Hike Schedule

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

*New for 2019!  Keep up to date on our hike schedule and reserve a spot on future hikes by signing up for the PATC Charlottesville Chapter's new Meetup page.  Meetup members obtain the earliest announcements of future activities, see who else is interested and can ask the hike leader advance questions.  Sign up at https://www.meetup.com/Charlottesville-PATC-Hiking-and-Trail-Work-Meetup/.

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.

Meeting place for hikes vary. Typical meeting spots for carpools will be Albemarle High School (AHS) in Charlottesville, Route 33 at Swift Run Gap, King's Popcorn stand at Rockfish Gap, and the Tastee Freeze on Route 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 trailhead. Riders should consider a donation to drivers.  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
Garrettson, Gabriel - gcreative@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@cstone.net, (434) 293-2953
                  ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK
January 19, Fridleys Gap and Massanutten South Trails, 5.9 miles, moderate, approximately 1500’ elevation change. Hike Leader Jim Fye. Check out trail building done with University of Maryland Terrapin Outdoor Club. Total valley view from Woodstock to Staunton on return loop. Meet at Verona Park and Ride at 8am, Massanutten Presbyterian Church on Rt. 33 at 8:30am or at the Fridley Gap Trailhead at 9. Charlottesville based hikers meet a Albemarle High School at 8am. Leader: Jim Fye, jfye40@icloud.com, (540) 830-2023.
January 26, West Swift Run Bushwack, 4 miles, strenuous 800 feet ascent. Hike Leader Gabriel Garretson. This 4 to 5 hour adventure trek starts at swift run gap and follows an old abandoned road west of Swift Run Gap and connects with the West Swift Run stream and continues until we reach Rte 628, Beldor rd. Depending on water levels on hike day, we may adjust hike to avoid up to 5 stream crossing. Trekking poles and microspikes are recommended. Please form carpools at Albemarle High School at 9am or join us at Swift Run Gap Rte 33 East monument at 9:45. Please send me an email if you also plan to join this hike, so we can better setup shuttle in advance. gcreative@hughes.net

January 27, Sunday, Chimney Hollow Trail, 7 miles out and back, moderately difficult.  Leader Barbara Martin. This trail head is right off Rt. 250, a few miles west of Churchville. We'll wander in a hollow along a beautiful little stream where there will be some minor stream crossings. Then we will begin to climb toward Crawford Mountain. This is a gradual climb of about 2 miles with elevation gain of about 2000 feet.  Along the way will be very pretty views. Meet at Rockfish Gap at King's Popcorn Stand at 9 am. Please let the hike leader know if you are coming at least 24 hours in advance. I will connect those responding who wish to carpool from Charlottesville if I receive those requests in ample time to do so. barbara@barbaramartinmusic.com

February 2, Joint Trail Work Hike with GetHiking! Charlottesville Meetup Group, 8.5 miles, moderate. Hike Leader Jeff Monroe. Don't just hike the trails, help the trails!  We will be working on cleaning up one or more access trails to Elliott Knob – the highest point in the George Washington National Forest. Clear the trail and experience a breathtaking vista! Possible microbrewery visit after the hike.  Meet at 8 am at Albemarle High School. Please email hike leader in advance if you plan to attend, so we know how many tools to bring.

February 9, Lewis Peak, 9-10 miles. Hike Leader Marit Anderson. This out-and-back hike is in the Southern District, Shenandoah National Park. It mainly follows ridges on Big Run Loop trail, then Rockytop Trail, then Lewis Peak Trail, so there will be minimal sustained climb. Lewis Peak is a majestic summit in SNP southern district.  It's not as well-known or traveled as other hikes in the park, but it has spectacular views. A fire in 2006 left the mountain tip open with sweeping vistas in every direction. There are no lengthy descents or ascents. Dress warmly and bring lunch/water. We can divide into groups if folks want a shorter option since it is an out and back. Meet at Rockfish Gap at King’s Popcorn stand at 9 am or Browns Gap at 9:45 am, call Marit Anderson to confirm: 434-987-0266. Directions: Take 64W to Rockfish Gap, go north 22 miles on Skyline Drive to Browns Gap at milepost 83.

