The following are the hikes led by the Vigorous Hikers leaders over the past years for use by leaders in planning future hikes:
(see documents below for previous hikes)
25, 2017 – 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.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – South from Buck Hollow &
Back - We’ll climb the
Buck Hollow Trail to the drive. After a little way south we will take the
access road to Birds Nest 3 and then AT south. We will take 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. Approximately 18.3 miles and 3800 feet elevation.)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – 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.
4, 2017, 2017 - 14th
Redbud, Maryland Edition (PATC Map 5) – The 13th Redbud in April
2015 didn’t work out so well, but let’s try for a 14th this year with
something entirely different. 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.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 --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 606. Elev. 5000', 17.25 miles. PATC Map 8.
21, 2017 – Vigorous
Hikers- Austin Mountain-Blackrock Loop - (PATC Map 11) Parking at the end of VA Rt. 663, we’ll ascend the Madison
Run Road and Austin Mountain Trail to the AT, hike north to turn on the Doyles
River Trail, then follow 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
Tuesday March 14,
2017 - White Oak
Canyon – Hawksbill – Rose River - This
hike is a point to point hike starting at the White Oak Canyon Trail Head and
ending at the Rose River Trailhead. We will have cars pre-positioned at the
Rose River Trailhead. We will climb the White Oak Canyon Trail to the
Limberlost Trail and then head south to summit Hawksbill for lunch before
heading south on the AT to the Rose River Trail, which we will follow down to
the cars. (Approximately 19 miles and 4,500 feet of ascent)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Fox Hollow, Hickerson
Hollow, and Dickey Ridge (Northern SNP). Beginning at the Front Royal Skyline Drive Entrance Station, we
will climb Dickey Ridge via the abandoned Fox Hollow Trail and the little used
Hickerson Hollow Trail. Some
bushwhacking and road walking will be required, but non-bushwhackers and
non-road walkers can do an out and back on the Dickey Ridge Trail. About
17 miles with 3400 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 –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.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – Maryland
Appalachian Trail: A Second Helping of Ham (I70 to PennMar). Maryland
AT - Starting at the parking lot just above I-70 we'll hike north on the AT to
Pen Mar Park. Cars will be pre-positioned at the end to shuttle hikers back to
the beginning. A distance of 18.6 miles with about 3000 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Pass Mtn., The Pinnacle
& Buck Ridge. (PATC Maps 9 &10) From the Pass Mtn. Trail
parking area off Rt. 211 above Sperryville will take the Pass Mtn. trail to the
AT. Then down and up the AT to the Pinnacle. We will take Hanna Run, Catlett
Spur, Hazel Mtn., and Buck Ridge trails back to the Buck Ridge Trail parking
area. (Approximately 17.8 miles and 4,200 feet of total ascent.)
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 –Cedarville State Forest, Brandwine, MD.
Cedarville Easy (relatively flat), but
fast (3.5 mi/hr), hike of all the trails in Cedarville State Forest, southern
P.G./northern Charles County, MD. 20 mi. Negligible elevation. Cedarville State
Forest is 15 mi. south from Beltway exit 7A.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017--Prince William Forest. We
will do a counter-clockwise circuit of
the Prince William Forest Park starting on the east
side of the park and covering several trails for 18.5 miles with 1700' of
elevation. PWF Map
Tuesday January 24, 2017 - Knob Mountain/Neighbor Mountain Loop .
Starting near Rileyville VA, we will hike the Knob Mountain Trail over Knob
Mountain eventually gaining the Appalachian Trail(AT). We will take the AT
south to the Neighbor Mountain Trail which we will use to complete our circuit.
Approximately 15 miles with 4000' of elevation gain.
Tuesday January 17, 2017 - 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.
Tuesday January 10, 2017 - A Slice of HAM. - A fast paced 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. Cars will be pre-positioned for
return to the starting point. The distance will be 19.5 miles with about 2500
feet of ascent.
Tuesday January 3, 2017 - SNP – Mary’s Rock Bushwhack and
Hazel Mountain Hike. (PATC Map
10) Something for everyone. Starting at Thornton Gap, we will
determine whether it’s faster to bushwhack up to Marys Rock or take the
trail. Afterward the bushwhackers and
hikers will join forces for some fast paced hiking in the Hazel Mountain region
including White Rocks and The Pinnacle. 16 miles and 4000 feet of ascent with
short cut options.
27, 2016 - Arlington
Triangle hike - Starting at
Bluemont Park in Arlington, we’ll follow the Four Mile Run and W&OD bike
trails to the Mount Vernon trail. We’ll then turn upriver on the Mount
Vernon and after doing a circuit around Teddy Roosevelt Island, we’ll follow
the Custis trail back to the W&OD and return Bluemont Park. Total
length of the hike will be about 18.5 miles, with negligible elevation change.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 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 18.5 miles and 3800 feet
elevation. There are short-cut options.
