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Past Hikes

The following are the hikes led by the Vigorous Hikers leaders over the past years for use by leaders in planning future hikes:

 2018 Hikes – Hiked and Planed through June
(see documents below for previous hikes)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – Overall Run -  Northern SNP (PATC Map 9). Parking at the end of VA 630 out of Bentonville, we’ll start on the Thompson Hollow Trail, turning right on the Overall Run Trail to the Beecher-Overall Connecting Trail. From there we’ll ascend to the Matthews Arm Campground on the Heiskell Hollow Trail. From Matthews Arm, we’ll follow the Elkwallow Trail to turn north on the AT and then back to the starting point on the Overall Run Trail. This circuit is about 16 miles with about 3500 ft of climb.
Leader
Tom Kloster  twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Vigorous Hikers - Knob Mountain/Neighbor Mountain Loop.  (PATC Map 9)  Starting at the Jeremy’s Run Trailhead, a clockwise loop of the Knob Mt., Appalachian, and Neighbor Mt. Trails with a splash-down near the end.  About 18.5 miles and 3500’ of ascent.
Leader: 
Mike Christiani  mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2018  - 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 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 available.
Leader
Steve Brown  swbmit77@verizon.net

Tuesday, June 5, 2018  – Massanutten Hike and Shenandoah Paddle (PATC Map G).  Beginning at the Downriver Canoe Company (http://www.downriver.com) at Bentonville Landing, climb the Tuscarora Trail to the Massanutten Trail south, descend the Indian Grave Ridge Trail to Seak Ford Landing, pick up the delivered kayaks or canoes to paddle down the Shenandoah back to Bentonville Landing. 12 miles hiking, 1800 ft. ascent, 12 miles paddling. Canoe/kayak reservations will be made by the Leader in advance. Non-paddling option available.
 Leader: Barry Winkelman (cfarerinc@gmail.com) 301-367-7547

Tuesday, May 29 - Vigorous Hikers - Little Schloss and Big Schloss Loop.  (PATC Map F)  Start and finish (with splashdown) at Little Stony Creek counterclockwise to the two most prominent rock outcroppings in the Great North Mt., GWNF.  About 18 miles and 3000’ of ascent. 
Leader
Bob Livezey  bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2018  - 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 17 miles with 3000 ft. of ascent.
Leader: Joan D’Alonzo - 
joandalonzo@gmail.com  302-530-4202

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 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. Total elevation gain will be close to 3400' covering about 17 miles of trails. 
David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018  - 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 for a 15 mile hike is available.
Leader: Gene Whitaker  genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 1, 2018  - Massanutten-Runkles Gap Splashdown.  GWNF (PATC Map H).  Starting at Runkles Gap we will explore some trails at the southern end of Massanutten Mountain with Kaylor Knob, Massanutten Peak, and The Kettle as highlights.  At the end of the hike, there will be an opportunity for a cooling splashdown in Boone Run.  About 15 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.
Leader:  Dave Green dkgreenva@hotmail.com

 Tuesday April 24 , 2018 - Austin Mt. Blackrock - Parking at the end of VA Rt 663, hike ascends the Madison Run Road and Austin Mountain Trail to the AT, north to turn on the Doyles River Trail, then the Jones Run Trail back to the AT, and back to the cars via the Blackrock Spur and Furnace Mountain Trails. The distance is 17 miles with 4100 feet of ascent. (N38.25685 W78.76920)
Leader: Tom Kloster  twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday April 17, 2018 AT North from Linden - (PATC Map 8) A fast paced hike on the AT from Linden to Sky Meadows SP; annual Trillium Hike. Distance will be 18 miles with around 3000 feet of elevation gain.
Leader: Joan D Alonzo  joandalonzo@gmail.com

Tuesday April 10, 2018 - 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 the Hull School trail and the Keyser Run Fire Rd. Total of about 18 miles, with 4300 ft. of climb. 
Leader -
Josh Silverman betula54@msn.com

Tuesday April 3, 2018 - 15th Redbud, Maryland Edition - We’ll attempt the entire length of the Catoctin Trail, 26.5 miles and about 5000’ of ascent. And we’ll do it with a normal carpool meeting time! Bailouts at approximately 20.5 and 22.5 miles possible.
Leader:
Bob Livezey    bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday March 27, 2018 - Roller Coaster - Roller Coaster - Beginning at the parking lot on route 7 we will hike south on the AT 12 miles to the trail leading to the Myron Glaser cabin and return to 605 for shuttles back to rte 7. Elev. 5000', 17.25 miles. PATC Map 8.
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com  703.596.2358

