain).
Tuesday Dec 9, 2014 - Shenandoah River State Park - We’ll hike most of the trails and all the
scenery in a 15-17 mile hike with 2000 feet of elevation gain. A short
bushwhack and a chance to see Bald Eagles.
December 2, 2014 - Massanutten Mountain - Strickler Knob,
Duncan Knob, Jawbone Loop. (PATC
G) Parking where the Massanutten Trail crosses Rt. 247 (Crisman Hollow Rd., N38
39 46.9 W78 35 53.9), we will hike down the Trail turning left where it meets
the Connector trail. Shortly up the trail we will turn and bushwhack to the top
of Strickler Knob and take the old Purple Trial to reconnect with the
Massanutten Trail. Turning left on Gap Creek Trail we will climb to Duncan Knob
before going on to the Jawbone Gap trail. After climbing to the view above the
Gap we take the Massanutten Trail back to the cars. About 17 miles with 3800
ft. of ascent.
Tuesday November 25, 2014
- Potomac Heritage Trail - Start at Turkey Run parking area (C-1) at
Tuesday November 18, 2014
– Sam’s Ridge/Hannah Run -
PATC Map 10. From the trailhead, we’ll climb Sam’s Ridge Trail to its
intersection with the Hazel Mountain Trail. Turning left we will then hike to
the Hot Short Mountain trail (turning right) and to the Nicholson Hollow Trail
(turning right). From there we’ll ascend via the Hannah Run Trail to the
Skyline Drive. We’ll then walk north on the Drive which will take us to Hazel
Mountain Trail at Meadow Spring. We will take Hazel Mountain and Sam’s Ridge
trails back to our cars. This circuit is 17 miles in length with approximately
5000 ft of climbing. Options available for shorter hike.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – Old Rag Traverse, Central District SNP - Beginning at the Whiteoak Canyon parking
area, we will do a short car shuttle to begin a 4-mile bushwhack up the south
ridge of Old Rag. We will then do a rare
descent of the north ridge via the Ridge Trail.
Based on remaining time, we will do some fast paced trail and road
hiking to return to the Whiteoak Canyon parking area; up to 13 miles with 5000
ft. of ascent. Less vigorous
non-bushwhacking alternatives will be available.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Central SNP - Leading Ridge
Around and Back. (PATC Map 10).
Starting at the access road (669) to Leading Ridge, hikers will complete a
tough climb to the AT, head N on the AT and then down Meadow Spring, Hazel Mtn,
Catlett Spur, and Hanna Run trails. Hikers will then climb up to the AT via the
Nicholson Hollow and Corbin Cabin Cutoff. On the AT they will head N and then
back down Crusher Ridge Trail and Rt. 669 back to the cars. 20.4 miles and 5400
feet of elevation gain. Options available to shorten the hike.
Tuesday October 28, 2014 – Fast tour of Rock Creek Park
and D.C. Trails. (PATC Map N) This
is the 6th annual DC grand circuit. We will travel around 19 miles and ascend
over 2000’, yet only need to use a handful of city blocks to do it. The rest of
the way will be through Washington’s beautiful and historic parks, with most of
the trip near and along Rock Creek. The rest of the way will utilize some or
all of Melvin Hazen, Dumbarton Oaks, Glover Archbold, Whitehaven, Battery
Kemble, and Wesley Heights Trails, as well as the C&O Canal tow path.
Convenient shortcuts are available.
Tuesday October 21, 2014 - SNP Pass Mountain to Buck Ridge Loop. (PATC Map 10) From the Pass Mtn. Trail parking area off Rt. 211 above Sperryville (after shuttling cars back to the Buck Hollow parking area) we will take the Pass Mtn. trail to the AT, follow the AT south to Leading Ridge trail and then north on SLD to the Hannah Run trail. We'll go down Hannah to the Catlett Spur trail to the Hazel Mountain trail and back to Rt 211 via the Buck Ridge trail. About 17.5 miles and 4000 feet of ascent. Leader – Tom Kloster email@example.com
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 – Caledonia State Park, Pa. : (PACT Maps 1 & 2-3). – We will do a
16-17 mile loop using the AT, a 5 mile section of the old AT and various park
trails. Caledonia Furnace, a lily pond and lots of rhododendron lined streams.