Tuesday December 13, 2016 - 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 from the Buzzard Rock Overlook and Buzzard Rock via the
abandoned trail from the fish hatchery. 12 miles and 3500 feet of ascent
with longer and shorter non-bushwhacking options.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Hemlock Overlook to
Fountainhead. We will hike the Bull Run Occoquan Trail from Hemlock Park in
Clifton, Va. through Bull Run Marina to Fountainhead Park. Out and back, 22
miles and 3300 ft of ascent.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Fast tour of Rock Creek Park
and D.C. Trails. - (PATC Map
N) This is the 8th 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
half of the trip near and along Rock Creek. The route will most likely be the
one used in 2013 that includes the infamous culvert scramble. Convenient
shortcuts are available.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - Potomac Heritage Trail- Potomac Heritage Trail from Turkey Run Park
to Teddy Roosevelt Island and return. 18 miles with 2000’ of elevation. Meet
8am at Turkey Run Park off of George Washington Parkway.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016-- Sams Ridge/Hannah Run (PATC
Map 10) After climbing Sams Ridge, we will do a clockwise loop to include all
of Hazel Mountain and Hannah Run Trails. ca. 17.5 miles, with 4600' of
Tuesday November 8, 2016 - Great North Mountain, GWNF. (PATC
Map F). Starting at Bucktail Parking, we will climb Bucktail Cutoff Trail to
Halfmoon Trail over to Halfmoon Lookout with views of Mill Mountain and Long
Mountain. We then continue down German- Wilson, Bucktail and Capon trail to
Waites Run Dr returning up Tuscarora Pond Run trail to Half Moon and then down
Bucktail Cutoff Trail. Over 18 miles and 3200 feet of ascent.
Tuesday November 1, 2016 - Three Peaks Hike. Central District, Shenandoah National Park, VA:
(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 18.5 miles with 5000 feet of
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - Sugarloaf Mt. Triple-Loop
Tour, Maryland. We'll complete 6 of 7 colored trails along with part of the
7th, the Yellow Trail, to total 15.5 miles and 3500 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 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
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - New Market Gap North – Beginning at New Market Gap we’ll
take the Massanutten Connector Trail to the Massanutten Trail. We will
then go north visiting the summits of both Strickler and Duncan Knobs. Then
return to parking via the Scothorn Gap and Massanutten Trails. Approximately 15
miles with 3,800’ of elevation gain.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - Buzzard Rock/North
Massanutten. (PATC Map G). 8:00am. Starting at the Buzzard Rock
Trailhead on Route 613, we will take the Buzzard Rock Trail to Shawl Gap, where
we will make a loop including the Shawl Gap Trail, Route 613, Sherman Gap
Trail, and the Massanutten Trail, and then return on the Buzzard Rock Trail.
About 16 miles.
Tuesday September 27, 2016 - Brown's Hollow &
Catherine Furnace - Starting at the commuter lot on VA 211 near New
Market hikers will head south on the Massanutten & do a figure 8
going to Catherine Furnace first and the old Visitor Center. ca. 19 miles &
4100' of elevation. PATC map H.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – Conway River Trail, Bearfence Rocks, Pocosin Hollow - (SNP PATC Map
10) We’ll ascend the Conway River Trail to Bootens Gap and then travel south on
the AT to the Bearfence Rocks Trail and then continue south on the AT and
descend the Pocosin Fire Road and Pocosin Hollow Trail. About 16.4 miles and
3000 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – Overall Run Trail Circuit - In the
northern section of Shenandoah National Park (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.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 – Signal Knob via Rhodes and Doll Ridges –
GW National Forest. Starting near Toms
Brook on the Tuscarora Trail, we will cross the North Fork of the Shenandoah
River, climb Rhodes and Doll Ridges to Three Top Mountain and then on to Signal
Knob. On the return, we will climb
Meneka Peak and visit the Strasburg Reservoir and Powells Fort Camp; about 15
miles with 3500 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 – Rocky Mtn Fire Hike. (PACT Map 11) From the Brown Mtn. Overlook (mile 77 on the Skyline Drive) we will take the Brown Mountain Trail over Rocky Mountain to Big Run seeing the effects of the 2016 fire. We will then go up the Rockytop trail through an area burned in 2002 1986 and down the Big Run Portal trail and up Rocky Mountain Run trail and back to the parking area. About 19 miles and 4,000 elevation.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - Wolf Trap to Meadowlark Gardens, Lake
Fairfax and CCT. We will start at Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts
and hike the new trail around the park. Then we follow Wolf Trap Run through
the woods to Cinnamon Cree and over to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Follow
Meadowlark Perimeter Trail and over to the WO&D out to Lake Fairfax and
return through Colvin Run Stream Valley and to CCT Trail and back over to Wolf
Trap Park. Approximately 18 mi.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Central District, Shenandoah National Park (PATC Map 10), Pocosin Hollow Trail, Pocosin Trail, South River Road, South River Falls Trail, AT, Slaughter Trail, Conway River Trail. Park on the right side of Rt. 667. Hike up Pocosin Hollow Trail. Rt on Pocosin Fire Road. Left on Pocosin Trail. Rt before cemetery. Rt on South River Fire Road/Trail; hairpin left on South River Falls Trail to observation deck (loop to AT and South River picnic area); north on AT; rt on Slaughter Trail; rt on Conway River Trail; cross Conway River to Middle River Road to cars. 20 mi., 4300.’
