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) 825-1199
   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

October 21, Rocky Mount/Gap Run Custom Loop, Hike Leader Gabriel Garretson, 7.0 miles, 1900 ft ascent, strenuous.  Unique hike to enjoy a more moderate version of the Rocky Mount/Gap Run hike, starting from Heartflame Garden, where we will consolidate cars before driving to Rte 628 access location.  The Rocky Mount loop is normally a very strenuous 10+ mile 2800 ft ascent circuit hike in the southern section of the Shenandoah National Park.  The rewards are great panoramic views at the Rocky Mount summit and a chance to review amazing recovery from fire damage last year.  There will also be several easy stream crossings. After the hike, you are invited to enjoy the late fall beauty of Heartflame Garden (www.heartflamegarden.com). A selection of beer and wine and other after hike refreshments will be available.  Meet at AHS at 9:00am and form carpools or drive directly, meet at Heartflame Garden by 9:45am. Car Pool Directions: Take Rte 29 north to Rte 33 west and continue past Swift Run Gap to left on Beldor Road , then left on Sandy Bottom to 2nd driveway on right, down to Heartflame Garden @ 650 Sandy Bottom Rd. Please send email to ghb2011@hughes.net if you plan to attend so we can better prepare.

October 23, Monday,  Skyland to Thornton Gap (AT in SNP), Hike Leader Howard Davis, 11 miles with 3000 plus feet of elevation change.  Eleven mile day hike over Stony Man Mountain and Mary’s Rock.  It’s mostly downhill off Mary's Rock.  Hike limited to 12.  Please contact Howard Davis at hsdhiker@gmail.com or 434-964-1242.

October 27 to 30, November 17 to 20, PATC Old Rag Cabin Outreach.  Would you like to stay at the Old Rag Cabin and be part of a unique community outreach opportunity? PATC President, Jim Tomlin, has reserved the Old Rag Cabin for three events over the next several months and he needs volunteers to assist him. Volunteers will staff a table by the road and hand out free water and sports drinks, membership brochures, tell hikers about PATC, and ask them if they would like to become members of PATC in order to support us.  Volunteers will also hand out dates of future volunteer weekends so that anyone interested in volunteering would be welcome. Those volunteering for these events should plan on being self-sufficient on the weekend...food, transportation, gear, etc. It is recommended that volunteers stay at the cabin on Friday and/or Saturday nights, but that is optional. The table will be set up very early each morning in order to grab the early bird hikers.  Jim would like to have 2-4 people, so that everyone can take turns staffing the table and chilling out at the cabin. Anyone interested should contact Jim directly at jftomlin@gmail.com for the details.

October 29, Sunday, Little House, Big House Mountains, Hike Leader Barbara Martin, 8.2 miles, 2850 feet elevation, moderately strenuous. The House Mountain hike near Lexington Virginia is really two out-and-back hikes in one. Big House Mountain, with great views to the west from Goat Point Overlook and Little House Mountain, with its spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley to the northeast. A major draw to Big House Mountain over the last several years is to spend time with the friendly goat. She took up residence on the ridge of Big House Mountain around 2011, and is known to join hikers up the last section to Goat Point Overlook, then asks for a toll tax of food ... which she normally receives. Meet at 9 am at Kings Popcorn Stand, Rockfish Gap.  If you'd like to carpool from Charlottesville contact Barbara Martin at barbara@barbaramartinmusic.com and I'll connect with you with others wishing to carpool.  Let me know if you want to meet at the trail head or somewhere else along the way.  1 hour and 15 minute drive from Rockfish Gap to the trail head.

November 4, Full Moon Hike to Hawkbill Summit, Hike Leader Iva Gillet, 5 miles.  Meet in the afternoon for a hike along the AT north to the summit of Hawksbill Summit, highest place in the SNP. From the summit, we can enjoy our picnic dinner as we watch the sun set and the full moon rise. Details to follow.

November 11, Whetstone Ridge Trail, Hike Leader Jeff Monroe, 12 mile strenuous hike with 1900 feet ascent, 3500 foot descent. Joint hike with the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club - come meet the folks that maintain the AT south of the Tye River! The hike will begin at Milepost 29 on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Whetstone Ridge Visitor Center. The trail runs along the spine of the ridge for approximately 8 miles before dropping down, and offers great views including Three Ridges,The Priest and Adams Peak. We start high, but there are many short climbs and drops along the ridge before the last few miles descend 1250 feet and exit on VA 603. There will be a 35 minute shuttle from VA 603 to the Parkway. Meet at Albemarle High at 7:30am or the Whetstone Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 9:00am. We can meet at Rockfish Gap at 8:00am, but only if hike leader is notified in advance. (No dogs on this hike).

November 17, Friday, Old Rag, Hike Leader Marit Anderson, ~9 miles. Circuit hike with a 2,200-foot climb and rock scramble plus great views! This is not your normal hike, requiring hikers to squish under, hurtle themselves over, and propel themselves through and around rocks. A fun adventure, and not serious rock climbing. We will take the Ridge Trail up and loop back on the Weakley Hollow Fire Road. There may be a stop at the new PATC Old Rag Cabin at the end of the hike if possible. DIRECTIONS: Take 29N to Madison, then Route 231 through Banco and Etlan. Turn west onto Route 602 (look for sign to Old Rag), which changes to 707, then Route 600 through Nethers, 3.5 miles from 231. We’ll park in the large Old Rag parking area. Individual entrance fee per person ($5) or current park pass is required.

December 2, Trail Maintenance and Hike, Leader Marit Anderson.  We will make water bars and paint blazes on the AT section from Turk Gap to Crimora Lake Overlook- break for lunch and those interested can hike to Turk Mt. Summit (2 miles).  Meet at popcorn stand at 9:30 am at Afton Mountain and we will carpool into SNP.  Wear work clothes, bring work gloves, water and lunch.  Tools will be provided. Call Marit Anderson to confirm...or to set up carpools from Charlottesville: 434-987-0266