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 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 - 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@cstone.net, (434) 293-2953
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               ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK

November 17-18, Volunteers to Clear Invasive Plants at the Vining Cabin in Mutton Hollow. We will host our second invasive-plant-killing work trip at the Vining Cabin in Mutton Hollow.  Our first trip was on August 25-26, and upwards of 25 high-energy volunteers finished off a lot of bad plants, primarily autumn olive, wineberry, multiflora rose and ailanthus.  The August work pushed into the woods surrounding a five-acre field that was opened last December and treated in the summer with help from a Blue Ridge PRISM EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) grant from USDA.  In November we'll go even further.  These volunteer work trips are supplementing the grant-funded restoration work by extending the invasive-free zone around the field so that we can establish a native plant meadow in the field and maintain it free of these invasive plants into the future.  Saturday evening there is a communal dinner, work Sunday until noon, communal Brunch.  Please get in touch with Thomas Jorgensen if you wish to stay overnight or have any of the communal meals, $8/meal, $15/weekend: email hairatheart@peoplepc.com, 540-249-7377 (home), 540-248-7009 (work), 434-962-4925 (Thomas cell). Come for a day, the weekend, a few hours.  Cocktail hour Saturday starts at 5:00 pm, BYO whatever you want. Join us! Meet at Albemarle High School at 9am.

November 18, Sunday, Rockfish Gap to the Paul Wolfe Shelter, Hike Leader Dan Ralston, 10 miles, 1,700’ elevation gain, strenuous. We will start our hike at Rockfish Gap, hiking South on the Appalachian Trail (AT) to Paul Wolfe Shelter. This is a beautiful stretch of trail and will take us to our lunch spot, Paul Wolfe Shelter. Then we will be retracing our steps north on the AT back to Rockfish Gap. If you have any questions please email me as I do not have cell service at home for calls or texts. We will all meet at Rockfish Gap at 9:30 am by the popcorn stand.
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November 24, Hawksbill Mountain Moonlight Hike, Leaders Iva Gillet and Bill Holman, 2 or 4 miles. This moonlight hike will let us use the fading daylight and rising moon to guide us to the highest point in the Shenandoah Park. Get away from city light pollution and come see the stars from 4000 feet! Bring your dinner or snack, water, headlamp and clothing appropriate for the weather.  There will be a 2 or 4 mile hike option.  For those wanting to make a weekend of fun, consider making reservations at Big Meadows at the Lodge, cabins or campsite or at Skyland.  Meet at Swift Run Gap at 3:30 or contact Iva Gillet if you would like to carpool.

December 8, Mutton Hollow New Trail Building the end?, Cadillac Crew.  The Cadillac Crew will finish working on a new trail in Mutton Hollow near the Vining Cabin and needs all hands on deck.  The work entails everything from removing the vegetation along the path to digging out rocks. Work on whatever part you would like and for as long as you want.  Please join them in this effort to add more trails to the Mutton Hollow area.  Bring work gloves, a small hand saw or loppers to use to clear the trail, also water and a lunch.  Email Bill Holman if you have any questions (email listed above). Meet at Albemarle High School at 9am.

December 9, Sunday, PATC Charlottesville Chapter Holiday Party, 5pm at Dunlodge Cabin.


Dunlodge - 390 Kearney Lane, Charlottesville
Please bring a dish/drinks to share (and BYOB)

If you want to play in  the White Elephant gift exchange, please bring a gift wrapped in a box no smaller than a shoebox.
The gift should not cost more than $15, but it need not be new (here's your chance to re-gift!).

All are welcome- bring family and friends

Come experience the Dunlodge Beer Garden!

 NO RSVP REQUIRED
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Limited parking at Dunlodge, parking at Zehmer Hall, Midmont Lane adjacent to the house.

Directions: From Ivy Road (Rt 250)  Turn onto ALDERMAN ROAD for 0.3 miles.  Turn right onto MIDMONT LANE before Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at sign for Zehmer Hall. Park at Zehmer Hall at the far end of the lot.  Walk onto gravel road. A wooden gate with PATC is on the LEFT just after the right turn. Welcome to Dunlodge!

December 15, Lewis Peak, Hike Leader Marit Anderson, 9-10 miles. This out-and-back hike is in the Southern District of SNP. It mainly follows ridges on Big Run Loop trail, then Rockytop Trail, then Lewis Peak Trail, so there will be minimal sustained climb. Lewis Peak is a majestic summit in Shenandoah's southern district.  It's not as well-known or traveled as other hikes in the park, but it has spectacular views. A fire in 2006 left the mountain top open with sweeping vistas in every direction. There are no lengthy descents or ascents. Meet at AHS at 8:30, Rockfish Gap at King’s Popcorn stand at 9 am or Browns Gap at 9:45 am. Directions: Take 64W to Rockfish Gap, go north 22 miles on Skyline Drive to Browns Gap at milepost 83.