Hike Schedule

Hikes may be canceled or changed because of weather or other factors. If the weather forecast might create hazardous hiking conditions please email the Hike Leader for information.

Hike start times vary - please check the schedule carefully. Based on travel time to trailhead, time of year, length of hike, etc. the hike leader will determine the optimal meeting time for carpooling to the trailhead. Hikes will NOT always begin at 9 AM as in the past.

Meeting place for hikes vary. Typical meeting spots for carpools will be Albemarle HS in Charlottesville, Rt. 33 at Swift Run Gap, King's Popcorn stand at Rockfish Gap, and the Tastee Freeze on Rt 250 at Churchville, BUT it is the decision of the hike leader as to when and where the group will meet. If the hike leader is not meeting the group at AHS, please form carpools with other hikers, and meet the leader at the listed time and place.  If you would like to meet the group at the trailhead, please email or call the hike leader.

The hike leader can decide that a person will not go on a hike for factors such as inadequate equipment or supplies, physical condition inadequate for hike, behavior inconsistent with the smooth conduct of the hike.

Dogs may be allowed on hikes at the discretion of the Hike Leader, although there are a few trails in Shenandoah National Park, such as Old Rag and Dark Hollow Falls, where dogs are never allowed. Click here for further information and a complete list. Dogs must be restrained by a leash at all times in Shenandoah National Park.

We carpool to the trail head. Riders are expected to pay drivers $5.  However, the hike leader can determine an appropriate contribution based on current fuel prices and distance driven.

Carpooling is a part of our attempt to minimize environmental impact when we hike.  You can choose to drive or to ride with others.  As a courtesy to others carpooling with you, please bring a dry shirt and towel for the trip home. A plastic bag for muddy boots if the weather indicates such items may be required.  You must bring sufficient food and at least 2 liters of water to sustain yourself for the day.

Hike leaders: 
   Anderson, Marit - marit.gay@gmail.com,  (434) 987-0266
   Brown, Lindsay - lbrownpar72@yahoo.com, (434) 973-2343
   Davis, Howard - hsdhiker@gmail.com, 434-964-1242/434-282-8436
   Fink, Pete - roughnrocky@gmail.com, (434) 202-8259
   Garrettson, Gabriel - ghb2011@hughes.net, (540) 405-7153
   Gillet, Iva - ivakayak@gmail.com, (434) 409-6203
   Holman, Bill - bi11holman@yahoo.com, (434) 409-6203
   Martin, Barbara - barbara@barbaramartinmusic.com
   Monroe, Jeff - monroejeff@gmail.com, (434) 962-1808
   Perschel, Mark - Markperschel@juno.com, (904) 460-3917
   Ralston, Dan - ipdan10@hotmail.com, (434) 981-0628
   Seth, Michael - sethmj@jmu.edu, (540) 438-1301
   Shannon, John - johnsha@lumos.net, (434) 293-2953   
   Willgruber, Andy - apwillgruber@gmail.com, (434) 589-6391

                                             ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK

June 27, Tuesday, Browns Hollow-Emerald Pond-Bird Knob Loop, Massanutten. Hike Leader Michael Seth, 12 miles with a total of 2400' elevation gain. We begin and end at the Visitors' Center on Route 211.  With a cool shady hollow and a great swimming spot this makes a good summer hike, better done on a quiet weekday. It also has cliffs, interesting rock formations and giant anthills.  Meet at the Massanutten Visitor center on 211, 3320 E. Lee Highway, New Market, VA at 9:30 or contact hike leader Michael Seth sethmj@jmu.edu (540 746 0605) or meet Barbara Martin, at King's Popcorn Stand, Rockfish Gap at 8:30 am.

July 1, Jerry's Run Loop,  Hike Leader, Barbara Martin, 8.3 miles, 1175 feet elevation.  This hike is in Ramseys Draft Wilderness Area, West of Staunton. Bring long pants, long sleeve shirt, and clippers as there are stinging nettles on the trails. Also water shoes as we'll have several crossings of Ramseys Draft. We'll have lunch at the Old Sexton Cabin on Jerry's Run trail, then return on Shenandoah Mountain and Road Hollow trails. Meet at King's Popcorn stand at Rockfish Gap at 9 am.

August 26-27, Trail Work - Trailblazing with the Cadillac Crew, Vining Cabin in Mutton Hollow, 9:30 a.m. We will build new trails connecting the out buildings on the property surrounding the Vining Cabin. Bring work gloves, lunch and water. Tools will be provided. We will be staying at a member's home in Stanardsville, VA. Potluck happy hour, supper and breakfasts. Information: Kirsten Elowsky, 703-554-4979 (CadillacCrew@ patc.net)