The easiest way to beat the heat in July is to get to the highest elevations around and just stay there, which we will do in spades today as we hike between the only two peaks above 4000 feet in Shenandoah National Park. Temperatures at such exalted heights should be 10-15 degrees cooler than down in the sweltering flatlands. Plus, we'll enjoy one spectacular overlook after another along the way. We'll begin by marching from Skyline Drive to Hawksbill (4050 feet), where we'll lunch with unobstructed views in almost every direction. Then we'll bump along the Appalachian Trail a few miles north to the lofty summit of Stony Man (4010 feet), with a breathtaking view across the Shenandoah Valley. Our day will end at Skyland Resort below Stony Man, featuring Shenandoah's notorious blackberry ice cream and other treats. Total length of this moderate-to-strenuous barbell-shaped hike (with loops at both ends) is 10.5 miles, with about 1700 feet of cumulative elevation gain. Bring plenty of beverages, lunch, bug spray, sunscreen, and about $20 for admission, transportation and trip fees. No pets allowed on the Stony Man Nature Trail. Veteran Adventurers may remember our abortive attempt of this same itinerary two summers ago. This time we hope for neither a tropical downpour nor any additional drama. Meet at 9 a.m. in the East Falls Church Metro Kiss & Ride lot.