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

August 26-27, Trail Work - Trailblazing with the Cadillac Crew, Vining Cabin in Mutton Hollow, 9 a.m.  Want to help build new trails where there has never been one before and learn about how trail building is done? Then join the Cadillac Crew in building new trails connecting the out buildings on the property surrounding the Vining Cabin. Please bring work gloves, lunch and water; tools will be provided.  For those near the Charlottesville area, we will meet at the parking lot in front of Albermarle High School on Saturday at 9am to form carpools, otherwise contact Kirsten for details.  Information: Kirsten Elowsky, 703-554-4979 (CadillacCrew@ patc.net). Pre-registration required by August 23. Register at https://sites.google. com/site/cadillaccrewreg/registration.
September 2, Rocky Mountain-Brown Mountain Loop, Shenandoah National Park, Hike Leader Barbara Martin, 10.3 miles, 2600 feet elevation gain, strenuous. This lollipop hike takes us to the largest watershed in Shenandoah National Park.  It also reaches some of the the most remote parts of the entire park.  There will be several water crossings, so bring hiking poles and water shoes.  When we are not crossing water we will be hiking some very rocky and dry sections, so bring plenty of water or a water filter.  Meet at 9 am at King's Popcorn Stand, Rockfish Gap.  Any hikers wishing to leave from other locations contact me and I will connect you with each other to arrange ride shares.  Please let me know if you wish to meet at the trail head: barbara@barbaramartinmusic.com.  A description of the hike is at  www.hikingupward.com/SNP/BrownMountain/

September 9, Browns Hollow/Emerald Pond/Bird Knob Loop, Massanutten, Hike Leader Mike 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 Swift Run Gap (on the side of Rt. 33 outside the Park) at 9:30 or the Massanutten Visitor center on 211 at 10:15.  Contact Michael: Seth sethmj@jmu.edu, 540-746-0605.

September 29 to October 2, 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.