Tuesday March 20, 2018 - Up Buck Hollow and Around and Back – (PATC map 10) From the Rt. 211 parking area above Sperryville we will climb Buck Hollow and Skyline Drive to Hanna Run. We will then go down Hanna Run to Nicholson Hollow and up Hot Short Mtn. Trail. We will then take Hazel Mtn. Trail to Buck Ridge and back to the parking area.(17.5 miles and 3800 ft. of climb)
Leader: Gene Whitaker, GeneWhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 13, 2018  Cleared deadfalls and debris from trails felled by windstorm.

Tuesday March 6, 2018 - Tuscarora Trail, Devil’s Backbone and Capon Springs Relo. -  (PATC Maps F and L, although the “Relo” isn’t shown.) A beautiful 15-mile (2000’ of ascent) ridge tour from above the Shawnee Reservation south to Route 55 with a car shuttle.
Leader: Mike Christiani  mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 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 elevation.
Leader:
Gene Whitaker  genewhit@gmail.com    N38.69256 W78.27162

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Whiteoak Canyon and Hawksbill Mountain. (PATC Map 10) We will start at the Whiteoak Canyon Parking lot off Rte 600, we will then follow the Whiteoak Canyon Trail to the Horse Trail and cross the Skyline Drive and up to the top of Hawksbill. We will take the Salamander trail to the AT and on to Fishers Gap, then back via the Horse Trail and down Cedar Run Trail. (17 miles with 3,500 feet of elevation gain).
Leader:
 Phil Ayliff  philip.ayliff@kwccpa.com

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Cabin John Trail in Bethesda, Md. - We will do 17.6 miles in an out and back on the Cabin John Trail in Bethesda, Md. Start on MacArthur Blvd and go to Goya Drive and return.
Leader:
Lou Hurwitz  lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday February 6, 2018 - Great Falls and Riverbend Parks (VA). Description: We’ll hike about 15 miles exploring Great Falls NP trails, up Difficult Run a bit, and then over to Riverbend Park. Rocks, cliffs, woods, streams, and the Potomac.
Leader
Bob Livezey  bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - Elizabeth Furnace/Signal Knob -- (PATC Map G) Starting at Elizabeth Furnace, hikers will do a figure-8 to Shawl Gap, Sherman Gap, Meneka Peak, and Bear Wallow back down to Elizabeth Furnace. 17.5 miles and about 3800' elevation.
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – Mt Marshall and Around.  Northern Section of SNP (PATC Map 9). Starting at the end of SR 625, we'll climb the Mt Marshall trail to the Bluff trail which we'll follow to the AT.  Hiking north on the AT to Jenkins Gap, we'll return to the cars via the Mt Marshall trail. About 18 miles and 3000 feet of ascent.
Leader: Josh Silverman  betula54@msn.com

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Piney Ridge–AT–Hull School Trail Loop -- (PATC Map 9) Starting at the Keyser Run Fire Road at the end of VA614, we’ll take the Hull School Trail to the Piney Branch Trail and Piney Ridge Trail then climb to the Appalachian Trail and take it south to Beahm’s Gap.  Return via the Hull School Trail to parking. Approximately 17 miles with 3,500’ elevation gain.
 Leader: Steve Brown swbmit77@verizon.net

Tuesday January 9, 2018  - A Slice of HAM. - End-to-end hike on the Maryland AT from the Weaverton Rd parking lot north to the parking lot just over the Interstate 70 footbridge, with cars pre-positioned for return to the starting point. The distance will be 19.5 miles with about 4100 feet of ascent.
Leader:
Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday January 2, 2018 - Hickerson Hollow, Lands Run Bushwhack, and AT. (PATC Map 9) Starting where the AT crosses US 522 southeast of Front Royal, we will proceed to Lands Run Gap via Hickerson Hollow, descend the Lands Run Gap Road and then bushwhack up Lands Run to visit some waterfalls. We will then return to the starting point via the AT. About 13 miles with 3200 feet of ascent. For non-bushwhackers and those wishing more mileage, we may visit Compton Peak.
Leader - Dave Green dkgreenva@hotmail.com 703-536-5189

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