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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:

Tuesday Vigorous Hikes for January - April 2015  (see documents below for previous hikes)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015- AT North from Linden (PATC Map 8). A fast paced hike on the AT from Linden to Signal Knob.  Distance will be 16 miles with around 3000 feet of elevation gain.
Leader: Joan D'Alonzo, joandalonzo@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Rose River Bushwhack – Central District SNP  Beginning at the Rose River trailhead, we will bushwhack up Climbing Rose Falls and investigate Buzzard Rocks and Spitler Hill and return doing some fast-paced trail and fire road hiking; up to 15 miles with 5000 ft. of ascent. A non-bushwhacking alternative will be available.
LeaderDave Green, 703-536-5189,  dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - Annual Redbud Hike, Great North Mountain – GNWF, North Half. (PATC Map G) Train for the HAM!  Reprising most of the route of the 1989-91 Dogwoods, Fetzer Gap to Gerhard Shelter and a loop back to Cedar Run, a little more than a marathon distance (around 28 miles) and 6000 feet of ascent. Easy logistics and 17 and 24 mile shortcuts to chicken out.
Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Great Falls, MD - 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.
Leader: Mike Christiani mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - AT Roller Coaster. (PATC Map 8) Starting at route 7 hikers will take the access trail to the AT and head south and cover a little over 12 of the 14 miles of trail that ends at route 50.  Hikers will turn around at the trail leading to the Myron Glaser cabin and return to 605 where shuttles will be available to take hikers back to route 7.  Being an out and back, there will be several opportunities to cut the hike short.  The mileage estimate is 17 miles with about 5000' of ascent.
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com 703.596.2358

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - Maryland Appalachian Trail: The Slice of Ham. Maryland AT - Starting at the Weaverton Cliffs parking lot, we'll hike north on the AT to the parking lot just above I-70. Cars will be pre-positioned at the end to shuttle hikers back to the beginning.  A distance of 19.5 miles with 2500 feet of ascent.
Leader: Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - Massanutten Mountain: Strickler Knob, Duncan Knob, Jawbone Loop.  (PATC  map G) Beginning at the Rt. 211 parking area east of New Market Gap, we will climb 3 high points offering spectacular views. We hike up the Massanutten Connector Trail. Shortly before the Massanutten Trail we will turn and bushwhack up to the top of Strickler Knob and take the unmapped 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 Connector Trail and the cars. About 18 miles with 4200 ft. of ascent.
Leader: Gene Whitaker, genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 10, 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.
Leader: Duncan Thompson duncanjt@verizon.net, 703-527-234

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - South from Buck Hollow & Back - We’ll climb the Buck Hollow Trail to the AT. Take the AT south and then take the Corbin Cabin Cutoff trail and Nicholson Hollow trails east. We’ll then take the Hannah Run Trail and Catlett Spur Trail north to the Hazel Mountain trail and descend the Buck Ridge trail to our start. Shortcuts available depending on snow conditions.
Leader: Gene Whitaker, genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015 – Old Rag Parking Lot to Stoney Man & Back - (PATC Map 10) From the Old Rag parking lot we will go up the Fire Road, over Robinson Mountain, up to Skyland Horse Trail and back down using Corbin Hollow Trail. (14.5 miles and 3700 feet elevation in the snow and ice)
Leader: Gene Whitaker GeneWhit@gmail.com

Tuesday February 17, 2015, Cancelled due to snow covered roads.

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.
Leader:  Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com, 703-536-5189

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 19 miles with about 4500' of elevation gain. 
David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com, 703.596.2358

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 4000 feet of ascent.
Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

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 18.5 miles, with 4800 ft. of ascent.
Leader: Tom Kloster, twk07@comcast.net

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.
Leader: Steve Brown swbmit77@verizon.net

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.
Leader: Duncan Thompson duncanjt@verizon.net, 703-527-234

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