Past Hikes

The following are the hikes led by the Vigorous Hikers leaders over the past years for use by leaders in planning future hikes:

2018 - 2021 Completed Hikes

(see documents below for previous hikes)

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - Thompson Hollow to Elkwallow and Back - (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 Trail. We will take the Knob Mountain Cutoff Trail and Knob Mountain Trail North through Mathews Arm to the Weddlewood Trail going south and then follow the Heiskell Hollow Trail and then the Beecher Overall connecting trail to Overall Run Trail and then return to Thompson Hollow. 17 miles and 4000 feet of ascent.

Leader: Gene Whitaker, genewhit@gmail.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


Tuesday November 2, 2021 – Lewis Mountain Off Trail Venture. Starting on Rt 667 at the base of Lewis Mountain, we will climb Pocosin Hollow and bushwack to the upper reaches attempting to locate an old steam engine. We will then climb to the summit of Lewis Mountain and investigate the abandoned lower Lewis Mountain Trail or the remains of a cabin on the Slaughter Mountain Trail; about 12 miles with 3000 feet of ascent. There will also be a longer non-bushwhacking option. (because of rain the bushwack adventure was postponed until a future date.)

Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.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 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 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 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 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 September 21, 2021 - Up Buck Hollow, Around, & Back. (PATC map 10) From the Rt. 211 parking area above Sperryville we will climb Buck Hollow and Skyline Drive to Hanna Run. We will then go down Hanna Run to Nicholson Hollow and up Hot Short Mtn. Trail. We will then take Hazel Mtn. Trail to Buck Ridge and back to the parking area.( about 17.5 miles and 3900 ft. of ascent)

Leader - Esther Park estherparkorg@gmail.com


Tuesday September 14, 2021 - Potomac Heritage. We will take the Potomac Heritage trail from Turkey Run park to Roosevelt Is. and back. 17 miles and 2200'. This is very rocky in some spots and also can be wet though the water looks low. Since it is an out and back, you can always make it shorter.

Meet by 8am at Turkey Run Park which is off of rte 495(beltway). Take exit towards DC 1 1/2miles to the first exit which is marked Turkey Run. Look for lot C1.

Leader - Lou Hurwitz, lou.nutshell@hotmail.com


Tuesday September 7, 2021 - Jordon River Loop - (PATC Map 9). Parking at the end of SR 629 (38.77223, -78.15922), 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.

Leader - Mina Goodrich larrymina@gmail.com


Tuesday, August 31, 2021 – Pine Hill Trail to AT & Back on Broad Hollow Trail. We will start at the parking area off Rt. 681 and go down the road, up Pine Hill Gap trail down, down the Short Mtn. Trail, up the Hannah Run trail and across to and up the AT. We will return via the Hazel Mtn. and Broad Hollow trials to the start. Approximately 17.5 miles and 3900 feet elevation gain. Numerous short cut alternatives available. See attached map. (15.5 miles if shortcut and go down Skyline Drive)

Leader: Gene Whitaker, GeneWhit@gmail.com


Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - New Market Gap to Strickler and Duncan Knobs. Starting from the commuter parking lot at New Market Gap we will hike to both Strickler and Duncan Knobs via the Massanutten Connector Trail, Massanutten Trail, Gap Creek Trail, and Scothorn Gap Trail. Approximately 14 miles with 2500’ of elevation gain.

Leader: Steve Brown, swbmit77@verizon.net


Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - Little Schloss and Big Schloss Loop. The description is: "(PATC Map F) Start and finish (with splashdown) at Little Stony Creek counterclockwise to the two most prominent rock outcroppings in the Great North Mt., GWNF. About 18 miles and 3000’ of ascent. (park at 38.90836, -78.64102 )

Leader: Josh Silverman, betula54@msn.com


Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - Piney Ridge–AT–Hull School Trail Loop. (PATC Map 9) Starting at the Keyser Run Fire Road at the end of VA614, we’ll take the Hull School Trail to the Piney Branch Trail and Piney Ridge Trail then climb to the Appalachian Trail and take it south to Beahm’s Gap. Return via the Hull School Trail to parking. Approximately 18 miles with 4,200’ elevation gain.

Leader: Andrew Heron, scfcfan1966@gmail.com


Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - Whiteoak Canyon and Hawksbill Mountain. (PATC Map 10) We will start at the Whiteoak Canyon Parking lot off Rte 600 and follow the Whiteoak Canyon Trail and take the Whiteoak Canyon Trail to Skyline Drive. Then walk across the drive taking the entrance to Skyland. Just before the horse stables turn left on the AT and head south. We will proceed to the Salamander trail and then to the top of Hawksbill for lunch. After that we will take the Hawksbill Trail back down to the Drive and then Cedar Run Trail to the parking lot where we started. (16 miles with 3,500 feet of elevation gain). Parking at N38 32.384 W78 20.942

Leader: Ed Cook, veetee76@gmail.com


Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - Whiteoak Canyon and Hawksbill Mountain. (PATC Map 10) We will start at the Whiteoak Canyon Parking lot off Rte 600 and follow the Whiteoak Canyon Trail and take the Whiteoak Canyon Trail to Skyline Drive. Then walk across the drive taking the entrance to Skyland. Just before the horse stables turn left on the AT and head south. We will proceed to the Salamander trail and then to the top of Hawksbill for lunch. After that we will take the Hawksbill Trail back down to the Drive and then Cedar Run Trail to the parking lot where we started. (16 miles with 3,500 feet of elevation gain). Parking at N38 32.384 W78 20.942

Leader: Ed Cook, veetee76@gmail.com


Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - Stony Man - Nicholson Hollow. From Old Rag Parking Lot., take Weakly Hollow Fire Rd to Robertson Mt Trail then ascend to Stony Man peak for lunch. Return via Old Rag Fire Rd and Corbin Mt, Indian Run and Nicholson Hollow Trails. 16.3 miles and 3900 ft ascent

Contact: Hunt Loftin, hloftin@verizon.net


Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - AT from Thornton Gap to Little Stony Man and Back. Parking at the Panorama parking lot at Thornton Gap, and hiking south on the AT, we'll do an out and back to Little Stony Man Cliffs, a distance of 17 miles with about 4000 feet of ascent.

Leader: Tom Kloster, twk07@comcast.net


Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 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 at Big Meadows Lodge. After lunch we will descend to the trailhead for a splashdown in the Rose River; about 18 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.

Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com


Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - Staunton River Trail Loop – Central District SNP - (PATC Map 10): We will climb the Staunton River Trail, Jones Mountain Trail, Cat Knob Trail, and Laurel Prong Trail to the AT. We’ll then head north on the AT to Milam Gap. We’ll descend the Mill Prong Trail through Rapidan Camp and return to the start via the Laurel Prong, Fork Mountain and Staunton River Trails. Approximately 20 miles with 4600 ft of climb. A shortcut for a 15 mile hike is available.

Leader: Gene Whitaker genewhit@gmail.com


Tuesday, June 29, 2021 – Halfmoon and White Rocks - (PATC Map F.) The hike starts on Waites Run very close to the Pond Run / Tuscarora trail and takes a counter-clockwise route. Hikers will head toward Old Mine and then German Wilson trails. After an out-and-back at Half Moon Lookout, hikers will follow Halfmoon trail and then the Tuscarora. We will stop for lunch before continuing on the Tuscarora past White Rocks to the Old Mail Path. This will take us to Wilson Cove and back to Waites Run. There will be an opportunity to cool off in the refreshing waters of Waites Run. approx.15 miles, 2500' elevation. 39.015528, -78.605237 (Capon, WV 26851) gives you the approximate location near a hunter campsite. Don't go past Pond Run trail or the bridge.

Leader: Andrew Heron, scfcfan1966@gmail.com


Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - Old Rag, Corbin Mtn. Loop - Central District SNP. From the Old Rag parking lot we will climb Old Rag on the Ridge Trail and then loop around the Saddle Trail, Old Rag Fire Road, Corbin Mountain, and Nicholson Hollow Tails. There’s an opportunity for a splashdown at the end; about 16 miles with 3100 feet ascent.

Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com


Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - Thornton to Elkwallow and Back - We will hike 17 miles with 3000' elevation on the A T from Thornton Gap/Panorama parking to Elkwallow Wayside - Blackberry ice-cream!!! and return. Entrance to Panorama is off of Rt 211 at the Thornton Gap exit or the parking lot entrance off of Rt 211. Approximately 17 miles with 3,0 feet of elevation gain.

Leader Lou Hurwitz lou.nutshell@hotmail.com


Tuesday, June 08, 2021 - Elkwallow, Pine Knob, Neighbor Mt, AT back to Elkwallow - Northern District, Shenandoah NP (PATC Map 9): Start at Elkwallow picnic area to the AT, south to Neighbor Mountain Trail, North on Knob Mountain Trail to the Knob Mountain cutoff and back to Elkwallow. Approximately 15 miles with 3,850 feet of elevation gain.

Leader: Leader: Marshall Wilson, marshallwilson770@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – Austin Mt. Blackrock - Parking at the end of VA Rt 663 (38.257350, -78.771045) 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.
Leader - Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - Brown Mtn., Rocky Mtn and Big Run - We will start at Ivy Creek Overlook, milepost 77.5 on Skyline Drive (38.284033, -78.658780). Because the drive is a long one for most of us, we will be starting later than usual, at 9:00 AM. After a short walk on Skyline Drive to Brown Mountain overlook we will take the Brown Mountain Trail to Rocky Mountain Trail and on to the Big Run Portal Trail. Big Run Portal Trail to Big Run Loop Trail and on to the AT which we eill take back to the start. Approximately 17.5 miles and 2500 feet elevation.

Leader: Josh Silverman betula54@msn.com


Tuesday, May 18, 2021 –Buck Ridge to Sam's Ridge and back - (PATC Map 10) Buck Ridge, Hazel Mtn., White Rocks trails and back via Hazel Mtn. and Buck Hollow trails. This is about 17 miles and around 4000 feet.

Leader: Hunt Loftin, hloftin65@gmail.com

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021 - Washington Monument State Park - (PATC MAP 5) Starting from the Washington Monument State Park parking lot we will proceed North on the AT for approximately 7 1/2 miles and then return. (15 miles, 2000 elevation gain)
Leader: Bart Rhoades, retiredrhoades@gmail.com

Tuesday May 4, 2021 - AT/Sky Meadows - Meet at parking lot at the base of Liberty Hill Lane where it intersects Route 50 (39.018174, -77.968487). We head up to the AT and then south to Sky Meadows State Park where we will explore the trails and enjoy the views. About 17 miles with 3000 ft. of ascent. (PATC Map 8)

Leader: Ed Cook, veetee76@gmail.com


Tuesday April 27, 2021 – AT North from Rte. 55 and Back - (PATC Map 8) Hike will be an out and back along the AT starting at the parking lot on VA-725 just north of I-66 and Rte. 55 for a total of 18 miles.

Leader: Mina Goodrich, larrymina@gmail.com

Tuesday April 20, 2021 – Little Devils Stairs - Starting at 8:30 a.m. in the parking area at the base of the Little Devils Stairs Trail. The hike route ascends Little Devils Stairs Trail to the AT via the Pole Bridge and Sugarloaf Trails, then south on the AT, turning on to the Thornton River Trail and back to the start via the Hull School trail and the Keyser Run Fire Rd. Total of about 17 miles, with 4100 ft. of climb.
Leader: Josh Silverman, betula54@msn.com

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – Matthews Arm – Overall Run hike - from Elkwallow Wayside parking lot, we hike in a clockwise direction taking the AT south along various trails to Overall Run trail, Tuscarora Trail and eventually AT south to the parking lot. Cutoff trails allow for a 17.7 mile/4300 foot ascent or 14.6 mile/3800 foot ascent hike.
Leader: Hunt Loftin, hloftin65@gmail.com

Tuesday April 6, 2021 - At South from 522 Around & Back – We will hike the Appalachian Trail South from Route 522 AT trailhead in Front Royal over Compton Peak to Jenkins Gap; take Jenkins Gap Trail to Route 634; right onto Route 622 to Lands Run Gap Road up to Skyline Drive then turn slight right onto the Dickey Ridge Trail to a left on Springhouse Trail, then left on AT heading North back to the cars. Approximately 19 miles/4200 feet elevation.
Leader: Mike Christiani, mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday March 30, 2021 - Bull Run-Occoquan Trail, an out-and-back - Join us for a fast-paced hike on the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail, an out-and-back heading north from its southern terminus at Fountainhead Regional Park, 10875 Hampton Rd, Fairfax Station, VA. Meet at the Fountainhead parking lot at 8:20 and be ready to hike at 8:30. 16.3 miles and 2680 feet of gain.
Leader: Carol Christensen c.christensen@comcast.net

Tuesday March 23, 2021 - 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 605 for shuttles back to Rt 7. Elev. 5000', 17.25 miles. PATC Map 8.
Leader: Lou Hurwitz, lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - Leading Ridge/Hannah Run/Nicholson Hollow/Crusher Ridge, Central District SNP. (PATC Map 10) Starting at the access road (669) to Leading Ridge hikers will complete a tough climb to the AT, follow along Skyline to Hannah Run and take it down to Nicholson Hollow. Hikers will then climb back up to the AT passing Corbin Cabin on the way. Hikers will then descend Crusher ridge down to 669, make a right and head for the parked cars near the Leading Ridge Trail. Approximately 16 miles and over 4300 feet of ascent. Options available to shorten the hike.
Leader: Rick True rwtgwu1961@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - Bearfence, Big Creek, Conway River, and Devils Ditch Off Trail Venture - Beginning at Bearfence on the central section of Skyline Drive, we will do a loop including the off-trail falls on Big Creek, the Conway River, and Devils Ditch Falls. This is a combination of Jack Thorson's November 2003 and September 2008 waterfall hikes. About 13 miles with 4000 feet of ascent. There will also be a longer non-bushwhacking option.
Leader - Dave Green dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 -- Tuscarora Trail and More -- Beginning at the Dry Gap parking area, we will walk North for 3 miles on the Tuscarora Trail until descending the mountain along a power line. After 3 road miles we turn onto the old Tuscarora Trail and ascend the mountain for lunch at a wide scenic overlook. From there it's another 6.5 miles on the Tuscarora back to our cars. 17.2 miles and 2500 feet of elevation gain.
Leader: Ed Cook, veetee76@gmail.com

Tuesday Feb 16, 2021 - McLean Loop - We will begin at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, taking the Potomac Heritage Trail down to Pimmit Run. From there we will cross the stream, take the Pimmit Run Trail to various neighborhoods and regional park trails within McLean, completing the loop via to the trail along the quiet side of the I-495 soundwall to Georgetown Pike and Scott’s Run. About 17 miles and 1700’ elevation.
Leader: Josh Silverman, betula54@msn.com

Tuesday Feb 9, 2021 - Cabin John Trail - from Cabin John Park on MacArthur Blvd in Maryland we will take Cabin John Trail out and back so shorter options are available. (18 miles w/2000' elevation)
Leader: Lou Hurwitz, lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – Dickey Ridge Snow storm Hike. Although the big snowstorm turned into an icy dud here in the DC Metropolitan area, there is promise of better snow conditions in Shenandoah NP. So we will climb the Dickey Ridge Trail from the Park boundary (38.9064,-78.1962) , me with my telemark skis, and ski back on Skyline Drive. It's a bunny slope ski if anyone else wants to attempt it. Otherwise, this plan offers maximum flexibility for hikers to do an out and back on the Trail or the Drive as they are comfortable with conditions.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - Mt Marshall - Parking at the end of VA Rt 625, we’ll ascend the Mt Marshall Trail, turn left onto the Bluff Trail and follow it to the AT. We'll head north on the AT to Jenkins Gap where we'll briefly follow SLD back to the Mt Marshall Trail and descend it back to the cars. The distance is about 17 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.
Leader; Tom Kloster, twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 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. The two main trails we will do include North Valley and South Valley Trails. We will have lunch somewhere along the South Valley Trail. The estimated mileage is 18.5 miles with about 1700' of elevation.
Leader: Wanda I. Cruz, wcruz_32225@yahoo.com

