Hike Schedule Fall 2019

September 8 — Skyland Hike (Lunch Hike), SNP, VA

Long hikers will ascend the Meadow Springs Trail to the Appalachian Trail. Moderate hikers will start on the Appalachian Trail at Pinnacles Picnic Area. Both hikes will pass over the cliffs at Stony Man before ending at Skyland. Hikers will enjoy lunch at Skyland. Lunch details (how to sign-up, lunch options, and cost) will be provided separately.

Est.: 8 miles, 2350’ elevation; 5 miles, 1500’ elevation. PATC Map 10. Fare: $20/$25 plus park fee or pass. L

Leaders: Ned Ashford, Nedinrus@yahoo.com, 703-609-2744 and Michael Roehm, miroehm@gmail.com, 301-223-7385. (VA)

September 15 — AT, Gravel Springs to Beahms Gap, SNP, VA

Hikes will cover a section of the AT in the northern section of SNP. Hikers will travel south on the AT, ending at Beahms Gap. Long hikers will start at Gravel Springs and travel past Hogback overlook, where they will join the moderate hikers. Moderate hikers will start near the Hogback overlook and hike south on the AT, passing Elkwallow and continuing to Beahms Gap. There is an option for an out-and-back to the Byrds Nest 4 Shelter. Also, an easy option is available starting at Elkwallow

Est.: 12-13 miles, 2200-2300’ elevation; 9 miles, 1300-1400’ elevation. PATC Map 9. Fare: $20/$25 plus park fee or pass.

Leaders: Annetta Depompa, hikerfool@yahoo.com, 410-535-5171 and Roslyn Rubin, roslynva@gmail.com, 703-298-7780 (VA)

September 22—Veach Gap to Elizabeth Furnace, VA

Hikes will be in the Massanuttens, starting at Veach Gap, taking the Veach Gap Trail to the Tuscarora and Massanutten Trails. Hikes will split with the moderates hiking up the ridge on the Massanutten/Tuscarora Trail toward Sherman Gap. The long hikers will ascend the ridge on the Massanutten/Tuscarora Trail passing the Little Crease Shelter, then descend to the road on the Tuscarora. After walking on the road, long hikers will ascend to the ridge on the Sherman Gap Trail to join the moderate hikers. Both hikes will meet at the ridge and descend the Sherman Gap Trail and Botts Trail to the Elizabeth Furnace Parking Area.

Est.: 12-13 miles, 2500’ elevation; 8.5-9 miles, 1500 -1800’ elevation. PATC Map G. Fare: $20/$25.

Leaders: Josh Silverman, betula54@msn.com, 703-582-3456 and Vicky Hsu, hhueichi@gmail.com, 240-370-7011. (VA)

September 29 — Harpers Ferry Hike\Winery Visit

Both hikes will start and end at the Harpers Ferry Visitor Center parking. Moderate and long hikers will use the trail from the visitor’s center to hike 1.5 miles into town. Both hikes will continue across the pedestrian bridge over the Potomac River and turn left and walk for .3 miles along the towpath. Then both hikes will take the pedestrian bridge over the canal and carefully cross Harpers Ferry Road. Moderate hikers will proceed directly to the Maryland Heights Overlook. Long hikers will ascend steeply to the Stone Fort before hiking down to the Overlook. Moderate hikers will retrace their steps to town and long hikers will follow the route of the moderates. From town, all hikers will take the shuttle bus to return to visitor’s parking.

Following the hike, we will stop at the Two Twisted Posts Winery (http://www.twotwistedposts.com/). The winery visit will be leisurely - 2 hours, or slightly more. Tastings will be $15. Please let the leaders know when signing-up if you will be doing the tasting. The hike leaders will be taking the tasting money along with the usual hike fare on the bus. Any additional details for the winery will be provided closer to the hike.

Est 8.3 mi / 1500 elevation gain, 6.8 mi / 900 elevation gain. PATC Map 7 Fare: $20/$25 plus park fee or multi-agency park pass, and tasting fee (if applicable).