Tuesday, October 7 , 2014, Pocosin Hollow Trail, Pocosin
Trail, South River Road, South River Falls Trail, AT, Slaughter Trail (Central District, Shenandoah National Park
PATC Map 10). We will park on the right side of 667 after the bridge across
from the trailhead of Pocosin Hollow Trail. We will hike up Pocosin Hollow
Trail (becomes Pocosin Trail after crossing Pocosin Fire Road); bear right on
South River Road; turn left on South River Falls Trail (loop to AT and South
River picnic area); north on AT; right on Slaughter Trail; cross Conway River
to Middle River Road to cars. 18.5 mi., 4000.’
Tuesday September 30, 2014 – GWNF – Elizabeth Furnace
Hiking and Bushwhacking. (PATC Map
G) Something for everyone. Starting at the Signal Knob parking area, we will do
some vigorous hiking in and around Elizabeth Furnace. For bushwhackers,
objectives will include Richardson Knob and Buzzard Rock. 12 miles and
3500 feet of ascent with longer and shorter non-bushwhacking options.
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 - Up Piney River & Down
Thornton River: (PACT Map 9). -
Starting at the end Rt. 612 we will go up the AT via Thornton River, Hull
School, Fork Mtn., Piney Ridge and Piney Branch trails. After lunch at
Elkwallow Wayside we will return using the full length of the Thornton River
Trail. Approximately 18 miles and 3500 feet ascent. There are short-cut
options. We will have to coordinate parking to use three small areas along Rt.
Tuesday, Sept 16, 2014 - Browns Hollow Hikers will gather at the Massanuttens
Visitors Center and take the connecting trail to the Massanuttens heading
toward Browns Hollow. From there hikers will take Browns Hollow to Roaring Run,
make an out and back to Catherine Furnace. Hikers will continue on Roaring run
to the hill top where we will have lunch. Continuing on, hikers will take the
Massanutten Trail to Birds Knob and back to the Massanutten and the Visitor
Center. Elevation is ca. 3500'; mileage is ca. 17.5 miles. PATC Map H.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 - Staunton River Trail Loop –
Central District SNP - (PATC Map
10): We will climb the Staunton River Trail, Jones Mountain Trail, Cat Knob
Trail, and Laurel Prong Trail to the AT. We’ll then head north on the AT to
Milam Gap. We’ll descend the Mill Prong Trail through Rapidan Camp and return
to the start via the Laurel Prong, Fork Mountain and Staunton River Trails.
Approximately 20 miles with 4600 ft of climb. A shortcut is available.
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 - Mt. Marshall, AT, Bluff Trail,
Jordan River Splash down -. (PATC
Map 9 Northern District SNP) From Rt. 629 we will ascent up the Jordan River
Trail to the Mt. Marshall Trail to the AT where we will head south (we’ll have
lunch at Mt. Marshall peak) to Gravel Springs Gap. At Gravel Springs Gap we
cross the Drive and take the Bluff Trail to the Mt. Marshall Trail, on to the
Jordan River Trail with a splash down in the Jordan River Falls on our return.
This hike circuit is about 16.5 miles and 3300' ascent .
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Sleepy Creek WMA. Starting
at WV-9 we’ll hike south on the Tuscarora Trail to the Devil’s Nose. We'll
explore the scenic area around the Devil's Nose, then hike and bushwhack along
Sleepy Creek. We’ll climb up the ridge on an old road to the old
Tuscarora Trail and follow it north to the new Tuscarora Trail and the cars.
About 15-16 miles and 3300 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Nethers, Passamaquoddy,
Skyland and Back - Central District
SNP. (PATC Map 10) From the Old Rag parking lot we will go
up Nicholson Hollow Trail, the AT and the Passamaquoddy Trail to Skyland's back
door for a cool relaxing lunch in the restaurant or on the lawn. We will return
via the Horse Trail, Old Rag Fire Road, Corbin Mtn., and Nicholson Hollow
Trails. Approximately 18 miles and 3300 feet ascent. Short cut alternatives are
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Cunningham
Falls Catoctin Mtn Parks: PATC Map 5-6. This will be a clockwise
circuit of both Cunningham Falls and Catoctin Mtn Parks starting at Cunningham
Falls Manor Area/Visitor Center. We will be on the Catoctin Trail most of the
morning before descending to Cunningham Falls for a view and then take off for
Catoctin Mtn Park including views from Hog Rock, Blue Ridge, Thurmont, Wolf
Rock, and Chimney Rock before coming back across rte. 77 past Catoctin Hdqtrs
and Cat Rock. Hikers will turn south at the Catoctin Trail to return to the
parking lot at the Visitor Center. Total elevation gain will be close to 3500'
covering about 17 miles of trails.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - Cacapon Resort State Park Hike
and Optional Swim. Berkeley Springs, WV. We will meet at the nature
center and hike 15-16 miles up and down Cacapon Mountain using trails,
fire roads, and park roads, with lunch at a beautiful overlook with views of
four states. Afterwards, there will be an optional cooldown swim.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Austin and Furnace Mtn’s. and
Doyles River, (PACT Map 11) Starting at Madison Run Road, we will do a
clockwise circuit up Austin Mtn., Big Run Loop, the AT north to Doyle River,
Jones Run, AT south, to Black Rock and down the Furnace Mtn.trail back to
Madison Run. Approximately 19 miles and 3500 feet of ascent.
