submitted by Jeff Monroe
The Charlottesville Chapter conducted a joint hike with the Southern Shenandoah Valley Chapter on March 17th. Four Charlottesville hikers traveled over the mountain: hike leader Jeff Monroe, Marie Moss and first timer Karen Ballen met in Charlottesville, and picked up John Brandt in Afton. After meeting eight SSVC hikers in Churchville and discussing trail conditions, the groups decided to hike together without using shuttles, but to still hike on Shenandoah Mountain. The combined group first enjoyed a short hike north on the Shenandoah Mountain Trail from Scotchtown Draft Rd. to a great scenic viewpoint, and then deep snow turned the group around to hike south from Scotchtown Draft Rd. to the projected natural gas pipeline construction corridor. Although tree felling for the pipeline had not begun on the southern end of Shenandoah Mountain, the group did observe flags marking the route. The hike was not a long one, only five-and-a-half miles, but the forecasted rain amounted to only a twenty-minute drizzle and the views from the mountain were amazing!