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 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 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
   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   
   Willgruber, Andy - apwillgruber@gmail.com, (434) 589-6391

                                             ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK

                                         *** CANCELED DO TO WEATHER ***
March 24, Neighbor Mountain - Jeremys Run shuttle, Hike Leader Gabriel Garretson, strenuous 12 mile hike with 2000 feet ascent. Join the Charlottesville PATC group for an adventure trek in Northern Section of Shenandoah National Park to enjoy this exceptional hike in early spring with current lower water levels for stream crossings. First we will setup shuttle for return from Elkwallow picnic area. Then we will begin hike at milepost 28.5 Beahms Gap parking lot, and connect with spur trail to the AT north to the Neighbor Mtn trail. We will hike along the Neighbor Mtn Ridge for several miles to the summit followed by moderate descent to Jeremys Run. The 5 mile climb up Jeremys Run Trail is gentle but includes 17 stream crossings ending with a steeper 1 mile climb to Elkwallow picnic area parking lot. We don’t plan to stop and change boots to sandals and back again 17 times so wear appropriate footwear for hiking and stream crossings. Trekking poles are also recommended. Please form carpools at Albemarle Square High School at 9:00 am. I will meet others driving directly at Beahms Gap parking area about 10:00 to setup shuttle for return from Elkwallow picnic area before carpool drivers from Charlottesville arrive. We plant to start hike about 10:20am.  Please send email to ghb2011@hughes.net or RSVP on the PATC Meetup site if you plan to attend, so we can setup shuttle in advance: https://www.meetup.com/PATCEvents/events/248513054/. Carpool Directions:. 29N, thru Madison via Rt231, thru Sperryville via Rt211, to the Thornton Gap entrance to ~Beahms Gap Parking MP 28.5.

April 4, Wednesday, AT from Skyland to Big Meadows, Hike Leader Howard Davis, 11 miles.  Hike in Shenandoah National Park using the AT with side hike up Hawksbill Mountain.  Not an introductory hike with lots of elevation change. Hike limited to 8. For details contact Howard Davis at hsdhiker@gmail.com or 434-964-1242.

April 7, Corbin Mountain Hike, Hike Leader Marit Anderson, 11 miles, elev. gain 2,370, strenuous. This is the longer version of the Nicholson Hollow out/back hike that passes Corbin Cabin and climbs over Corbin Mountain.  Four stream crossings over the Hughes River and Brokenback Run.  Lots of beautiful water, some views, and variety of hiking.  Meet at AHS at 9 am or at the Old Rag main parking lot at 10 am.  Call Marit Anderson to confirm - 434-987-0266.  If time permits and folks are interested a stop at Sharp Rock Winery after the hike.  Bring lunch, hiking poles for stream crossing, and water.  Probably take 6+ hours.

April 14, Shenandoah Mountain Trail to Freezeland Flat, Hike Leader Jim Fye, 11 miles with some bushwacking, moderate, but long.  Freezeland Flat is a 4049’ mountaintop clearing in the heart of Ramseys Draft Wilderness.  We will start and end at Confederate Breastworks.  Meet at Churchville TasteeFreez at 8:30.  Jim Fye contacts: jfye40@icloud.com, (540) 830-2023.

April 21, Mutton Hollow trails maintenance, Hike Leaders Marit Anderson, Iva Gillet and Bill Holman, 5 to 6 miles, moderate.  Come join us for our annual spring cleaning of the trails in Mutton Hollow.  Two groups lead by Marit and Iva will hike all the trails with some trail clearing and identifying areas that will need more work such as big blow downs.  After the hikes there will be a potluck at the Conley Cabin and spending the night at Conley or Butternut cabins.  Please let Iva know if you wish to stay for the night so we can get a headcount.  Meet at AHS at 9am or Blue Ridge Pottery west of Lydia just off Route 33 at 9:30.

May 5, Mau-Har Trail to Campbell Creek, Hike Leader Marit Anderson, 7 miles. Waterfalls, wildflowers, rhodies, and rock hopping. We will hike the fire road to Maupin Field Shelter where we will pick up the Mau-Har Trail and head steeply downhill following Campbell Creek to lunch with an optional side trip to the falls before heading back to starting point. Meet at Love Gap on Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 15.5) at 10 am. Call hike leader Marit Anderson if you want to set up a car pool from AHS at 9 am, 434-987-0266. Optional stop at Devils Backbone Brewery after hike.

May 20-21, 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 May 20 and 21 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 December, 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 AHS at 9am.