22, 2014 – Around
Hazel Mtn. - Central District SNP. (PATC Map
10) Starting at Rt. 600 we'll ascend to the AT via Hazel River, White Rocks,
Hazel Mtn., and Meadow Spring trails. We will take the AT to Leading Ridge
Trail and turn left to Skyline Drive and return to the start via Hanna Run, Catlett Mtn., Hazel Mtn. and Sam’s Ridge trails.
About 16 miles with a total of 3600 foot of ascent.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - Vigorous Hikers - Big Meadows Luncheon with Rose River Splash Down
- Central District SNP. From the Rose River trailhead, we will visit President
Hoover's Rapidan Camp before having lunch in the Spottswood Dining Room of Big
Meadows Lodge. After lunch we will descend to the trailhead for a splash down
in the Rose River; about 18 miles with 2800 feet of ascent with shortcut
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, - City of Frederick Watershed. (PATC
Map 5&6) We’ll do 16-17 miles in the area between Gambrill and
Cunningham Falls State Parks in Maryland using the Catoctin Trail, mountain
bike trails, old roads and a few scrambles to the top of rocks.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Knob Mtn/Neighbor Mtn /AT Loop (PATC
Map 9) Starting at Elkwallow picnic area: Jeremys Run to Knob Mt. Cutoff
Trail to Knob Mountain Trail, to Neighbor Mt. Trail, lunch at Byrd's Nest,
then north on AT to finish. About 18 miles and 4000' of ascent.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - AT/Sky Meadows. (PATC map 8).Beginning at the AT parking lot on Rte. 601 just north of Rte. 50, we will head south on the AT to Sky Meadows State Park where we will explore the trails and enjoy the views. About 16 miles with 3000 ft. of ascent.
Tuesday, June 17 2014 - Trout Pond/Great North Mountain, WV. (PATC Map F) Beginning at Trout Pond Recreation Area, home to WV’s only natural lake, we will do a figure 8 to the south including Long Mountain, Laurel Run, Stack Rock, North Mountain, and Trout Pond Trails, and end with a refreshing splashdown in Rockcliff Lake. About 16 miles with 3200 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, June 10 2014 - Central District, Shenandoah National Park, VA: Three Peaks Hike. (PATC Map 10) We’ll top three big peaks, all with great views. From White Oak Canyon Parking up Cedar Run to Hawksbill Summit, on to Stony Man via AT, down Old Rag Fire Road to Robertson Mt. Trail, up and over Robertson to complete loop via Weakley and Berry Hollow Fire Roads; about 17 miles with 5500 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, June 3 2014 - Rocky Mountain/Brown Mountain/Big Run - Southern District SNP. (PATC Map 11) From the mile 76.9 on Skyline Drive we will follow the Brown Mountain Trail to Big Run and Patterson Ridge Trails to Loft Mountain and finish up on the AT and a short stretch of Skyline Drive. Plenty of views and a great creek. 15-16 miles with 3000+ feet of ascent.
Tuesday, May27, 2014 - Around Pinnacles Ridge, Central District SNP. (PATC Map 10) From the Old Rag parking lot we will hike up Nicholson Hollow Trail and the Hannah Run Trail to Skyline Drive. We will then go down the Drive and the AT to the Corbin Cabin Cutoff. We will return down the Corbin Cabin Cutoff, up Indian Run and down the Corbin Mtn. and Nicholson Hollow trails to the parking lot. Approximately 18.1 miles and 4000 feet of ascent. There are shortcut options.