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021-- Capon Springs Circle - (PATC Maps F&L) Starting at the Tuscarora Trail parking area at Dry Gap (WVA/VA line) hikers will take the Tuscarora south to the connector Trail down to Hawk Recreation Area. Hikers will then be on the "old" Tuscarora Trail, crossing Capon Springs Rd and then continuing around on various backroads until we recross Capon Springs Road and complete the circle.
Leader: Ed Cook, veetee76@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - Pas Mountain and On -Start at Panorama Parking lot at Thornton Gap. AT north to Pass Mtn Hut Rd to the hut. Left on Pass Mountain Trail to AT. North on AT to Beahms Gap. Right on Hull School Trail. Left on Thornton River Upper Trail to the AT. Follow AT south all the way back to the parking lot. 15.5 Miles and 3,467 ascent.
Leader; Phil Ayliff, payliff@gmail.com

Tuesday December 29, 2020 - Arlington Triangle Hike - From Bluemont Park, the hike will follow local bike trails with a loop around Roosevelt Island for a total of 18.5 miles at a fast pace, with negligible elevation change.
Leader: Tom Kloster, twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday December 22, 2020 - Dickey Ridge Trail Out and Back - (PATC map 9) From the north entrance of SNP and hike to the Dickey Ridge Trail and Appalachian Trail to the intersection at (Carson Mountain) where we will have lunch, then return back on the DRT to the entrance of SNP. Approximately 20 miles and 2500 feet elevation.
Leader: Mike Christiani, mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - Potomac Heritage Trail - Potomac Heritage Trail from Turkey Run Park to Teddy Roosevelt Island and return. 17 miles with 2000’ of elevation. Will meet 8am at Turkey Run Park off of George Washington Parkway.
Leader: Lou Hurwitz, lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday December 8, 2020 – Big Schloss, “Tom’s” Ridge, & Tibbet Knob – On a recent trip to Big Schloss, Tom noted a rock ridge to the northeast. Starting at Wolf Gap, we will climb Big Schloss to view this ridge and then attempt an off-trail venture to investigate it. We will then return to Wolf Gap via Tibbet Knob. About 15 miles with 3500 feet of ascent. A longer non-bushwhacking alternative will be available.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, December 1, 2020--Elizabeth Furnace Figure 8 - (PATC Map G) Starting at the Elizabeth Furnace parking area hikers will take the Tuscarora to Shawl Gap and bearing right (south) take the Sherman Gap and Botts Trails back to Elizabeth Furnace. Hikers will cross over 678 and continue on the Massanutten Trail to the Maneka Peak Trail. Hikers will come back to the Tuscarora and follow it all the way back to Elizabeth Furnace. About 17 miles and 4000' of elevation.
Leader: Mina Goodrich, larrymina@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 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.
Leader: Josh Silverman, betula54@msn.com

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - Nethers, Stony Man and Back - Central District SNP. (PATC Map 10) From the Old Rag parking lot we will go up Nicholson Hollow Trail, the AT to the Stony Man peak for lunch. We will return via the Horse Trail, Old Rag Fire Road, Corbin Mtn., and Nicholson Hollow Trails. Approximately 17 miles and 3600 feet ascent, give or take. Short cut alternatives are available. Leader: Wanda Cruz, wcruz_32225@yahoo.com

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - Browntown, Browntown Trail, AT, Jenkins Gap and Back. - 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 .

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 –Buck Ridge to Sam's Ridge and back - (PATC Map 10) by Hazel River, White Rocks and Buck Hollow. This is about 17 miles and around 4000 feet.Buck Ridge to Hazel Mtn to Sam's Ridge and back by Hazel River, White Rocks and Buck Hollow. This is about 17 miles and around 4000 feet
Leader
: Hunt Loftin, hloftin65@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – Harpers Ferry Area – Starting at the School House Ridge Battlefield, we'll do a hike in the Harpers Ferry area to include battlefield and riverside trails as well as a climb to Maryland Heights and the Stone Fort. The distance will be about 16 miles and 2500 feet of ascent.
Leader, Tom Kloster, twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - Ravens Rock Excursion - We will start at the Ravens Rock trailhead just off of rte 7 at 8am. Will use the A T passing Ravens Rock to the Ridge to River Trail. Left to Perimeter Trail. Right on this back to Ridge to River. Right to waterfall. Return on Ridge Trail to A T. Right and back to cars. This will be an approx. 18 mile, 3900' elevation hike.
Leader, Lou Hurwitz, lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - Piney Ridge–AT–Hull School Trail Loop - (PATC Map 9) Starting at the Keyser Run Fire Road at the end of VA614, we’ll take the Hull School Trail to the Piney Branch Trail and Piney Ridge Trail then climb to the Appalachian Trail and take it south to Beahm’s Gap. Return via the Hull School Trail to parking. Approximately 18 miles with 4,200’ elevation gain.
Leader - Marshall Wilson, marshallwilson770@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 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, September 15, 2020 – Old Rag Parking Lot, Robertson, Stony and Back - (PATC Map 10) Because of the airplane crash, the Buck Ridge and Buck Hollow trails will remain closed for several more days as will the parking area on Rt 211 at the trailhead. Tuesday we, starting at 8:30 AM at the new Old Rag parking lot, we will go to over Robertson Mtn. and then up Old Rag Fire Rd to Stony Man for lunch. We will return to the parking lot via Old Rag Fire Rd to Corbin Mt trail to Nicholson Hollow. About 16.5 miles and 4200 foot elevation climb.
Leader: Hunt Loftin, hloftin65@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - Little Schloss and Big Schloss Loop. (PATC Map F) Start and finish (with splashdown) at Little Stony Creek counterclockwise to the two most prominent rock outcroppings in the Great North Mt., GWNF. About 18 miles and 3000’ of ascent.
Leader: Josh Silverman betula54@msn.com

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - Great Falls, MD. We hike the Billy Goat B, C and A, River trails and Gold Mine and Berma trails. Approx 15 miles and 1200'.
Leader: Lou Hurwitz, lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 – Kincheloe Soccer Park to Fountainhead and return. Starting at Kincheloe Soccer Park we will proceed South to Fountainhead Regional Park. Return to Kinchelow Soccer Park via the same general trail with a few deviations along the way just for fun. 16 miles with 2500 feet of ascent.
Leader: Marshall Wilson, marshallwilson770@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - Leading Ridge/Hannah Run/Nicholson Hollow/Crusher Ridge, Central District SNP. (PATC Map 10) Starting at the access road (669) to Leading Ridge hikers will complete a tough climb to the AT, follow along Skyline to Hannah Run and take it down to Nicholson Hollow. Hikers will then climb back up to the AT passing Corbin Cabin on the way. Hikers will then descend Crusher ridge down to 669, make a right and head for the parked cars near the Leading Ridge Trail. Approximately 16 miles and over 4300 feet of ascent. Options available to shorten the hike.
Leader: Rick True rwtgwu1961@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - Rocky Top, Patterson Ridge and Big Run. South SNP - From the Loft Mountain Wayside (MP 79.5 Skyline Drive) we will hike the Big Run Portal, Rockytop Trail, AT, and Patterson Ridge trail. Approximately 17.1 miles with roughly 3,9000 feet of elevation gain.
Leader: Steve Brown swbmit77@verizon.net

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – AT from Thornton to Little Stoney Man and Back. Central section of Shenandoah National Park (PATC Map 10). Parking at the Panorama parking lot at Thornton Gap, and hiking south on the AT, we'll do an out and back to Little Stony Man Cliffs, a distance of 17 miles with about 4000 ft of climb.
Leader: Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 – Overall Run, AT, Elkwallow, Beecher Ridge - Northern SNP (PATC Map 9). Thompson Hollow Parking, up Overall Run (Tuscarora)Trail to the AT, then Elkwallow to Mathews Arm, then Beecher Ridge back to Overall Run, a splashdown and the finish. About 15 miles with about 3500 ft of climbing.
Leader: Bart Rhoades, retiredrhoades@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 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 at Big Meadows Lodge. After lunch we will descend to the trailhead for a splash down in the Rose River; about 18 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com 703-338-6855 cell