Leader: Barry Winkelman (firstname.lastname@example.org) 301-367-7547
9, 2016 - 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.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016, – 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 a
leisurely 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 options.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 -Leading Ridge Around and
Back- Central SNP (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. At the AT they will head N and then back down Leading Ridge to
the cars. Approximately 18 miles and 5450 feet of elevation gain. Options exist
to shorten the hike.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, - Cacapon State Park Hike with
optional Splashdown. 8:45am. Starting at the nature center, we will explore
the park using the park trails, a fire road and a gravel road, making two
climbs of Cacapon Mountain. Optional splashdown at the swimming beach
afterward. About 16 miles, 3400 feet elevation gain.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 -- Trout
Pond/Great N. Mtn (PATC Map
F) Starting at the Fisherman's Trail parking lot we will do a
counterclockwise circuit of TPRA and surrounding trails to end up at Rockcliffe
Lake. 17 mi. ca. 3500'.
Tuesday, July5, 2016 -
Vigorous Hikers, Dickey Ridge out and back. Northern SNP. Climb
Dickey Ridge Trail to AT intersection (Carson Mountain) where we will have
lunch and then come back on DRT. Total of 19.5 miles, with 3000 ft. climb.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 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 17miles with 3000 ft. of ascent.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - Around Hazel Mountain. We'll circle
Hazel Mt., starting at Rt. 600 and ascending to the AT via Hazel River, White
Rocks, Hazel Mt., and Meadow Spring Trails. We will then follow the AT to the
Leading Ridge Trail (or shortcut) and return to the start via the Skyline Drive
and Hanna Run, Catlett Mt., Hazel Mt. and Sam’s Ridge Trails. About 16 miles
with a total of 3600' of ascent. (see attached map or PATC Map 10).
A splashdown at the end is possible.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 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.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – Great Falls Billy Goats. - (Great Falls, Md.) We will hike Billy Goat B,
C, and A and then go to the Overlook for lunch. Then we do the River Trail,
Ford Mine Trail, Overlook Trail and take the Berma road back to the start.
Total of about 16 miles with 1 ½ miles of rock scrambling.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 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.
Approximately 20.1 miles and 4000 ft. cumulative elevation climb. Shortcuts
available. (18.3 mi. if skip Meadow Spring Trail and take fire/access road to Byrds Nest)
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – Massanutten Hike and Shenandoah Paddle (PATC
Map_G) Beginning at the Downriver Canoe Company at Bentonville
Landing on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, we will climb the Tuscarora
Trail and follow the Massanutten Trail south. We will descend the Indian Grave
Ridge Trail to Seak Ford Landing where we will eat lunch and pick up the
delivered kayaks or canoes to paddle down the Shenandoah back to Bentonville
Landing; about 12 miles of hiking with 1800 ft. of ascent and 12 miles of
paddling. Check the Downriver Canoe Company website at http://www.downriver.com
for directions, rental fees, release forms, and water levels. Canoe/kayak
reservations will be made by the Leader in advance. A non-paddling option will
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - Massanutten-Runkles Gap Splashdown. Starting at Runkles Gap we will explore some
trails at the southern end of Massanutten Mountain with Kaylor Knob and
Massanutten Peak as highlights if permission from Massanutten Resort is
obtained. At the end of the hike, there
will be an opportunity for a cooling splashdown in Boone Run. At least 15 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.
Tuesday May 10, 2016 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. ca. 17 miles, with 3400' of elevation.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - AT Out and Back, Thornton Gap to
Stony Man, Central District SNP. (PATC Map 10) Non-stop great views on this
two-way tour of several central district big peaks with about 19 miles and 5000
feet of ascent.
Tuesday April 26, 2016 – 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.
Tuesday April 19, 2016 – Vigorous Hikers- Austin Mountain-Blackrock Loop - (PATC Map 11) Parking at the end of VA Rt.