Tuesday, May 20 2014 - White Oak Canyon PATC Map 10--Starting at the White Oak Canyon parking lot we will climb the White Oak Canyon trail almost to the top before turning left onto the Limberlost trail to access the Crescent Rock trail shortly on the left. Crossing Skyline Drive we will take the trail down to the AT and head toward Fishers Gap. From there we will take the Skyland/Big Meadows trail to the Horse Trail and Cedar Run which will take us back to the parking lot. About 18 miles and 4500 feet of climbing.
Tuesday, May 13-Great Falls, Md. 2014 - On the Maryland side of Great Falls, we will hike Billy Goat A,B, and C along the Potomac River with a stop at the Great Falls Overlook. We will continue west and do a loop around Ford Mine Trail and return on the Gold Mine Loop and Valley trails. Approximately 15 mi. with about 1.5 miles of rock scrambling.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - Leading Ridge/Hannah Run/Nicholson Hollow/Crusher Ridge, Central District SNP. (PATC Map 10) Starting at the access road (669) to Leading Ridge hikers will complete a tough climb to the AT, follow along Skyline to Hannah Run and take it down to Nicholson Hollow. Hikers will then climb back up to the AT passing Corbin Cabin on the way. Hikers will then descend Crusher ridge down to 669, make a right and head for the parked cars near the Leading Ridge Trail. Approximately 16 miles and over 4300 feet of ascent. Options available to shorten the hike.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - AT North from Linden (PATC Map 7) - A fast paced hike on the AT from Linden to Signal Knob and back to Linden with an optional loop to the Thompson Wildlife Management Area. Distance will be 16 miles with about 3000 feet of elevation gain.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – Around Neighbor Mtn. & Thornton Hollow, Northern SNP (PATC map 9) : From Jeremy’s Run Overlook on Skyline Drive we will descend the abandoned Jeremys Hollow Trail to Jeremys Run, continue downstream to the Neighbor Mountain Trail. After ascending the Neighbor Mountain Trail, we will finish off the loop with the Hull School, Thornton River and Appalachian Trails. This circuit is about 16 miles in length with approximately 3800 ft of climb.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Little Devils Stairs, Northern District SNP. (PATC Map 9) Parking at the base of Little Devils Stairs Trail (near the end of SR614), we’ll climb Little Devils Stairs Trail to the AT via the Pole Bridge and Sugarloaf Trails. We’ll then head south on the AT to the Neighbor Mountain trail and back to the start via Byrds Nest 4, the Hull School trail and the Keyser Run Fire Rd – a total of about 18 miles, with 4200 ft. of ascent.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Annual Redbud Hike, Great North Mountain – GNWF, North Half. (PATC Map G) Reprising most of the route of the 1989-91 Dogwoods, Fetzer Gap to Gerhard Shelter and a loop back to Cedar Run, about a marathon distance (around 26 miles) and 5000 feet of ascent. Easy logistics and lots of shortcuts to chicken out.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - AT Roller Coaster PATC Map 8 Starting at VA 7 parking lot off of VA 601, we will take the blue-blazed AT access trail and head south (left) on the AT to Fishers Hill Loop and back. This will cover 7 major and minor hills two times for a total accumulation of 6600' and nearly 20 miles. Being an out and back, hikers can choose to limit their distance and elevation levels.
Tuesday March 25, 2014 – GWNF – Elizabeth Furnace Hiking and Bushwhacking. (PATC Map G) Something for everyone. Starting at the Signal Knob parking area, we will do some vigorous hiking in and around Elizabeth Furnace. For bushwhackers, objectives will include Richardson Knob and Buzzard Rock. 15 miles and 4500 feet of ascent for bushwhackers and 18 miles and 4000 feet of ascent for non-bushwhackers with shorter options.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – Dickey Ridge/Compton Peak - Northern District SNP. (PATC Map 9) From the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center we will hike on various trails to the top of Compton Peak and check out the views. We'll return down the AT to Compton Gap and find an old road leading down to the Lands Run Gap Road (option available). We'll visit a waterfall on our way back up to Dickey Ridge Trail and the cars. About 15 miles with 2500 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Thompson Hollow to Elkwallow and Back - Northern District SNP. (PATC Map 9) We will park in Thompson Hollow near Bentonville VA. We will climb the Overall Run Trail to the AT and then take the AT South to Elkwallow Gap. We will take the Knob Mountain Cutoff Trail and Knob Mountain Trail North through Matthews Arm to the Beecher Ridge Trail and descend the Beecher Ridge Trail for our return to Thompson Hollow. 18 miles and 4100 feet of ascent.
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