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - Cacapon State Park (WV) Hike with optional Splashdown. Starting at the nature center at 8:30, 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.
Leader: Ed Cook, veetee76@gmail.com

Tuesday June 30, 2020 - Halfmoon and White Rocks - (PATC Map F.) The hike starts on Waites Run very close to the Pond Run / Tuscarora trail and takes a counter-clockwise route. Hikers will head toward Old Mine and then German Wilson trails. After an out-and-back at Half Moon Lookout, hikers will follow Halfmoon trail and then the Tuscarora. We will stop for lunch before continuing on the Tuscarora past White Rocks to the Old Mail Path. This will take us to Wilson Cove and back to Waites Run. There will be an opportunity to cool off in the refreshing waters of Waites Run. approx.15 miles, 2500' elevation. 39.015528, -78.605237 (Capon, WV 26851) gives you the approximate location near a hunter campsite. Don't go past Pond Run trail or the bridge.
Leader: Andrew Heron, scfcfan1966@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 – South Massanutten Mountain: Runkles Gap Splashdown. Starting at Runkles Gap we will follow the Massanutten South Trail to Fridley Gap Trail and then do a clockwise loop on the Morgan Run, Cub Run, Martin Bottom, Fridley Gap, and Massanutten South Trails to return to Runkles Gap. Your reward for completing this summer hike is the opportunity for a refreshing splashdown in the swimming hole at Runkles Gap (38.452979,-78.694675). Estimated 17 miles with 3300 feet of ascent.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – Down and Around Hazel, Catlett, and Short Mountains – Starting in the Meadow Spring parking area, we will loop around on the Hazel Mountain, Catlett Spur, Hannah Run, Hot Short Mountain, Pine Hill Gap, Broad Hollow, Hazel Mountain, Catlett Mountain, and Hannah Run Trails to return to Skyline Drive for a return walk down the Drive to Meadow Spring. About 18 miles with 4600 feet of ascent.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - Thorton to Elkwallow and Back - We will hike 17 miles with 3000' elevation on the A T from Thornton Gap/Panorama parking to Elkwallow Wayside(no ice-cream as they are closed) and return. Entrance to Panorama is off of rte 211 at the Thornton Gap exit or the parking lot entrance off of Rt 211.
Leader Lou Hurwitz 703-623-9619 lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 – Little Devils Stairs - We will begin at Little Hogback Overlook on Skyline Drive. The loop that involves using the Little Devils Stairs Trail is 13 miles, but we will add 2 miles to that by doing a there-and-back to Elkwallow. The route goes south on the AT past the junction with Piney Ridge all the way to Elkwallow, backtracks to the Piney Ridge Trail, continues along the Fork Mountain Trail, turns left onto the Hull School Trail, descends down the fire road to the trailhead for Little Devils Stairs, takes the Little Devils Stairs Trail where it terminates at the fire road again, take the fire road to the AT, and take the AT to Little Hogback. Total of about 15 miles, with 4000 ft. of climb.
Leader - Contact Josh Silverman, betula54@msn.com,

Tuesday May 26, 2020 - Great Falls/Riverbend Parks (VA) - We’ll hike about 15 miles exploring Great Falls NP trails. We will be starting at the parking area at Leigh Mill/Ramey Meadows on Leigh Mill Road. The hike will consist of a couple of out and backs to tour the 4 main trails of GFNP, beginning with going along Difficult Run on the Cross County Trail, and an excursion north to tour the main trails of Riverbend Park. We will return on the Cross County Trail to the parking area. (PATC Map D)
Leader: Josh Silverman, betula54@msn.com

Tuesday May 19, 2020 - AT/Sky Meadows - Parking lot at the base of Liberty Hill Lane where it intersects Route 50 (39.018174, -77.968487) we head up to the AT and head south to Sky Meadows State Park where we will explore the trails and enjoy the views. About 17 miles with 3000 ft. of ascent. (PATC Map 8)
Leader: Ed Cook, veetee76@gmail.com..

Tuesday May 12, 2020 - Strickler and Duncan Knobs - From New Market Gap, about 15 miles and 2500' ascent.
Leader: Bruce Freedman, bfreedman58@aol.com

Tuesday May 5 - Roller Coaster North, Crescent Rocks and Devil's Racecourse - Out and back from Rt. 7, starting north on AT from the big parking lot on the highway's south side to Blackburn Loop and back; 15 miles and 3600' of ascent.
Leader: Bob Livezey, bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday April 28, 2020 - Sky Meadows Park - (PATC Map 8) We will meet at 8:00am for an out and back along the AT starting at the parking lot on VA-725 just north of I-66 and Rte. 55.. We will hike north about 9 miles to where the AT enters Sky Meadows State Park, have lunch, and then return the same way for a total of 18 miles and around 3000 feet of elevation gain. Since it is an out and back, it will be easy for anyone wishing less mileage to cut it shorter.
Leader: Mina Goodrich, larrymina@gmail.com

Tuesday April 21, 2020 – Green and Powell Mountains with Seven Bends State Park Exploration – Starting in the parking area for Little Fork Recreation Area in George Washington National Forest, we will climb Green Mountain on a closed ATV trail and follow the Green Mountain Trail to Opechee Peak. We will then descend to Peters Mill Run and climb Powell Mountain on the Bear Trap Trail to the Massanutten Trail. Near the Bar None Trail, we will descend to Seven Bends State Park on the Talus Trail. Depending on the time, we will explore most of the other trails in this new state park. We will then hopefully locate a newly blazed trail that reclimbs Powell Mountain to rejoin the Massanutten Trail to Woodstock Tower. From there we will descend the Wagon Road back to Little Fork Recreation Area. 15 to 18 miles with about 3500’ of ascent. See PATC Map G and the Seven Bends State Park Trail Guide at https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/document/data/trail-guide-sevenbends.pdf.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday April 14, 2020 - Vigorous Hikers - Given the current situation, we will do an out and back on the AT from Rt. 55. Depending on the responses I receive, we will be split into 2 groups so please let me know if you plan on joining us Tuesday .
Leader - Mike Christiani, mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday April 7, 2020 - 17th Redbud Challenge - Great North Mountain, WV - We’ll honor our founder and leader emeritus, Cliff Noyes, by attempting a 25-mile (5000' ascent) hike he led (and lowballed!) 12 years ago. Its a loop in the Great North Mt. area starting and ending at Bucktail parking off of Trout Run Road (23/10) about 6 miles from Wardensville WV. There will be a mandatory cutoff-time bailout at 13 miles that reduces the total distance to 20.5 miles; there are no other convenient shortcuts.
Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday March 30, 2020 - Harpers Ferry Area - The hike will be in the Harpers Ferry area. Starting at 8:00AM from the School House Ridge Battlefield parking lot, we'll hike battlefield and riverside trails and climb to Loudoun Heights. The distance will be about 16 miles with a little over 2600 feet of ascent.
Leader: Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday March 24, 2020 - 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 605 for shuttles back to rte 7. Elev. 5000', 17.25 miles. PATC Map 8.
Leader: Lou Hurwitz, lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday March 17, 2020 - Tuscarora to 3 Top - Starting at the Signal Knob parking lot, hikers will ascend the Tuscarora and do a counterclockwise loop to include Meneka Peak, Signal Knob, Three Top, and Mudhole Gap to finish up at the Tuscarora. About 17 miles, and 3200 feet of elevation (PATC Map G).
Leader: Ed Cook, veetee76@gmail.com

