Hiking - WednesdaysEvery Wednesday at 9:00am-3:00pm
Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 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
2016 SCHEDULED HIKES
September 7—AT North from Jarman Gap to Turk Branch, Moorman’s River fire road, 7.3-mile loop 2000’, ramble through lush hardwoods ending with a gentle ascent beside the tumbling Moorman’s River, take on Turk Mountain peak with a 180° view of the Shenandoah Valley for an additional 1.8-mile O&B trek, park-Skyline Drive MP96.8, Leader-Lance Lauer Lauerhass
September 14—Big Run, 6-mile loop, 1400’, stunning views at the beginning & end of this impressive circle of the Big Run Basin watershed, park-Skyline Drive, Big Run Overlook just south MP81, Leader-Maynard Davis
September 21—Whetstone Ridge, 7-mile O&B, 1170’, explore the north end of one of the longest, solitary trails in the Glenwood/Pedlar Ranger Districts with views of the Three Ridges/Priest Wildernesses, & Adams Peak, park-Ranger Station, Blue Ridge Parkway MP29, Leader-Irene Burke
September 28—Furnace Mt. to Trayfoot Mt. intersection 7-mile O&B, 2200’ elevation, ascend through dense mountain laurel over an easy sandy tread a now mountain-high beach, top Furnace Mt. for an extra O&B mile, park-Grottoes fire road, PATC Map 11, Leader-Pete Fink
October 5—AT north to South River Road, descend to falls then ascend South River Falls to AT & South River picnic grounds, 7.5-mile shuttle, 2300’ elevation, blazing fall forest arches over 83’ falls, 3rd largest in SNP, begin-Swift Run Gap, AT north, end-South River picnic grounds AT north, Leader-Anne Colgate
October 12—Braley Pond, Bald Ridge trail, 7-mile O&B, 1800’ elevation, ascend Shenandoah Mt. to the edge of Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness Area dense with wildlife: great-horned owls, pileated woodpeckers, eastern box turtles, newts, efts, crimson & indigo berried shrubs, park-Braley Pond recreation area, 1.1 miles left from right turn off Rte.715 off Rte.250W, Leader-Lance Lauerhass
October 19—Reeds Gap, AT south, ascend Meadow Mt., Bee Mt, then the northern knoll of Three Ridges (best view-3970’) at Hanging Rock, 7.5-mile O&B, 2150’ elevation, rocky & rough but rewarding east/west scenes of blue-green ridge after ridge after ridge, park-Reeds Gap, Rte.664, Blue Ridge Parkway MP13.5, Leader-Maynard Davis
October 26—Montebello Fish Hatchery, Fish Hatchery Road to AT north, Spy Rock scramble, then 1.9 miles to another one of those lunch-time views of endless folds of blue-green ridges, 7-mile O&B, 1250’, from Spy Rock a 360º spectacle of the Religious Range: The Priest, The Little Priest, The Friar, The Little Friar, & The Cardinal, park-end of Fish Hatchery gravel road, Leader-Irene Burke
November 2—Cedar Run, Big Meadows Horse, White Oak Canyon, 8-mile loop, 2800’, best approach to this imposing hike with mega bragging rights, lots of rest stops for pics with oohs & ahs, park-White Oak Canyon entrance, Rte.600, Leader-Pete Fink
November 9—Fortune’s Cove, Lovingston, Nelson County, 5.3 mile loop, 1420’ elevation, a short steep ascent with a gentle descent, followed by BYOL to Anne Colgate’s historic homestead for lunch & dessert, Leader-Anne Colgate
November 16—Nicholson Hollow to Hot/Short, Hazel Mt., Catlett, Hannah, Nicholson Hollow, 8-mile loop, 2100’, park-Nethers Rd. same as for Old Rag ridge scramble, Leader-Lance Lauerhass
November 23—Humpback Rocks Gap, AT north to Paul Wolfe shelter, 5.4-mile O&B, 425’ elevation, get in shape for that Thanksgiving Day fiesta with a short, challenging trek on the AT, serene hardwood forests, an easy descent to the shelter’s stream crossing & heaps of burned calories, park-Humpback Rocks Gap, Blue Ridge Parkway MP 6, Leader-Irene Burke
November 30—AT south from Bootens Gap, Skyline Drive MP55 to Pocosin parking, MP 59.5, unmarked, east side of Drive, including Bear Fence scramble, 5-mile shuttle, 1330’ elevation, view Cat Knob & Fork Mt. from atop Bear Fence Rock; according to dictionary.com pocosin is likely a southern Eastern Algonquian term for an upland wetland with no inlet, Leader-Maynard Davis
December 7—Broad Hollow, Sam’s Ridge, Hazel Mt., Pine Hill Gap, 7-mile loop, 1800’, tucked among Old Rag, Catlett, and Hazel Mountains pass by tumbling cascades, 19th century cabin ruins, healthy hemlock & tangled masses of mountain laurel, park-trailhead, Rte.681 Rolling Rd., Leader-Pete Fink
December 14—Buck Hollow, Hazel Mt., Buck Ridge, 6.3-mile loop, 1800’, ascend .3-miles of rock & timber stairs through a narrowing hollow for a short 400’ beside 19th century cabin foundations, homestead walls, a plummeting Thornton River tributary with a hidden view of Oven Top Mt. on the Buck Ridge descent, park-Meadow Springs, US211 between Sperryville & Thornton Gap, Leader-Anne Colgate
December 21—Graves Mill, Staunton River, McDaniel Hollow, Jones Mt. to Bear Church Rock, 8.6-mile O&B, 2200’, Rapidan & Staunton Rivers, falls and pools, arching mountain laurel tunnels, thick club moss groundcovers & 19th century walled homesteads line both sides of this walk in the woods, park-Graves Mill trailhead, Rte.662, Leader-Lance Lauerhass
December 28—Annual New Year’s Hike, Berry Hollow fire road, Old Rage Saddle, Old Rag summit, 5.6-mile O&B, 2415’ little-known ascent of Old Rag avoids the crowds & dicey rock scramble for the incomparable 360º view, park-Berry Hollow cul-de sac, Leader-Irene Burke
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
Varies; check schedule