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 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
July 15, North River Gorge from North River Campground to Wild Oak Parking, Hike Leader Jim Fye,  5.5 miles, easy.  Several river crossings, so bring water shoes. Option to swim near the end of the hike. This is a great hike for families with children.  Those who want a longer hike may loop back to the starting point by taking Wild Oak Trail over Lookout Mountain (12.5 miles total).  Form carpools at AHS at 8 AM, Churchville TasteeFreez plaza behind the bank at 9 AM, or meet at Wild Oak Parking at 9:30.  Hike Leader contact: Jim Fye, jfye40@icloud.com,  (540) 830-2023.

July 28, Kaylor Knob - Massanutten,  Hike Leader Michael Seth, 6 miles, 1200' elevation gain.  We will hike along the cool Boone's Run then up Second Mountain to Kaylor Knob.  Bring along some clippers and we will cut a few blueberries on the way up.  There is a swimming hole at the end so bring swim wear. Meet at Elkton Food Lion at 9:00.  Contact hike leader Michael Seth 540 742 1252, sethmj@jmu.edu.

August 11-12, Dunlodge Cabin cleanup, Charlottesville. Come help maintain a cabin! Perfect for those who want to help the PATC and have trouble with trail work.  Weeding, cleaning off the terraced patio (aka Beer Garden), stain the picnic table, spray paint the black iron chairs, cleaning of the house, wash the floors, Tung oil the floor, paint the porch... you get the picture.  No real “building”, just upkeep, maintenance and cleaning.

September 22, Highland Rustic Trails, Hike Leader Marit Anderson, 5 miles, moderate. We will hike the newly opened Highland Rustic Trails that wind through the pasture and wooded hillside of the home of the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe.  Highlands is part of William and Mary College, Monroe's Alma Mater. The hike is moderate level exploring the Woodland Trail, Mountain Trail, and North Pasture Trail. We will have lunch afterwards and peruse the museum shop.  The hike will be free, but if you want to explore the historic core of Highlands a ticket must be purchased.  Albemarle County, Charlottesville residents and UVA faculty/students - $8.00. Bring a lunch, water, long pants because of lots of poison ivy. No dogs permitted. Meet at AHS at 9 am or 9:30 am at Highlands parking lot near hiking kiosk. Directions: From Charlottesville take 20 South, at second traffic light, turn left of Route 53. Continue on Rt. 53 past Michie Tavern, Monticello, and sharp bend to the right.  After Jefferson Vineyards, turn right onto State Route 795, James Monroe Parkway.  Continue 1/2 mile.  James Monroe's Highland is on the right.