Tuesday March 10, 2020 - Northern District SNP (Map 9) - Appalachian Trail south, to Jenkins Gap; Jenkins Gap Trail to Route 634; onto Route 622 to Lands Run Gap Road up to the gap at Skyline Drive; Hickerson Hollow Trail to Route 600 to Route 602 to Appalachian Trail. Approximately 18 miles/3700 feet elevation.
Leader - Mike Christiani, mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday March 3, 2020 - Half a Ham - End to end hike on the Maryland AT from the Weaverton Rd parking lot north to the parking lot just over the I-70 footbridge, with cars pre-positioned for return to the starting point. The distance will be about 19 miles with about 4100 ascent.
Leader: Phil Ayliff, payliff@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 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.
Leader: Lou Hurwitz lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - Staunton River Trail Loop – Central District SNP - (PATC Map 10): We will climb the Staunton River Trail and on to the AT. We’ll then head north on the AT and descend the Mill Prong Trail through Rapidan Camp and return to the start. Approximately 20 miles with 4600 ft of climb. A shortcut for a 15 mile hike is available.
Leader: Phil Ayliff payliff@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - AT/Neighbor/Knob - Northern District, Shenandoah NP (PATC Map 9): A clockwise loop from the Elkwallow Picnic Trailhead of the Appalachian Trail near Mile 24 of the Skyline Drive; about 16.5 miles and 3500' ascent.
Leader: Bob Livezey

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - Piney Ridge–AT–Hull School Trail Loop - (PATC Map 9) Starting at the Keyser Run Fire Road at the end of VA614, we’ll take the Hull School Trail to the Piney Branch Trail and Piney Ridge Trail then climb to the Appalachian Trail and take it south to Beahm’s Gap. Return via the Hull School Trail to parking. Approximately 17 miles with 3,500’ elevation gain.
Leader - Marshall Wilson, marshallwilson770@gmail.com

January 28, 2020 – Off Trail Venture in White Oak Canyon – We will do a circuit starting at the White Oak Canyon parking area. Provided the weather has been cold enough to form ice, it will include about a mile of bushwhacking to get a close-up view of the frozen falls on White Oak Run and the frozen seeps on the canyon wall. Other trails may include the AT, Bettys Rock, Bushytop, and the Old Rag Fire Road. About 15 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.

Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 – McLean Loop - We will begin at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, taking the Potomac Heritage Trail down to Pimmit Run. From there we will cross the stream, take the Pimmit Run Trail to various neighborhoods and regional park trails within McLean, completing the loop via to the trail along the quiet side of the I-495 soundwall to Georgetown Pike and Scott’s Run. About 16 miles and 2000’ elevation.
Leader: Josh Silverman, betula54@msn.com

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – Harpers Ferry - Starting at the School House Ridge Battlefield, this hike in the Harpers Ferry area will include battlefield and riverside trails as well as a climb to the heights. The distance will be about 16 miles with a little over 2000 feet of ascent.
Leader: Tom Kloster, twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – AT Out and Back from Rt. 55 – (PATC Map 8) (PATC Map 8) Appalachian Trail out and back from Rt. 55 south past the Jim and Molly Denton AT Shelter to Route 522; about 18 Miles and 2500’ ascent.

Leader: Ed Cook, veetee76@gmail.com

Thursday, January 2, 2020 - Reston Area - (W&OD, CCT, Lake Fairfax) Starting at Meadowlark Gardens, the hike will make a loop using sections of the W&OD horse trail, the Fairfax Cross County Trail, Reston Association trails, Lake Fairfax Park trails and connecting trails for a total of 19 miles and 850 feet elevation gain.
Leader: Andrew Heron, cfcfan1966@gmail.com

Thursday- December 26, 2019 - Arlington Triangle hike - From Bluemont Park, the hike will follow local bike trails with a loop around Roosevelt Island for a total of 18.5 miles at a fast pace, with negligible elevation change.
Leader: Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - Fairfax County Lake Trails - Starting at South Run Park, we will explore the South Run Valley Stream Trail, part of the Pohick Stream Trail, and loop trails around Burke

Lake and Lake Mercer. 19.3 miles with 500 ft of gain.

Leader: Bruce Freedman - bfreedman58@aol.com

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - Fairfax County Lake Trails. Starting at South Run Park, we will explore the South Run Valley Stream Trail, part of the Pohick Stream Trail, and loop trails around Burke Lake and Lake Mercer. 19.3 miles with 500 ft of gain.

Leader: Bruce Freedman - bfreedman58@aol.com

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - Off Trail Venture to the Waterfalls off the Mt. Marshall and Bluff Trails – Starting at Jenkins Gap on Skyline Drive, we will attempt to locate the falls on Waterfall Branch. As time permits, we will also visit the falls on the Jordan River and descend the Big Devils Stairs Trail and ascend the falls in the stream bed. A significant amount of bushwhacking is required to visit these falls, but a non-bushwhacking option will be available; about 15 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com – 703/536-5189

Tuesday, November 25, 2019 - 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.

Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - Buck Ridge, The Pinnacle and Pass Mtn. (PATC Maps 9 &10) From the Buck Ridge Trail parking area we will hike up the Buck Ridge trail and regroup at the junction with the Hazel Mtn. We will then go down the Hazel Mtn. trail and up the Catlett Spur and Hanna Run Trail to Skyland Drive. A little ways south on the Drive we will do a short bushwhack up to the AT and follow the AT north to the Pass Mtn. trail and down to Rt. 211 Pass Mtn. parking area. (Approximately 16 miles and 4,200 feet of total ascent) Parking by Rt. 211 at N38 39.503 W78 .
Leader: Gene Whitaker, genewhit@gmail.com

Update Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 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). Parking at N38 32.384 W78 20.942
Leader: Gene Whitaker, genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – Pennsylvania’s Pine Grove Furnace and Kings Gap State Parks and Michaux State Forest. Starting at Pine Grove Furnace’s Laurel Lake, we will explore some of the trails in the area including Pole Steeple, the AT, Buck Ridge, Kings Gap, and Hammond's Rocks; about 18 miles with 3000 feet of ascent with shortcut options.

Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Jordan River Loop - (PATC Map 9). Parking at the end of SR 629, we'll ascend the Jordan 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 Jordan River trails. About 17 miles with 3000 feet of ascent. (38.77237, -78.16042)
Leader: Gene Whitaker, genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday October 22, 2019 - Dickey Ridge - AT. We will begin at the start of the Dickey Ridge Trail by the north entrance of SNP and hike to the Appalachian Trail intersection at (Carson Mountain) where we will turn South on the AT to Compton Peak to where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we will head North on the AT to Rt 522.
Leader: Gene Whitaker, genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday October 15, 2019 - Browns Hollow/Roaring Run--We will start at commuter lot off of US 211 and heads south on the Massanutten trail to Browns Hollow. From there we will do a mostly clockwise hike with one out and back. Take a left on Browns Hollow to Roaring Run. Bear left to go down to Catherine Furnace and back to Browns Hollow intersection where we plan to have lunch. After lunch, continue up Roaring Run and then down to the Massanutten. Bear right and hike to a gated connecting trail to Bird Knob on the left. After about half a mile, turn right on Bird Knob which leads directly into the Massanutten trail. Bearing left (north), continue on the trail back to the parking lot. 18 miles, 3900' of elevation.

Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - Vigorous Hike: Fast Tour of Rock Creek Park and DC Trails. The 11th annual DC Tuesday Vigorous Hike! We will travel around 17.5 miles and ascend around 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 about half of the trip near and along Rock Creek. Other parks that will be involved include Melvin Hazen, Dumbarton Oaks, Whitehaven, Glover Archbold, C&O Canal, Battery Kemble and Wesley Heights. Convenient shortcuts available.
Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday, 1 Oct, 2019 - New Market Gap to Strickler and Duncan Knobs. PATC Map G: Starting from the commuter parking area approximately one mile East of New Market Gap on route 211 we will take the Massanutten Connector Trail for 2.1 miles to the Massanutten Trail. We will take the Massanutten Trail for about three miles and then follow the use trail along the Massanutten Mountain ridgeline on an out-and-back to Strickler Knob. We will rejoin the Massanutten Trail northbound to the Gap Creek Trail and then climb the Gap Creek Trail to take the short out-and-back to Duncan Knob. After visiting Duncan Knob we will continue on the Gap Creek Trail westbound for a short distance to the Scothorn Gap Trail then follow the Scothorn Gap Trail South 1.6 miles to the Massanutten Trail. Take the Massanutten Trail 2.1 miles South to the Massanutten Connector Trail then following this trail back to parking. Approximately 14 miles with 2500’ of elevation gain.

