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.

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 High School (AHS) 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 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
   Garretson, 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
 

                                             ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK
September 29, “Lost Cliffs” South River Falls loop, Hike Leader Gabriel Garretson, moderate strenuous 6.5 mile hike with 1500 feet ascent. Join the Charlottesville PATC group for an adventure trek in the Central Section of Shenandoah National Park to explore an overlooked area with some lost cliffs and a visit South River Falls using a new trail. This hike includes two steep rock scrambles of about 200 feet with great vistas and exceptional waterfall views. I will meet others at the South River Overlook parking area, not the South River Picnic area, about 9:40. Please let me know via email to ghb2011@hughes.net if you also plan to drive to trailhead. Carpools at Albemarle High School at 9:00 am.  Directions: 29N, left on Rte 33 to the Swift Run entrance to ~ South River Overlook Parking MP 62.7.
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October 6, Appalachian Trail maintenance, Hike Leader John Shannon. This trip is to remove some trees on the Appalachian Trail between Rockfish and McCormick Gaps, for which the Charlottesville Chapter of the PATC is the maintainer. Before Hurricane Florence, there were three new blowdowns, and possibly more by now which we will remove. There is always erosion control to do but the priority of the day is to remove obstacles on the trail. As we walk along, there are usually small branches to cut to keep the corridor open so people who don’t want to help with the blowdowns can be of much help by clipping. Standard clothing for work trip is long pants, gloves, boot, hard hats (some will be provided) eye protection recommended. We plan to start at McCormick Gap.  Meet at Albemarle High School at 9am or Rockfish Gap at 9:30.

October 13, Sprout's Run/Wilson Mountain Loop, Jefferson Nat'l Forest, Hike Leader Jeff Monroe, 8 miles, moderate.  Starting on Solitude Rd near Arcadia in Botetourt County, we will follow Sprouts Run for about 3 miles. We will ascend the Sprout's Run valley with numerous stream crossings up to a gravel road. Following the road for about 3/4 mile we will pick up the Wilson Mountain Trail. There are limited views of the James River and train lines below to the north. The trail follows the mountain ridge before descending back to the Sprouts Run Trail and our parking area. Most of the trail up is moderate in grade with one steep portion about halfway through the hike.  Joint hike with the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club. Meet at AHS at 8:30 am or 9:00 am at King’s Popcorn Stand at Rockfish Gap if hike leader is notified in advance.  90 mile drive each way.

October 20, Pete's Cave - North Mountain Trail, Hike Leader Barbara Martin, 7 miles, moderate.  Beautiful views and a very unique and “cathedral-like” rock formation are on this very interesting and inspiring hike in Rockbridge County.  A pot luck party afterwards at Andre Meyer's home, 15 minutes from the trail head. Bring what you wish/prefer to grill or drink and side dishes will be provided.  Meet at 9 am at King's Popcorn, Rockfish Gap. The trail head is about 1 hour from Rockfish Gap.
  
October 27, Trayfoot-Paynes Run from Harriston, Hike Leader Michael Seth,  9.9 miles 2200 feet elevation gain.  Enjoy the fall colors in the SNP without having to deal with Skyline Drive leaf-peeper trafffic. This is 9.9 mile circuit hike starting from the trailhead off Route 340.  All the uphill is in the first half, then it is a mostly gradual descent for five miles. Meet at Albemarle High School at 9am or at King’s Popcorn Stand at Rockfish Gap at 9:30. From there it is 30 minutes to the trailhead. Directions from Rockfish Gap: Three miles to Wayneboro on 250 and turn right heading north of 340 for 11 miles. Then turn right on 778 (Harriston Road) for 2 miles and then right for on 661 (Horsehead Road) for .9 miles- You will see the distinctive shaped Horsehead Mt straight ahead.  The trailhead is where 661 ends.

November 3, Volunteers to Clear Invasive Plants at the Vining Cabin in Mutton Hollow.  The PATC is partnering with the Vining family to remove invasive plants from eight acres below the Vining Cabin, and establish a native plant meadow and shrubs in their place.  We are doing this 3-year project with guidance from the Blue Ridge PRISM and the expertise and financial assistance of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and supplementing the work of a professional contractor with volunteers.  If you haven't been to the Vining Cabin since December, you've missed an amazing transformation of most of this acreage, which is almost completely cleared and reduced to wood chips.  The barns are visible!  On November 3 and 4 we will remove more invasive plants (e.g., autumn olive, Japanese honeysuckle, multiflora rose, tree-of-heaven, princess tree) from the perimeter of the area already cleared by the forest mulcher, in order to further protect the acreage that will be planted as a meadow in 2019.  Make sure to bring a pair of gloves, and a pair of pruners and a handsaw if you have them.  Come and help us improve the health of the land on a PATC site we all love to visit and hike.  In a couple years you'll be able to kick back with a choice beverage on the front porch of the Vining Cabin, survey a beautiful wildflower meadow below you, and say, Yeah, I helped create that. Meet at Albemarle High School at 9am.

November 10, Mutton Hollow New Trail Building continued..., Cadillac Crew.  Would you like to build a new trail where one has never been?  The Cadillac Crew will continue working a new trail in Mutton Hollow near the Vining Cabin and needs help clearing the path for the trail.  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.

November 18, Sunday, Rockfish Gap to the Paul Wolfe Shelter, Hike Leader Dan Ralston, 10 miles, 1,700’ elevation gain, strenuous. We will start our hike at Rockfish Gap, hiking South on the Appalachian Trail (AT) to Paul Wolfe Shelter. This is a beautiful stretch of trail and will take us to our lunch spot, Paul Wolfe Shelter. Then we will be retracing our steps north on the AT back to Rockfish Gap. If you have any questions please email me as I do not have cell service at home for calls or texts. We will all meet at Rockfish Gap at 9:30 am by the popcorn stand.

December 8, Mutton Hollow New Trail Building the end?, Cadillac Crew.  The Cadillac Crew will finish working on a new trail in Mutton Hollow near the Vining Cabin and needs all hands on deck.  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.