Hiking - WednesdaysEvery Wednesday at 9:00am-3:00pm
Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:00am
Return is usually by 4 p.m. Senior Center volunteers plan and lead the hikes.
Welcome Wednesday hikers!
We meet at the Center parking lot, leaving promptly at 9AM: in the summer (June-September), 8AM. Return times vary: 2-6PM depending on distance from Charlottesville & hike length. Notify the hike leader when you plan to meet the group at the trailhead or a convenient waypoint. Arrange any shortened version of these hikes in advance with the hike leader.
Elevation changes range from 1200’-3000’ with an average of 1500’-2500’; distances, about 8 miles with some at 10.
Bring lunch, snacks, ample water, change of shoes with a bag for muddy boots & $5 for the carpool driver.
Wear & bring appropriate clothing: hiking boots or shoes, rain-gear, & spare socks. Traction devices like Stabilicer ice cleats are mandatory for wintery conditions. Consider trekking poles for stream crossings & steep descents.
Rambling about the Blue Ridge can be a vigorous & taxing enterprise even for the experienced. We gladly welcome new hikers & encourage a spirit of camaraderie with a touch of laughter & much joy.
Dogs are not allowed.
SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY HIKES
Date TBD—Three Ridges Overlook, Bushwhack through Wintergreen trail onto Old AT, to Dripping Rock, to Overlook on New AT south, 9-mile loop, 1000’ elevation, PATC Map12 park-Three Ridges Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway MP13.3, Leader-Pete Fink
2017 SCHEDULED HIKES:
June 7 Wildcat, Riprap: 9.5-mile loop, 2300’; descend Wildcat to the hollow then up Riprap past Chimney Rock to the AT & back to the Wildcat trailhead. Along the way feel the forest hushed, primeval with ferny growth, hidden pools & gentle cascades, Park MP 92.1, Skyline Drive, PATC map11. Leader-Maynard Davis
June 14 Mine Bank, Mary’s River, 9.7-mile loop, 2200’. Oh to be in St. Mary’s Wilderness now; lush rhododendrons’ deep purple blooms cascading beside every path, dappled with oaken light, their favorite haunt; The parking area is receded on a gravel road 70 yards from the Blue Ridge Parkway, MP23, PATC map 12. Leader-Pete Fink
June 21 Graves Mill, Bear Church Rock, 8.6-mile loop, 2200’; Rapidan & Staunton Rivers: falls & pools, low-hanging, mountain laurel tunnels, thick club moss groundcovers & 19th century walled homesteads line both sides of this trail before you lunch at the Bear Church Rock overlook with its unobstructed 360º views of the Appalachian folded, green-forested mountains; park at end of VA662 in the Graves Mill Parking area, PATC map 10. Leader-Pete Fink
June 28 Stony Mountain circuit, 10.1-mile loop, 1840’. This secluded hike passes through the Rapidan State Wildlife Management Area offering rock-topped views, a cemetery abandoned since the 1920’s, hidden swimming holes & a trek that climbs at the beginning, ending with a cooling descent; park where VA670/Old Blue Ridge Tpke ends, at the Rose River, PATC map10. Leader-Anne Colgate
July 5th Graves Mill, Staunton River Trail to Fork Mt. 9.6-mile, out and back, 2200’. Rapidan & Staunton Rivers, falls and pools, arching mountain laurel tunnels, thick club moss groundcovers and 19th century walled homesteads; park Graves Mill trailhead, VA662, PATC map 10. Leader-Pete Fink
July 12 Cedar Run, Big Meadows Horse trail, White Oak Canyon, 9.6-mile loop, 3200’; best approach to this memorable hike: park White Oak Canyon entrance, VA600, PATC map 10, K-10 inset. Leader-Irene Burke
July 19th Hazel Mtn., White Rocks + Falls, Hazel River, Hazel Mtn. Trail, 8.7-mile loop, 2500’, cooling stream-side hike; follow VA231, VA681, right 600: park at trailhead, PATC map 10. Leader-Anne Colgate.
July 26 St.Mary’s River trail to Mine Bank trail junction, newly added 8-mile out and back in the St. Mary’s Wilderness along the St. Mary’s River trail; (trail markings not permitted in wilderness areas), from US340 follow VA608/41: park at trailhead, PATC map 12, 19C, just south of Stuarts Draft. Leader-Peter Fink
August 2 Two Mile Run Overlook, Rocky Mount trail, Gap Run trail. Rocky Mount trail arduous but rewarding 9.7-mile loop, 2900’: park Skyline Drive 76, Two Mile Run Overlook PATC map 11. Leader-Steve Braintwain
August 9 Camp Todd Hardscrabble Knob summit, 7-mile, out and back, 2050’, follow VA715, off US250 to trailhead parking in W. Augusta County, National Geographic map #791 East Side. Leader-Anne Colgate
August 16 Hazel Mtn. territory, 8.9-mile loop, 2575’ with dense, welcome tree-cover, Buck Ridge trail, Hazel Mtn. trail, White Rocks trail intersection, Buck Ridge Hollow trail: park at trailhead US211 between Sperryville and Thornton Gap, PATC map 09. Leader-Anne Colgate
August 23 Whetstone Ridge, 11.9-mile shuttle, 2000’, descend along the undulating ridge to Irish Creek Road VA603; begin at Blue Ridge Parkway 29, Ranger Station, PATC map 13. Leader-Irene Burke
August 30 Brown’s Gap, 9.4-mile out and back, 1950’, AT northbound, Austin Mt., Rockytop, Lewis Peak and spur, 360° views including Rockytop and the Big Run watershed: park Skyline Drive 83, PATC map 11. Leader-Peter Fink.