Leader: Steve Brown, swbmit77@verizon.net

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - Little Schloss and Big Schloss Loop. (PATC Map F) Start and finish (with splashdown) at Little Stony Creek counterclockwise to the two most prominent rock outcroppings in the Great North Mt., GWNF. About 18 miles and 3000’ of ascent.

Leader: Josh Silverman betula54@msn.com

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – Austin Mt. Blackrock. Parking at the end of VA Rt 663, hike ascends the Madison Run Road and Austin Mountain Trail to the AT, north to turn on the Doyles River Trail, then 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.
Leader - Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - Buzzard Rock/North Massanutten. (PATC Map G). 8:00am. Starting at the Buzzard Rock Trailhead on Route 619, we will take the Buzzard Rock Trail to Shawl Gap, where we will make a loop including the Massanutten Trail, Sherman Gap Trail, Botts Trail and the Tuscarora Trail, and then return on the Buzzard Rock Trail. About 16 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain.
Leader: Joan D'Alonzo joandalonzo@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – Pine Hill Trail to AT – Back on Broad Hollow Trail. We will start at the parking area off Rt. 681 and go down the road, up Pine Hill Gap trail down, down the Short Mtn. Trail, up the Hannah Run trail and across to and up the AT. We will return via the Hazel Mtn. and Broad Hollow trials to the start. Approximately 17.5 miles and 3900 feet elevation gain. Numerous short cut alternatives available. See attached map. (15.5 miles if shortcut and go down Skyline Drive)
Leader: Gene Whitaker, GeneWhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 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 August 20, 2019 -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 13, 2019 – Great Falls/Billy Goats/C&O Canal - (Great Falls, Md.) We will hike Billy Goat B, C, and A and then go to the Overlook for lunch. Then we’ll check out the River Trail, followed by the Gold Mine Loop and connecting with the Berma Rd. with the Lock 16 Spur to return to the start. At least 15 miles with about 1 ½ miles of rock scrambling and 1000+ feet of ascent. Reference PATC Map D
Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 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 Trail. We will take the Knob Mountain Cutoff Trail and Knob Mountain Trail North through Matthews Arm to the Weddlewood Trail going south and then follow the Heiskell Hollow Trail and then the Beecher Overall connecting trail to Overall Run Trail and then return to Thompson Hollow. 17 miles and 4000 feet of ascent.

Leader: Phil Ayliff payliff@gmail.com

Tuesday , July 30 - Bear Wallow Loop (Massanutten, Signal Knob and Sherman Gap) - Start at Signal Knob Parking lot on Route 678, hike up Signal Knob , Meneka Peak , Bear Wallow Massanutten , Sidewinder , Mudhollow Gap, Sherman Gap, Botts Trails, and Route 678 Back to Parking lot.
Leader: Mo Salehi agahmo@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 23, 2019: 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.
Leader: Joan D'Alonzo, joandalonzo@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 – 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 at Big Meadows Lodge. After lunch we will descend to the trailhead for a splash down in the Rose River; about 18 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.

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

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - White Oak, Corbin, Robertson and Around Back. Start at White Oak Parking lot, climb up Berry /Weakly Hollow Fire Road going left on Old Rag Fire Road to Corbin Hollow Trail. We will then go down Corbin Hollow and back up Robertson Mountainjj and continue on the Old Rag Fire Road to the Horse Trail to White Oak Canyon Trail and back to the parking lot. Swimming break optional at end of the hike. (Approximately 16 miles and 4200 feet elevation).
Leader: Michael Christiani, mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday June 25, 2019 - AT South from Rt 522 over Compton Peak. Northern District SNP (Map 9) - AT south from Route 522 over Compton Peak; Jenkins Gap to Route 634 to Route 622 to Lands Run Gap Road down Hickerson Hollow Trail to Route 600 to a right on Route 602 then a left on Appalachian Trail. 18 miles/3700 feet elevation.
Leader: Mike Christiani mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday June 18, 2019 - Halfmoon and White Rocks. Starting at Waites Run, hikers will do a counterclockwise circuit up to Halfmoon, White Rocks, and down the Wilson Cove trail. 16 miles & 2300' elevation. PATC Map F.

Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

Tuesday June 11, 2019 - Up Buck Hollow and Around and Back. (PATC map 10) From the Rt. 211 parking area above Sperryville we will climb Buck Hollow and Skyline Drive to Hanna Run. We will then go down Hanna Run to Nicholson Hollow and up Hot Short Mtn. Trail. We will then take Hazel Mtn. Trail to Buck Ridge and back to the parking area.(17 miles and 4000 ft. of climb)

Leader: Bruce M. Freedman, bfreedman58@aol.com

Tuesday June 4, 2019 - 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.
Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - Riprap and Wildcat Ridge with Optional Turk Mountain Climb. We will duplicate Jack Thorsen's May 2006 wallfall and wildflower hike with the added option of climbing Turk Mountain. Starting at the Riprap trailhead in the SNP southern section, we will visit Riprap Falls, Chimney Rock, and Calvary Rocks before descending Wildcat Ridge. There is an optional 7-mile out and back climb of Turk Mountain. 11 to 18 miles with up to 4000 feet of ascent.

Leader: Dave Green dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday May 21, 2019 - AT/Sky Meadows. 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 17 miles with 3000 ft. of ascent. (PATC Map 8)
Leader: Joan DAlonzo joandalonzo@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Bull Run Occoquan Trail out and back from Fountainhead Park. Out and back hike heading north on Bull Run Occoquan Trail from Fountainhead Park. 17 miles, 2400 ft. gain.
Leader: Carol Christensen c.christensen@comcast.net

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Staunton River Trail Loop – Central District SNP - (PATC Map 10): We will climb the Staunton River Trail and on to the AT. We’ll then head north on the AT and descend the Mill Prong Trail through Rapidan Camp and return to the start. Approximately 20 miles with 4600 ft of climb. A shortcut for a 15 mile hike is available.
Leader: Gene Whitaker genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - AT north from Linden. 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. (PATC Map 8)

Leader - Joan DAlonzo joandalonzo@gmail.com 302-530-4202

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - Harper’s Ferry Circuit. Beginning at Rt 340/ Shenandoah St. parking lot, hike up Loudoun Heights trail then the AT to Clarke’s Gap. Return to downtown Harper’s Ferry (lunch).Then proceed across the Potomac River to climb Maryland Heights to include Stone Fort and scenic overlook. About 16 miles with 2800’ elevation gain.
Leader: Bruce Freedman Bfreedman58@aol.com

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - MD AT Hike. End to end hike on the Maryland AT from the Weaverton Rd parking lot north to the parking lot just over the I-70 footbridge, with cars pre-positioned for return to the starting point. The distance will be about 19 miles with about 4100 ascent.
Leader - Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday April 9, 2019 - Fairfax County Lake Trails. Starting at South Run Park, we will explore the South Run Valley Stream Trail, part of the Pohick Stream Trail, and loop trails around Burke Lake and Lake Mercer. 19.3 miles with 500 ft of gain.
Leader - Carol Christensen, c.christensen@comcast.net. (703) 819-8332.

Tuesday April 2, 2019 - 16th Redbud, Maryland Edition - 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 16, 20.5 and 22.5 miles possible.

Leader - Mike Christiani mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday March 26, 2019 - 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 605 for shuttles back to rte 7. Elev. 5000', 17.25 miles. PATC Map 8.

Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com 703.596.2358

Tuesday, March19, 2019 - /CCT & WODT. Start at Mile Mark 7:5 on CCT, hike north for 3 Miles return and hike WODT East for 3Miles. Return to Mo's Backyard (Right hand Side, 70 Yards before CCT Mile Marker 8S ) for Lunch after Lunch head South on CCT for 4 Miles and return to parking lot. A 20 Mile hike.

