Tuesday Vigorous Hikers

Hikes Schedule

NOTE: Additional information and details on each hike will be emailed to those on the group list 2 to 4 days before each hike. After it is emailed to the list it will be the top message at http://groups.google.com/group/Vigorous-Hikers.

Anyone is welcome to signup for the weekly emails. These hikes and many more for everyone are listed on the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club [PATC] Calendar of Activities. Sierra Club's Potomac Region Outings [PRO], http://www.sierraclub.org/virginia/potomac-region-outings, also lists many interesting hikes open to everyone.


Tuesday September 28, 2021 - 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 on the patio. 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: Gene Whitaker, GeneWhit@gmail.com


Tuesday October 5, 2021 - Brunswick MD, Around & Back - From the Brunswick Boat Ramp parking we will cross the Potomac River Bridge and use easements and gravel roads with sparse traffic to hike to the Short Hills Tract of the Harpers Ferry National Park. After visiting Catoctin’s Buzzard Rock before lunching at the Harpers Ferry Brewery we will traverse Loudon Heights and take the C&O Towpath back to Brunswick. In all, about 19 miles and 2600 ft. of ascent.

Leader: Ray Smith, smithr5612@hotmail.com


Tuesday October 12, 2021 - Neabsco Boardwalk, Julia J. Metz Wetland Preserve and Leesylvania State Park. Join us for a fast-paced 15 mile lollipop loop across the 3/4 mile Neabsco Boardwalk, traversing the wetlands around Neabsco Creek, pass through the Julia J. Metz Wetlands Preserve, and enter Leesylvania State Park, which borders the Potomac. Climbing the ridge there, we will visit a Confederate cannon emplacement, the site of the Lee family plantation and cemetery, as well as the ruins of a 19th century Fairfax family estate. About 1000 feet of gain. Meet at 8:30 at Rippon Landing State Park, 15125 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge VA.

Leader: Carol Parker, c.christensen@comcast.net


Tuesday October 19, 2021 - Whiteoak Canyon and Hawksbill Mountain. (PATC Map 10) We will start at the Whiteoak Canyon Parking lot off Rte 600 and take the Whiteoak Canyon Trail to the AT and head south. After an out-and-back to Betty's Rock we will proceed to the Salamander trail and to the top of Hawksbill. We go down the Hawksbill Trail and Cedar Run Trail back to the parking lot.(16 miles with 3,500 feet of elevation gain).

Leader: Wanda Cruz, wcruz_32225@yahoo.com


Tuesday October 26, 2021 – Pennsylvania’s Caledonia State Park and Michaux State Forest. Starting at Caledonia State Park, we will explore some of the trails in the area including Charcoal Hearth, Beaver, Rocky Knob, and the AT; about 18 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.

Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com



Tuesday November 9, 2021 - Browntown Loop. From Browntown, VA, we will hike up Rt. 631 to the Browntown trail and take the AT to Lands Run Gap. We will return via Lands Run Gap Rd., Rt. 622 and Rt. 634 to Browntown. Approximately 18 mile and 3,500 elevation. (shortcut available)

Leader: Ed Cook, veetee76@gmail.com