September 6 Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness, 8-mile out and back, 2200’, Road Hollow, Shenandoah Mtn., Jerry’s Run, cabin chimney ruins, follow VA250W of Staunton: park at picnic grounds and trailhead, National Geographic map #791 East Side. Leader-Irene Burke.
September 13 Brown Mtn. Overlook, Brown Mtn. trail. Rocky Mtn. Run trail, Big Run Portal, Brown Mtn. trail: park Skyline Drive 76.8, PATC map 11. Leader-Peter Fink
September 20 Fortune’s Cove, 5.3-mile loop, 1420’, Lovingston, Nelson County; a short steep ascent with a mix of gentle and steep descents ending with a BYO Lunch to Anne Colgate’s nearby historic homestead with dessert provided: park at trailhead. Leader-Anne Colgate
September 27 Bootens Gap, 8-mile loop, 1200’, AT northbound, Laurel Prong trail, Cat Knob trail, Jones Mtn. trail, Fork Mtn. trail, Laurel Prong trail, Camp Rapidan, Laurel Prong trail, AT southbound, Bootens Gap: park Skyline Drive 55.1, PATC map 10. Leader-Gabriel Garretson
October 4 Buck Hollow, 10 mile-shuttle, 2600’, Mountain Spring, AT northbound, at Mary’s Rock a 180° Shenandoah River Valley view, continue on the AT north, crossing Skyline Drive to Pass Mtn. trail and the US211 terminus: park US211 Buck Hollow trailhead, PATC map 10, H-2. Leader-Steve Braintwain
October 11 Weakly Hollow fire road, 8.3-mile out and back, 1420’, Nicholson Hollow trail, Corbin Cabin: park at fire road trailhead, PATC map 10, L-7. Leader-Gabriel Garretson
October 18 Broad Hollow, Sam’s Ridge, Hazel Mt., Pine Hill Gap, 7-mile loop, 1800’, pass by tumbling cascades and 19th century cabin ruins: park at trailhead VA681 Rolling Rd., PATC map 09. Leader-Irene Burke
October 25 Two Mile Run Overlook, Rocky Mount trail, Gap Run trail, Rocky Mount trail, 9.7-mile loop, 2900’: park Skyline Drive MP76, Two Mile Run Overlook, PATC map 11. Leader: Anne Colgate
November 1 Cole Mountain, AT northbound, 10-mile out and back, 2500’, unobstructed 50-mile, 360 views: park where Appalachian Trail crosses US60 west of Amherst, PATC map 13. Leader-Anne Colgate
November 8 Rocky Mount, 10.2-mile lollipop loop, 2600’, walk north .2 mile along Skyline Drive to Rocky Mount trail, to the summit at 2500’, descend Gap Run trail returning to Rocky Mount trail: park Two Mile Run overlook, Skyline Drive 76.3, PATC map 12. Leader-Peter Fink
November 15 Jarman Gap, 8-mile loop, 2030’, Moormans River Road, AT north, Turk Mtn., AT northbound, Turk Branch trail, Moormans River Road, Jarman Gap: park Skyline Drive 97.3, PATC map 12. Leader-Gabriel Garretson
November 22 Humpback Rocks Gap, 5.4 out and back, 425’, AT north to Paul Wolfe shelter, Albright trail loop with AT return to Humpback Rocks Gap, Blue Ridge Parkway 6.0, PATC map 12. Leader-Irene Burke
November 29 Jones Run/Doyle’s River Falls, 8.4-mile loop, 1800’, Jones Run parking, Skyline Drive 84, Jones Run trail, Doyle’s River trail, AT southbound to start, PATC map 12. Leader-Steve Braintwain
December 6 Big Run 7-mile loop, 1600’; AT northbound, Madison Run fire road at Browns Gap, Madison Run Spur trail, Big Run Loop trail: park Big Run Loop overlook, Skyline Drive 82.8, PATC map 12. Leader-Peter Fink
December 13 Rocky Mountain/Brown Mountain, 10.1-mile loop, 2100’, clockwise on Brown Mtn. trail, Rocky Mtn. Run trail, Big Run Portal trail, Brown Mtn. trail: park Brown Mtn. overlook, Skyline Drive 76.9, PATC map 12. Leader-Anne Colgate
December 20 Wildcat, Riprap: 9.5-mile loop, 2300’; descend Wildcat to the hollow then up Riprap past Chimney Rock to the AT and back to the Wildcat trailhead: park Skyline Drive 92.1, PATC map 11. Leader-Irene Burke
December 27 Old Rag/ New Year’s trek, 5.6-mile out and back, 2415’ from Berry Hollow fire road along the Old Rag Saddle to its peak and spectacular views without the drama of the ridge scramble: park Berry Hollow. PATC map 11. Leader-Gabriel Garretson
Varies; check schedule