Leader - Mo Salehi Inyo Mountainsagahmo@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - Piney Ridge–AT–Hull School Trail Loop. (PATC Map 9) Starting at the Keyser Run Fire Road at the end of VA614, we’ll take the Hull School Trail to the Piney Branch Trail and Piney Ridge Trail then climb to the Appalachian Trail and take it south to Beahm’s Gap. Return via the Hull School Trail to parking. Approximately 17 miles with 3,500’ elevation gain.
Leader - Gene Whitaker genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - Laurel Prong, AT, Meadows School, Mill Prong Figure 8 with Off Trail Venture to the falls on Big Creek. We will attempt to duplicate Jack Thorson's November 2003 wallfall hike, starting at the Rapidan Wildlife Management Area. Highlights will also include Hoover's Rapidan Camp and Bear Fence Mountain. About 17 miles and 4200 feet of ascent with a non-bushwhacking option.
Leader - Dave Green dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 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, then south on the AT, turning on to the Thornton River Trail and back to the start via the Hull School trail and the Keyser Run Fire Rd. Total of about 17 miles, with 4100 ft. of climb.
Leader: Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Overall Run/Heiskell Hollow with Sterdley and Greasy Falls Off Trail Venture, SNP. We will attempt to duplicate Jack Thorson’s December 2003 waterfall hike, starting at Thompson Hollow. After viewing Overall Falls, we will bushwhack to Sterdley and Greasy Falls before returning via the AT and Heiskell Hollow. About 13 miles and 4400 feet of ascent with non-bushwhacking options.
Leader – Dave Green dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday February 12, 2019 - 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.
Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday February 5, 2019 - 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. We will be on the Catoctin Trail before descending to Cunningham Falls, Catoctin Mtn Park, and Chimney Rock. Total elevation gain will be close to 3400' covering about 17 miles of trails.
Leader: Bruce Freedman bfreedman58@aol.com

Tuesday, January 28, 2019, 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.
Leader: Lou Hurwitz lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – AT Out and Back from Rt. 55 – (PATC Map 8) Appalachian Trail South out and back beginning at AT trailhead located off Route 55 (Trumbo Hollow Trailhead) past Jim and Molly Denton AT Shelter to Route 522 in Front Royal. Approximately 18 Miles and 2500 feet elevation

Leader: Mike Christiani Mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - Piney Ridge–AT–Hull School Trail Loop -- (PATC Map 9) Starting at the Keyser Run Fire Road at the end of VA614, we’ll take the Hull School Trail to the Piney Branch Trail and Piney Ridge Trail then climb to the Appalachian Trail and take it south to Beahm’s Gap. Return via the Hull School Trail to parking. Approximately 17 miles with 3,500’ elevation gain.

Leader: Gene Whitaker genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 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 to the Horse Trail and cross the Skyline Drive and up to the top of Hawksbill. We will take the Salamander trail to the AT and on to Fishers Gap, then back via the Horse Trail and down Cedar Run Trail. (17 miles with 3,500 feet of elevation gain).

Leader: Phil Ayliff philip.ayliff@kwccpa.com

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 -Tuscarora to Three Top (PATC Map G) Starting at the Signal Knob parking lot, hikers will ascend the Tuscarora and do a counterclockwise loop to include Meneka Peak, Signal Knob, Three Top, and Mudhole Gap to finish up at the Tuscarora. About 17 miles, and 3200' of elevation.
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

Wednesday December 26, 2018 - Arlington Triangle hike - From Bluemont Park, the hike will follow local bike trails with a loop around Roosevelt Island for a total of 18.5 miles at a fast pace, with negligible elevation change.
Leader: Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 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.
Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – Old Rag/Robertson Circuit with a Negro Run Off Trail Venture, SNP. Starting at the Old Rag parking lot, we will climb Old Rag and then descend to White Oak Canyon. We will then venture up Negro Run to visit waterfalls before completing the circuit with a climb of Robertson Mountain. About 15 miles and 5000 feet of ascent with less vigorous and non-bushwhacking options.

Leader – Dave Green dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 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. (38.77237, -78.16042)
Leader
- Mike Christiani, mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday, November 27 - 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.
Leader: Lou Hurwitz lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 – Pine Hill Trail to AT – Back on Broad Hollow Trail –We will start at the parking area off Rt. 681 and go down the road, up Pine Hill Gap trail down, down the Short Mtn. Trail, up the Hannah Run trail and across to and up the AT. We will return via the Hazel Mtn. and Broad Hollow trials to the start. Approximately 17.5 miles and 3900 feet elevation gain. Numerous short cut alternatives available. See attached map. (15.5 miles if shortcut and go down Skyline Drive)
Leader: Gene Whitaker, GeneWhit@gmail.com

November 13, 2018 – 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. There will be an opportunity for a splashdown in Laurel Lake; about 18 miles with 3000 feet of ascent with shortcut options.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com – 703/536-5189

Tuesday, November 6, 2018--Elizabeth Furnace/Buzzard Rocks Overlook: (PATC Map G)Starting at the Elizabeth Furnace parking area hikers will do a figure 8 to include Shawl Gap, Sherman Gap, Meneka Peak, and the Tuscarora Trail. About 17.3 miles and 3300 of elevation.
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

Tuesday October 30, 2018 - Robertson Mtn. and on Dry Hike. (PATC Map 10) Starting from the Old Rag parking lot (Nethers) we will hike up the fire road and over Robertson Mtn. We will then continue up the Fire Road, Skyland –Big Meadows Horse trail and the At to the top of Stony Man Mtn. We will return using the AT Nicholson Hollow, Indian Run, Corbin Mtn., Fire Road, Corbin Hollow (it’s stream crossing should be OK) Trails and the Fire Road. (Approximately 18.5 miles and 4,900 feet elevation)
Leader: Gene Whitaker genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Austin Mt. Blackrock - Parking at the end of VA Rt 663, hike ascends the Madison Run Road and Austin Mountain Trail to the AT, north to turn on the Doyles River Trail, then 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.
Leader - Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, - Leading Ridge/Hannah Run/Nicholson Hollow/Crusher Ridge, Central District SNP. (PATC Map 10) Starting at the access road (669) to Leading Ridge hikers will complete a tough climb to the AT, follow along Skyline to Hannah Run and take it down to Nicholson Hollow. Hikers will then climb back up to the AT passing Corbin Cabin on the way. Hikers will then descend Crusher ridge down to 669, make a right and head for the parked cars near the Leading Ridge Trail. Approximately 16 miles and over 4300 feet of ascent. Options available to shorten the hike.
Leader: Rick True rwtgwu1961@gmail.com

Tuesday October 9, 2018 - Fast tour of Rock Creek Park and D.C. Trails. - (PATC Map N) This is the 10th 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 much of the trip near and along Rock Creek.

Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday October 2, 2018 - - Appalachian Trail, Compton Peak, Jenkins Gap, Hickerson Hollow - Northern District SNP (Map 9) - Appalachian Trail south, to Jenkins Gap; Jenkins Gap Trail to Route 634; onto Route 622 to Lands Run Gap Road up to the gap at Skyline Drive; Hickerson Hollow Trail to Route 600 to Route 602 to Appalachian Trail.
Leader: Mike Christiani mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Thornton Gap/Panorama to Elk Wallow and return: (PATC map 9) From Thornton Gap/Panorama we will hike g north on the A T to Elkwallow Wayside and return. About 18 miles and 3000 ft. elevation gain. Shorter options available since it is out and back.
Leader: Lou Hurwitz lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - (Cancelled due to hurricane rain and high water)

Tuesday, Sept 11, 2018 -- Browns Hollow/Catherine Furnace: Starting at the commuter lot on VA 211 near New Market hikers will head south on the Massanutten, Browns Hollow, and Roaring Run trails and then do a counter-clockwise loop with CR 1618A, passing Catherine Furnace. Hikers will continue north on Roaring Run, Massanutten, Birds Knob, and Massanutten again to return to the commuter lot. 19 miles and 4100' of gain. PATC Map H.

Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Buzzard Rock/North Massanutten. (PATC Map G). 8:00am. Starting at the Buzzard Rock Trailhead on Route 619, 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 and 3000 feet of elevation gain.
Leader: Joan D'Alonzo joandalonzo@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 28 - North of New Market Gap- Starting from New Market Gap we will hike a northern loop visiting the summit of both Stickler and Duncan Knobs. Approximately 15 miles with 2500’ of elevation gain.
Leader: Steve Brown, swbmit77@verizon.net

Tuesday, August 21 - AT Out and Back, Thornton Gap to Little Stony Man Cliffs - Central District SNP. (PATC Map 10) Stay high, stay cool. 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: Bob Livezey

Tuesday, August 14 - Old Rag, Corbin Mtn. and Back - Central District SNP. (PATC Map 10) From the Old Rag parking lot hike up the Old Rag Ridge Trail and take the Saddle Trail down and then up the Old Rag Fire Rd. and down the Corbin Mtn. Trail to the Nicholson Hollow Tail. After a cooling dip in the swimming hole we will return to the parking lot. (About 16 miles and 3100 feet elevation gain.)
Leader: Mike Christiani mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday, August. 7 Pond Run/White Rocks- Starting where the Old Mine Trail intersects Waites Run Road, hikers will head toward Pond Run and climb the trail to Half Moon Overlook. Hikers will then double back to the Tuscarora before descending on Old Mail and Wilson Cove. PATC Map F. ca. 17 miles, and 2500' of climbing.
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 31 - Nethers, Stony Man and Back - Central District SNP. (PATC Map 10) From the Old Rag parking lot we will go up Nicholson Hollow Trail, the AT to the Stony Man peak for lunch. 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@gmal.com

Tuesday, July, 24 --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: Josh Silverman, betula54@msn.com

Tuesday, July 17 - 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.

Leader: Joan D'Alonzo, 302-530-4202, joandalonzo@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 10 - Around Hazel Mountain. (PACT Map 10) Starting at Rt. 600 and ascend to the AT via Hazel River, White Rocks, Hazel Mt., and Meadow Spring Trails. Then follow the AT south to the Leading Ridge Trail 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 ft of ascent.
Leader: Tom Kloster

Tuesday, July 3 – 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 at Big Meadows Lodge. After lunch we will descend to the trailhead for a splash down in the Rose River; about 18 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.

Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 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, June 19, 2018 Vigorous Hikers - Knob Mountain/Neighbor Mountain Loop. (PATC Map 9) Starting at the Jeremy’s Run Trailhead, a clockwise loop of the Knob Mt., Appalachian, and Neighbor Mt. Trails with a splash-down near the end. About 18.5 miles and 3500’ of ascent.
Leader: Mike Christiani mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 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 available.

Leader: Steve Brown swbmit77@verizon.net

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Massanutten Hike and Shenandoah Paddle (PATC Map G). Beginning at the Downriver Canoe Company (http://www.downriver.com) at Bentonville Landing, climb the Tuscarora Trail to the Massanutten Trail south, descend the Indian Grave Ridge Trail to Seak Ford Landing, pick up the delivered kayaks or canoes to paddle down the Shenandoah back to Bentonville Landing. 12 miles hiking, 1800 ft. ascent, 12 miles paddling. Canoe/kayak reservations will be made by the Leader in advance. Non-paddling option available.
Leader: Barry Winkelman (cfarerinc@gmail.com) 301-367-7547

Tuesday, May 29 - Vigorous Hikers - Little Schloss and Big Schloss Loop. (PATC Map F) Start and finish (with splashdown) at Little Stony Creek counterclockwise to the two most prominent rock outcroppings in the Great North Mt., GWNF. About 18 miles and 3000’ of ascent.
Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 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 17 miles with 3000 ft. of ascent.
Leader: Joan D’Alonzo - joandalonzo@gmail.com 302-530-4202

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 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. Total elevation gain will be close to 3400' covering about 17 miles of trails.
David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - Staunton River Trail Loop – Central District SNP - (PATC Map 10): We will climb the Staunton River Trail, Jones Mountain Trail, Cat Knob Trail, and Laurel Prong Trail to the AT. We’ll then head north on the AT to Milam Gap. We’ll descend the Mill Prong Trail through Rapidan Camp and return to the start via the Laurel Prong, Fork Mountain and Staunton River Trails. Approximately 20 miles with 4600 ft of climb. A shortcut for a 15 mile hike is available.
Leader: Gene Whitaker genewhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - Massanutten-Runkles Gap Splashdown. GWNF (PATC Map H). Starting at Runkles Gap we will explore some trails at the southern end of Massanutten Mountain with Kaylor Knob, Massanutten Peak, and The Kettle as highlights. At the end of the hike, there will be an opportunity for a cooling splashdown in Boone Run. About 15 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.
Leader: Dave Green dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday April 24 , 2018 - Austin Mt. Blackrock - Parking at the end of VA Rt 663, hike ascends the Madison Run Road and Austin Mountain Trail to the AT, north to turn on the Doyles River Trail, then 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. (N38.25685 W78.76920)
Leader: Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday April 17, 2018 – 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 April 10, 2018 - 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
- Josh Silverman betula54@msn.com

Tuesday April 3, 2018 - 15th Redbud, Maryland Edition - 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 bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday March 27, 2018 - Roller Coaster - 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 605 for shuttles back to rte 7. Elev. 5000', 17.25 miles. PATC Map 8.
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com 703.596.2358

Tuesday March 20, 2018 - Up Buck Hollow and Around and Back – (PATC map 10) From the Rt. 211 parking area above Sperryville we will climb Buck Hollow and Skyline Drive to Hanna Run. We will then go down Hanna Run to Nicholson Hollow and up Hot Short Mtn. Trail. We will then take Hazel Mtn. Trail to Buck Ridge and back to the parking area.(17.5 miles and 3800 ft. of climb)
Leader: Gene Whitaker, GeneWhit@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Cleared deadfalls and debris from trails felled by windstorm.

Tuesday March 6, 2018 - Tuscarora Trail, Devil’s Backbone and Capon Springs Relo. - (PATC Maps F and L, although the “Relo” isn’t shown.) A beautiful 15-mile (2000’ of ascent) ridge tour from above the Shawnee Reservation south to Route 55 with a car shuttle.
Leader: Mike Christiani mike@cptrllc.com

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 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.
Leader: Gene Whitaker genewhit@gmail.com N38.69256 W78.27162

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 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 to the Horse Trail and cross the Skyline Drive and up to the top of Hawksbill. We will take the Salamander trail to the AT and on to Fishers Gap, then back via the Horse Trail and down Cedar Run Trail. (17 miles with 3,500 feet of elevation gain).
Leader: Phil Ayliff philip.ayliff@kwccpa.com

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 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.

Leader: Lou Hurwitz lou.nutshell@hotmail.com

Tuesday February 6, 2018 - 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.

Leader: Bob Livezey bobbilbo@msn.com

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - Elizabeth Furnace/Signal Knob -- (PATC Map G) Starting at Elizabeth Furnace, hikers will do a figure-8 to Shawl Gap, Sherman Gap, Meneka Peak, and Bear Wallow back down to Elizabeth Furnace. 17.5 miles and about 3800' elevation.
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 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, January 16, 2018 - Piney Ridge–AT–Hull School Trail Loop -- (PATC Map 9) Starting at the Keyser Run Fire Road at the end of VA614, we’ll take the Hull School Trail to the Piney Branch Trail and Piney Ridge Trail then climb to the Appalachian Trail and take it south to Beahm’s Gap. Return via the Hull School Trail to parking. Approximately 17 miles with 3,500’ elevation gain.

Leader: Steve Brown swbmit77@verizon.net

Tuesday January 9, 2018 - A Slice of HAM. - 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, with cars pre-positioned for return to the starting point. The distance will be 19.5 miles with about 4100 feet of ascent.

Leader: Tom Kloster twk07@comcast.net

Tuesday January 2, 2018 - Hickerson Hollow, Lands Run Bushwhack, and AT. (PATC Map 9) Starting where the AT crosses US 522 southeast of Front Royal, we will proceed to Lands Run Gap via Hickerson Hollow, descend the Lands Run Gap Road and then bushwhack up Lands Run to visit some waterfalls. We will then return to the starting point via the AT. About 13 miles with 3200 feet of ascent. For non-bushwhackers and those wishing more mileage, we may visit Compton Peak.
Leader - Dave Green dkgreenva@hotmail.com 703-536-5189