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
Seth, Michael - sethmj@jmu.edu, (540) 438-1301
Shannon, John - johnsha@cstone.net, (434) 293-2953
                  ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK     
April 20, Petites Gap to James River on the AT, 9.3 miles, 1300 feet elevation, Hike Leader Barbara Martin. This will be a shuttle hike through the beautiful James River Face Wilderness on the Appalachian Trail starting from Petites Gap and traveling North to the James River and the famous James River Foot Bridge. The hike starts with a climb to Highcock Knob and then is a gentle downhill for most of the rest of the hike. This is an area where wildflowers are plentiful and we will hope to see some! Meet at 9 am at Rockfish Gap, King's Popcorn Stand. This hike is limited to 10 people because it is in a Wilderness Area.
April 27, Wintergreen Trails - Lower Shamokin Falls to Upper Shamokin Falls, 6 to 7 miles, strenuous. Hiker Leader Marit Anderson.  We will hike Wintergreen Trails connecting the Lower Shamokin Falls to Upper Shamokin Falls along fire roads and trails with a steep 1000 ft ascent after we reach the lower falls. Enjoy two waterfalls and some views of Nelson County. Meet at trailhead at 9:30 am at end of Old Stoney Creek Rd off of Rt. 151 or meet at 8:45 am at Brownsville Elementary on Rt. 250 west to carpool from Albemarle County. Those wanting to carpool from Charlottesville contact hike leader to help arrange. Bring water, lunch, and trekking poles advised - some water crossings and wet areas. Option to stop at Bold Rock Cidery or Blue Mt. Brewery after hike.

April 28, Sunday, Jump Rock/Goshen Pass, 9 mile loop, very strenuous. Hike Leader Jeff Monroe. Joint hike with Lynchburg’s Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club. Tough climb to spectacular views of the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley following loop description the hike leader recently wrote up for Hiking Upward website: https://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/GoshenPassJumpRock/ Return via Viewing Rock, overlooking Lake Merriweather and Goshen Scout Camp. Starts and ends with Maury River crossing on a (somewhat scary) swinging bridge. Because this is a strenuous hike, participants must have hiked with us before and everyone will start out on the waitlist. Priority to PATC members. $2 per hiker will be collected to cover cost of DGIF hiking permit. https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/access-permit/ (No hunting on Sundays!). Meeting location to be emailed near hike date.