Leaders: Larry Miller, prpltoupee@sprintmail.com, 240-353-3143 and Laura Heaton, lauraheaton41@gmail.com, 571-212-2592. (MD)

October 6 — Dead Woman Hollow – Pine Grove Furnace, Adams County, PA.

This hike along the Appalachian Trail traverses a beautiful wooded area with a s-p-o-o-k-y name. All hikers start at the AT junction with Shippensburg Road. A self guided hike can be taken north on the AT to Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Long and Moderate hikers walk north and turn right onto Dead Woman Hollow Road. Moderate hikers will turn left onto Dead Woman Hollow Trail. Long hikers will continue along Dead Woman Hollow Road and left onto the Blueberry Trail. Long and Moderate hikers will connect at Dead Woman Hollow TRail and Blueberry Trail at Michner Cabin. Follow access road and turn right onto the AT. Proceed north to Pine Grove Furnace. Hike end will be at Pine Grove Furnace Park

Est.: 11 miles, 1300’ elevation; 9.5 miles, 700’ elevation. PATC Map 2-3. Fare: $20/$25.

Leaders: Josh Silverman, betula54@msn.com, 703-582-3456 and Michael Roehm, miroehm@gmail.com, 301-223-7385. (MD)

October 13 - Appalachian Trail Hightop to Ivy Creek, SNP, VA.

njoy the 3 day weekend by exploring the Southern Shenandoah National Park with this hike. Long hikers begin at the parking lot for the Hightop Mountain picnic area and ascend Hightop Mountain, taking a brief spur trail for a view at the summit. They descend to the Smith Roach Gap, where they will be joined by the moderate hikers. All hikers then continue south along the AT enjoying the Trail and ascending to Ivy Creek Overlook.

Est.: 12 miles, 2920’ elevation; 8.6 miles, 2000’ elevation. PATC Map 11. Fare: $20/$25 plus park fee or pass. L

Leaders: Robert Holley, reilex@yahoo.com, 703-239-0131 and Chris Bublitz, cbublitz4@comcast.net, 240-687-3390. (VA)

October 20 - Massanutten East and Strickler Knob, GWNF, VA.

Enjoy panoramic views of the southern Massanutten, South Fork Shenandoah River, Page Valley, and the Blue Ridge. All hikers start at Scothorn Gap. The long hikers go north toward Gap Creek before heading toward the Massanutten East Trail and then south to the Middle Mountain area. Then they take the out-and-back trail to Strickler Knob, before continuing south on the Massanutten to the end at Route 211. Moderate hikers head directly to the Massanutten East Trail and take the out-and-back trail to Strickler Knob. They then double back on the Massanutten East Trail and follow the long hikers’ route to the bus at Route 211. An easier option is to follow the path of the moderate hikers but skip Strickler Knob (about 5.5 miles).

Est.: 12 miles, 2200’ elevation; 8 miles, 1600’ elevation. PATC Map G. Fare: $20/$25

Leaders: Bob Malkowski, bmalkowski@cox.net, 703-731-9983 and Jeannie Fauntleroy, jeannie.fauntleroy@outlook.com, 703-851-6592. (VA)

October 27 - Tuscarora Trail, Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, WV.

Sleepy Creek is a remote West Virginia wildlife management area teeming with small game, pheasant, grouse and turkey. Moderate hikers start at the Pack Horse Trail Parking area and take the Pack Horse Trail north to the High Rock Trail to the Tuscarora Trail, then hike southward and descend by the Millrace Trail back to the bus. Long hikers follow the same path for the first few miles, but halfway up High Rock Trail take an Equestrian Trail north to the Tuscarora Trail. They then hike south on the Tuscarora Trail and after two miles rejoin the moderate route.

Est.: 11.5 miles, 1500’ elevation; 8 miles, 1300’ elevation. PATC Map L. Fare: $20/$25

Leaders: Jeff Thompson, jefferyathompson@comcast.net, 703-859-0157 and Roslyn Rubin, roslynva@gmail.com, 703-298-7780. (VA)

The rest of the Fall hikes will be added by the end of September