February 16, Rip Rap Trail to Chimney and Calvary Rocks, 8 miles out and back, moderate. Hike Leader Barbara Martin. We will begin at the Crimora trail head for Rip Rap Trail. We will hike past a beautiful cascades and deep pool to two excellent rock viewpoints.  Meet at Rockfish Gap at King's Popcorn Stand at 9 am. Please let hike leader know if you are coming at least 24 hours in advance. I will connect those responding who wish to carpool from Charlottesville if I receive those requests in ample time to do so. barbara@barbaramartinmusic.com

February 23, Annual Soup Hike/ Hike Near Dyke, 5 miles. Hike Leader Iva Gillet. We will hike trails on the Albemarle/Greene County lines to be followed by soup lunch at Briarleigh Farm. Meet at AHS at 9 AM or farm on Simmons Gap at 9:30. Contact hike leader for directions: ivakayak@gmail.com or 434-985-9854.

March 2, The Priest, 8.5 miles, 3,100 feet elevation gain, very strenuous. Hike Leader Dan Ralston. The Priest is located in The Priest Wilderness south-west of Charlottesville. The Appalachian Trail runs through the wilderness and it is by way of the AT that one can reach the 4,063 ft. summit of The Priest. The trailhead is located in a valley by the Tye River at about 1,000 ft. in elevation, possibly making this the highest elevation gain of any hike in Virginia at around 3,100 feet.  The 4 mile trail leading to the summit is well maintained with a few short rocky stretches. Other than that the trail is generally smooth with a constant gradual climb and no real steep sections until the last quarter mile. Plenty of switchbacks and a couple stream crossings make this hike up the mountain an interesting one. There is a very nice spot just past the summit that provides excellent views of the Shenandoah Valley which is where we will have lunch. I suggest that you bring hiking poles to assist with the stream crossings and the long downhill return trip to save your knees. We will meet at 8:20am at Albemarle High School and leave there promptly at 8:30.

March 9, Massanutten Kaylor Knob Loop, 9 miles. Hike Leader Michael Seth. Details to follow.

March 16, Mutton Hollow New Trail Building continued, Cadillac Crew.  The Cadillac Crew will continue the work on the new trail Mutton Hollow Loop Trail near the Vining Cabin in Mutton Hollow and needs your help.  The work entails everything from removing the vegetation along the path to digging out rocks. Work on whatever part you would like and for as long as you want.  Please join them in this effort to add more trails to the Mutton Hollow area. Bring work gloves, a small hand saw or loppers to use to clear the trail, also water and a lunch. Email Bill Holman if you have any questions (email listed above). Meet at Albemarle High School at 9am.

March 23, SNP Rip Rap 6 miles, moderate. Hike Leader Gabriel Garretson. Details to follow.

March 30, Entry Run Trails, 5 to 8 moderate miles depending on route. Hike Leader Mark Walkup. We will begin the hike at 10am at 1336 Pocosan Mt Road (altitude 1800 ft).  We will descend about 600ft on the new Quercus Loop Trail from the top of the Entry Run Tract’s border with Pocosan Mt Road to meet John’s Rest Trail just above PATC’s John’s Rest Cabin.  We will walk up John’s Rest Trail beside the rushing waters of Entry Run, past PATC’s Rosser Lamb Cabin and intersect with Entry Run Trail. From there, we’ll walk about a mile up through the SNP to the Pocosan Fire Road, head west for .5 miles and have lunch at the ruins of the Upper Pocosan Mission.  We will backtrack gently down to Rosser Lamb Cabin, but then descend the lower Entry Run Trail for 1.5 miles, past the historic Lamb cemetery, and follow the ridgeline down to the trailhead below John’s Rest cabin. There we rejoin Quercus Trail to climb back up through enormous boulders, bear caves, weeping rock cliffs, and chestnut oak forest to return to our starting place by early/mid-afternoon.  You will be greeted by fuzzy dogs, goats, sheep, and feathered friends on the farm. Refreshments served on the deck. There will be an opportunity for those with tired legs to shorten the hike and cut back to my house earlier, at Rosser Lamb Cabin. You can await the group there, or depart at your leisure. Meet at Albemarle High School at 9am or 10am at 1336 Pocosan Mt. Road, Stanardsville. Email: rmwalkup@gmail.com.