|Claire Cline, Kelly O'Rourke, Anne Colgate, Marit Anderson (hike leader)|
|Mark Perschel, our lone male companion|
Five hikers came out on Thursday, November 20 to brave the cold temperatures and enjoy the 8.2 mile loop from Three Ridges Overlook connecting the old Appalachian Trail to the new Appalachian Trail. We left the Blue Ridge Parkway at 2600 ft. and climbed into the woods following the 30 year old white blaze markers up into Wintergreen. Coming out at Cedar Drive and 3600 ft. we followed the red blazed Perimeter Trail/Old Appalachian Trail markers. Much of the path had clear views of Torrey Ridge and the Shenandoah Valley. Gorgeous this time of year...and why we like winter hiking- great vistas, invigorating weather, and no insects!
|We saw lots of ice flows and carefully climbed over icy patches|
|Lunch on Cedar Cliffs about halfway, which is right across the way from Dripping Rock and where the old AT intersects the new AT. We continued south towards Three Ridges Overlook for the next few hours.|
|Claire, Mark, Marit, and Anne stopped for wine tasting at Wintergreen Winery on our way home|