The following are the hikes led by the Vigorous Hikers leaders over the past years for use by leaders in planning future hikes:
December 29, 2015 - 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
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - Browns Hollow/Catherine Furnace (PATC Map H) - Starting at the commuter lot
on 211, hikers will do a figure eight on Browns Hollow to Catherine Furnace and
back. About 19 miles with 3600' of elevation.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015, - Potomac Heritage Trail- Start at Turkey Run parking lot (C-1) at 8:00
AM. We will hike to Teddy Roosevelt Island and return traveling next to the
beautiful Potomac River. 17 miles with 2,000 feet elevation.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - Hughes River - Thorofare Mountain Bushwhack (Central SNP) - Beginning at the Old Rag parking lot, we
will ascend the Hughes River and bushwhack up and down Thorofare Mountain to
climb Pinnacle Peak and visit settlement ruins. We will then descend to
Corbin Cabin and climb to the AT via maintained trails. Depending on the time,
we will return to the Hughes River by bushwhacking down either the Camp Ridge
or Pinnacle Ridge, both of which had tails at one time. About 15 miles with
4000 feet of ascent. A non-bushwhacking alternative will be available.
December 1, 2015 –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, November 24, 2015 - New Market Gap North – We’ll take the Massanutten Connector
Trail to the Massanutten Trail over Kerns Mountain and then proceed North to
Jawbone Gap. Return via the Gap Creek Trail through Scothorn Gap. Time
permitting, there will an optional out-and-back to ascend Duncan Knob at the
Northern end of the hike. Without the option, approximately 15 miles with 3,700
feet of climb.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - Capital Crescent/Rock Creek/NW DC
Loop - (PATC Map N and http://www.cctrail.org/index.html )
A new route for our 7th annual tour of the city’s best trails: Starting and
ending at Cleveland Park Metro, we’ll traverse clockwise through the
Northwest’s parks, along 7.5 miles of the Capital Crescent Trail through
Bethesda/Chevy Chase, and return south through Rock Creek Park. About 19 miles
and 2000 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, November 10, 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 Compton Peak, then return on the AT to US 522. Requires a short
car shuttle. About 17 miles and 4000 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – Mike Christiani - Central District, Shenandoah National Park, VA: Three Peaks Hike. (PATC Map 10) - We’ll top thrN38.87111 W78.20446ee 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, October 27, 2015 – Skyland Ice Cream Hike - (PATC Map H) Beginning at the Old Rag parking area, we
will climb to Skyland via the Nicholson Hollow, Corbin Cabin Cutoff, AT, and
Passamaquoddy Trails. There we will have a leisurely lunch with ice cream and
other food from the Skyland Lodge. Those not wishing to indulge may do an out
and back to Bushytop & Millers Head. We will then return to the parking
area via Skyland-Big Meadows Trail, Old Rag Fire Road, Corbin Hollow Trail, and
Weakley Hollow Fire Road. Short cut options are available.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 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. There are short-cut options.
Tuesday October 13, 2015 – Little Devils Trail and Neighbor Mtn. - 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.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – Tuesday, October 6 – Stony Man PL-Big Meadows and Back
(PATC 10). Meet at the Stony Man
parking lot off Skyline Drive by entrance to Skyland. We’ll hike the AT south,
looping around Big Meadows, lunch at Byrd Visitor Center, then the Horse Trail
back to the AT north. On the way back to the parking lot we will go over Hawks
Bill summit. 19 mi., 3900 ft.
Tuesday, Sept 29, 2015 - Trout Pond/Great North Mtn Starting at Fisherman's
Trail we will a counter-clockwise circuit of the Trout Pond Recreation Area and
surrounding trails. Swimming afterwards. PATC Map F. 18 miles, 4000' of
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - Sugarloaf Mt.Triple-Loop Tour, MD
- Join me on Tuesday for a
fast-paced grand tour of almost all of the trails of Sugarloaf Mountain. The
hike is 15 miles with perhaps 3500 feet of ascent. We'll complete 6 of 7
colored trails along with part of the 7th, the Yellow Trail, to total 15 miles
and 3500 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - Buzzard Rock to Signal Knob -
Massanutten Mountain, George Washington National Forest, Virginia. (PATC
Map G) Parking at the Buzzard Rock Trail lot on SR 619, we'll use Buzzard Rock
Trail, Tuscarora Trail, & Massanutten Trail to reach the Signal Knob
parking lot on SR 678, with a short shuttle to retrieve cars. About 16 miles
and 3,500 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - AT: Keys Gap to Harpers Ferry/Maryland Heights.
(PATC Map 7). Parking near Keys Gap on Route 9, we will head north on the
AT to Harpers Ferry, the C&O Canal towpath, and Maryland Heights.
After climbing Maryland Heights, we will return to Harpers Ferry for lunch and
ice cream before heading back down the trail. About 16 miles.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 -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 17 miles and 5150 feet of elevation gain. Options exist
to shorten the hike.
