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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 March 21 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
Tom Kloster  twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, March 28--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.
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com  703.596.2358

Tuesday, April 4, 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.
Leader - Bob Livezey 

Tuesday, April 11 – 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.
Leader: Josh Silverman  betula54@msn.com

Tuesday, April 18 – 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.)
Leader: Gene Whitaker, genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday April 25 – 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.
Leader: Joan D Alonzo  joandalonzo@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 2 --  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)
Leader: Phil Ayliff - payliff@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 9 -- Knob and Neighbor Mtns. (PATC Map 10). Starting at Elkwallow Wayside we will do a counterclockwise circuit of Knob and Neighbor Mtns. 18.5 miles and 4000' of elevation.
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

 Tuesday, May 16 - Conway River Over and Back, Central District SNP.  (PATC Map 10)  We will park in a small area on the left side of 667 about ¾ mile past trailhead of Pocosin Hollow Trail. We will go on up Rt. 667 to the Conway River Trail and up to Skyline Drive. We will go up the drive a ways and down the Powell Mtn. Trail to Rt. 759. Then up Rt. 759 that morphs into the Meadows School Trail, across Skyline Drive and down the Slaughter Trail to the Conway River Trail and back to parking area. 19 Miles and a total of about 4200 feet of ascent.
Leader: Gene Whitaker (genewhit@gmail.com)

Tuesday, May 23 – 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 be available.
Leader: Barry Winkelman (cfarerinc@gmail.com) 301-367-7547

Tuesday, May 30 - 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 the Hull School trail and the Keyser Run Fire Rd.  Total of about 18 miles, with 4300 ft. of climb.
Leader: Tom Kloster

Tuesday, June 6 - 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.
Leader: Joan D’Alonzo -

Tuesday, June 13 Old Rag/Robertson/White Oak Canyon. (PATC Map 10) Start at White Oak Parking lot, climb up Berry Hollow Fire Road to the Old Rag Parking Lot. Climb Old Rag. Then take Saddle Trail to Weakley Hollow onto Robertson Mountain. From Old Rag Fire Road, connect to seldom used Bridle Trail to White Oak Canyon back to the parking lot. Swimming break optional at end of the hike. About 16-17 miles, 5000 ft. ascent
Leader: Mike Christiani  mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday, June 20 - Little Schloss, White Rocks and Big Schloss.  (PATC Map F)  A big (18 to 19 miles) loop in the Great North Mt. area of GWNF to its prominent rock outcropping views with about 3000’ of ascent.
Leader: Bob Livezey  bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, – 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.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com – 703/536-5189