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Vigorous Hikers
Tuesday 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 visit the group site and 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, Aug. 1--Trout Pond/Gr. N. Mtn. (PATC Map F) We will do a figure-8 circuit to include Trout Pond, Great N. Mtn,  Laurel Spur and Run, Stack Rock, and Long Trails back to TPRA.  We will be able to cool off in Rockcliff Lake.  17 mi. 3200' elevation.
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 8 - 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 August 15 - Nethers, Nicholson Hollow, Skyland and Return.- Central SNP. (PATC Map 10) From the Old Rag parking lot we will go up Nicholson Hollow Trail, the AT, and returning 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: Mina Goodrich Larrymina@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 22 – Snickers Gap to Keys Gap and return (PATC Map_7) Starting from the parking lot located at the north side of Rt. 7 at the intersection with Rt. 601, we will hike north on the AT towards Keys Gap. After 8 miles, we will stop for lunch and return. 16 mi. 3500 ft.
Leader: Barry Winkelman (cfarerinc@gmail.com) 301-367-7547

Tuesday August 29 - Appalachian Trail, Jenkins Gap (SNP), Northern SNP - Northern District SNP (Map 9) - AT south from Route 522 trailhead over Compton Peak (2 interesting side trails, view and/or hexagonal columns) to Jenkins Gap; Jenkins Gap Trail to Route 634; right onto Route 622 to Lands Run Gap Road up to the gap at Skyline Drive; down Hickerson Hollow Trail to 600 to right on 602; left on AT back to cars. We will head for ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc at Spelunker's located in Front Royal.
Leader: Mike Christiani

Tuesday, September 5 – Pennsylvania’s Pine Grove Furnace and Kings Gap State Parks and Michaux State Forest – Starting at Pine Gove Furnace’s Laurel Lake, we will explore some of the trails in the area including Pole Steeple, the AT, Buck Ridge, Hammonds Rocks, and Kings Gap.  Added features may include a cabin stay at PATC’s Michener Cabin and a splash down in Laurel Lake; about 18 miles with 3000 feet of ascent with shortcut options.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com – 703/536-5189

Tuesday September 12 - Around Hazel Mountain. (PACT Map 10) 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.
Leader:  Philip Ayliff philip.ayliff@kwccpa.com

Tuesday September 19  - A T from Panorama/Thornton Gap north to Elkwallow Wayside and return. – (PACT map 9) 17 miles RT on the A T from Thornton Gap to Elkwallow Wayside and return
Leader:  Lou Hurwitz lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday, September 26- 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.
Leader: Joan D'Alonzo  joandalonzo@gmail.com 

Tuesday, October 3, – 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.
Leader: Steve  Brown swbmit77@verizon.net

Tuesday, October 10,  – 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.
Leader: Gene Whitaker genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 17 -- Browns Hollow/Catherine Furnace—(PATC Map H) Starting at the commuter lot on rt. 211  near New Market we will do a partial loop of the Massanutten trail before continuing on to Roaring Run and a fire road to do a clockwise loop ending at Browns Hollow. We take Browns Hollow back to the Massanutten Trail and the cars. 19 miles, 3500' of elevation.
Leader: David Saah  davidm.saah@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 24 - AT Out and Back, Thornton Gap to Little Stony Man Cliffs, Central District SNP. (PATC Map 10) Non-stop great views on this AT out and back with a short side trip to Mary's Rock - 17 miles and about 4000 feet of ascent.
Leader: Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday October 31 - Fast tour of Rock Creek Park and D.C. Trails. - (PATC Map N) This is the 9th 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.
Leader: Bob Livezy  bobbilbo@msn.com