Tuesday, August 25, 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 and down the 4WD
Trail to the Rapidan Fire Road. Going through Camp Hoover we will go up the
Mill Prong Trail to the AT and Tanners Ridge horse trail and past the Big
Meadows visitors center to the Skyline Drive. We will return to the cars using
Dark Hollow Falls Trail, Rose River Fire Rd., Stony Mtn. Trail, Rapidan Fire
Road, and Upper Dark Hollow Trail. 17.5 miles and 4200 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Vigorous Hike: 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, August 11, 2015 – Southern Pennsylvania AT and Side
Trails. (PATC Map 4) From the Old Forge Picnic Area we will hike on
the AT, mountain bike trails, horse trails and a few PATC trails for an
unmeasured 15-17 miles and unknown but between 2000-3000 feet of ascent.
Streams, views, rocks. Hopefullywe won’t get too lost. We will do 3
loops from parking area. After 2 loops we should be in the 11-12 mile
range for anyone who needs to leave early.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Springs,
WV. Starting at the Nature Center we will climb Cacapon Mountain via
the Laurel and Ziler trails, loop around the mountaintop on the Ziler Loop,
making another ascent. We will then head south on the mountaintop fire
road for three miles to the mountain overlook for lunch. We will then
head downhill for three miles on the gravel road to Batt Picnic area, where we
will pick up the Central Trail across the mountain, then take the Tower Trail
and Piney Ridge trail to the lodge, then back to the cars. About 16 miles, 3400
feet of elevation gain.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
- Jordon River Loop - (PATC Map 9). Parking at the end of SR 629, we'll
ascend the Jordon River Trail and continue to the AT at Gravel Springs Gap via
the Mt Marshall and Bluff trails. We'll then hike north on the AT to
Jenkins Gap and back to the cars via the Mt Marshall and Jordon River
trails. About 16 miles with 2500 feet of ascent.
Tuesday July 14, 2015 -Big Meadows Luncheon with Rose River Splash
at the Rose River trailhead, we will climb the Fire Road and Upper Dark Hollow
Trail to President Hoover's Rapidan Camp. Then we will climb Mill Prong
Horse Trail and Rapidan Fire Road to Big Meadows Lodge for a leisurely luncheon
in the Spottswood Dining Room. See the attached lunch and dessert
menus for selections. After lunch, we will descend the Dark Hollow
Falls Trail and the Rose River Fire Road to the trailhead where there will be
an opportunity to cool down in a Rose River swimming hole below the parking
area. See the attached map for more details; about 18 miles and 2800 ft.
of ascent. Short cut options are available.
Thursday, July 7 - 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. (see attached map)
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 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. We'll stay cool by staying high.
Tuesday June 23, 2015 - Cunningham Falls/Catoctin Mtn.: A
clockwise circuit of both Cunningham Falls and Catoctin Mtn
Parks starting at Cunningham Falls Manor Area/Visitor Center and
taking in the views at Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock, Blue Ridge, Thurmont, Wolf
Rock, Chimney Rock and Cat Rock. Total ascent will be close to 3500'
covering about 17 miles of trails.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 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 9, 2015 - Paw Paw Tunnel. Starting
on the C&O towpath we’ll veer off and explore the area south of the tunnel,
visiting an abandoned tunnel and bridge of the Western Maryland RR and views of
the operating CSX system on old roads and bushwhacking through and open
forest. Afterwards we continue east on the towpath and other trails
before turning back and going through the 3100 foot Paw Paw Tunnel.
Estimated15-16 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain. Two bushwhacks are
necessary but are easy.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
- Austin Mountain - Blackrock Loop, Southern District SNP (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, May 26, 2015 - Hemlock Overlook to Fountainhead Park
and Return – Starting in Clifton VA we will hike the blue blazed trail
along Bull Run from Hemlock Overlook to Fountainhead Regional Park and
return. Approximately 20 miles with 2000’ vertical elevation gain.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – 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 12, 2015 – Big Schloss, Tibbet Knob, and
Woodstock Reservoir – Great North Mountain. (PATC Map F) Starting at Little
Stony Creek parking lot, we will climb to enjoy the views from Big Schloss and
Tibbet Knob and return doing some fast-paced forest road walking with an
excursion (possible bushwhack) to the Woodstock Reservoir. About 15 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – Oventop, Pass Mtn., The Pinnacle
& Buck Ridge. (PATC Maps 9
&10) From the Buck Hollow Trail parking area off Rt. 211 above Sperryville
will bushwhack along the north side of highway to park boundary and up boundary
to top of Oventop. Then the abandon Oventop trail to 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 back to the parking area. (Approximately 18
miles and 4,200 feet of total ascent.) Several good shortcuts are available.
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.
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.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - Annual Redbud Hike, Great North
Mountain – GNWF, North Half. (PATC Map F) 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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