663, we’ll ascend the Madison Run Road and Austin Mountain Trail to the AT,
hike north to turn on the Doyles River Trail, then follow 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
12, 2016 - On The Old Dogwood Course. GNWF, (PATC Map F) The hike will be close to
18 miles and have about 4000’ of ascent (see PATC Mag G). The hike will
be a figure 8 mostly using the Sherman Gap Trail (Pink) on the way out from
Elizabeth Furnace and the Tuscarora Trail (Blue) on the way back.
5, 2016 - Pocosin Hollow, Bear Fence and Back: (PACT map
10) Form parking area on 667, up Pocosin Hollow trail and Pocosin Fire
Road past the PACT Pocosin Cabin to the AT. Then we will go north on the AT to
the Bearfence Trail loop and back to Slaughter Trail and down to Rt. 667 and
back to cars. Approximately 16 miles and 3400 feet elevation.
Tuesday Mar. 29, 2016 -- Roller Coaster Hike: (PATC
Map 10) We will start at route 7 and head south on the AT for 12 miles to
the access trail for the Myron Glaser cabin. Hikers will turn around at that
point and travel back 5 1/4 miles back to 605 where we will have car shuttles
back to the starting point. 5000' of elevation, 17 1/4 miles.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – Bull Run - Hemlock to Fountainhead. Bull Run Occoquan Trail is a secluded gem
hidden in the midst of Fairfax County and Prince William County. We will start
our trail portion at Hemlock Park in Clifton, Va. following the blue blazes
through Bull Run Marina to Fountainhead Park. Out and back, 22 miles and 3300
ft of ascent.
15, 2016 – Old Rag Parking Lot to Stony Man & Back - (PATC Map 10) From the Old Rag parking
lot we will go up the Fire Road, over Robinson Mountain and on up the Fire Road
to the Skyland Horse Trail and on to Stony Man. After lunch we will take
the AT on north to the Nicholson Hollow Trail and return using Nicholson
Hollow, Indian Run and Corbin Mtn. trails. (19 miles and 4800 feet elevation)
Good shortcut return continuing on Nicholson Hollow Trail (17 miles, 3,900).
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - Jeremys Run/Kibler Knob/Three
Sisters/Neighbor Mountain Bushwhack (Northern
SNP). Beginning at Jeremys Run trailhead on VA 611, we will ascend the
ridge west of Green Hollow to Kibler Knob. Then we will climb the Three Sisters
to intersect the Neighbor Mountain Trail. Depending on trail conditions and
time, we will return to the trailhead via the AT, Jeremys Run, or Knob Mountain
Trails or the abandoned Jeremys Hollow Trail. Up to 17 miles with 4000 feet of
ascent including 4 miles off trail. A non-bushwhacking alternative will be
Tuesday, March 1, 2016: - 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 up to Limberlost Trail
and follow the Crescent Rock Trail to the AT via Byrds Nest (lunch) to Fishers
Gap, then back down via the Horse Trail and Cedar Run Trail. (18 miles with
3,500 feet of elevation gain).
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – Pass Mtn., The Pinnacle & Buck
Ridge. (PATC Maps 9 &10)
From the Pass Mtn. Trail parking area off Rt. 211 above Sperryville will take
the Pass Mtn. trail to the AT. Then down and up the AT to the Pinnacle. We will
take Hanna Run, Catlett Spur, Hazel Mtn., and Buck Ridge trails back to the
Buck Ridge Trail parking area. (Approximately 18 miles and 4,200 feet of total
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - Great Falls trails - We’ll hike about 15 miles exploring Great
Falls trails, up Difficult Run a bit, and then over to Riverbend Park.
Rocks, cliffs, streams, the Potomac and some short bushwhacks.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 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
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Cedarville State Forest,
Brandywine, MD. Easy (flat),
but fast (3.5 mi/hr) hike of all the trails in Cedarville State Forest,
southern P.G./northern Charles County, MD. 19.5 mi. Negligible elevation.
Cedarville State Forest is 15 mi. south from Beltway exit 7A. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/cedarville.asp.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Cancelled
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - Dickey Ridge Exploration and
Bushwhack (Northern SNP). Beginning at the Front Royal Skyline Drive
Entrance Station , we will attempt to climb Dickey Ridge via some abandoned and
little used trails such as Fox Hollow and Hickerson Hollow. Bushwhacking will be
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - Prince William Forest Hike (Park Service
Map) We will do a counter-clockwise circuit of the Prince William Forest starting
on the east side of the park and covering most of the North Valley and South
Valley trails. About 17.5 miles with 1600' of elevation.
January 5, 2016 - 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 4380 feet of ascent.
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