Bear Church Rock Hike

Last September's Adventuring trip to picturesque Bear Church Rock in the heart of Shenandoah National Park took the 'easy' way, starting from Skyline Drive.  This time, we'll start from the base of the Blue Ridge and climb a mountain to reach our destination.  Our strenuous 9-mile round-trip hike starts in the bucolic Rapidan River valley and ascends 2200 feet up Jones Mountain for a stunning view of nearby valleys and mountains, including Old Rag.   Though the view alone is worth the climb, it won't be easy going, making this a perfect challenge for the not-so-humid winter months.  Many hikers call Bear Church Rock, which features a natural granite viewing platform miles from any sign of civilization, one of Shenandoah's hidden gems.   Bring weather-appropriate clothing (layers), water, sturdy boots, lunch and about $16 for transportation and trip fees.   Meet at 8:30 a.m. (please note the early time) in the East Falls Church Metro Kiss & Ride lot. Contact David if you have any questions: [masked], or: [masked].

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  • David Marshall J.

    Thanks everyone--I had a great time, I'm glad everyone enjoyed the challenge and the views. It was a challenge as promised. We made it! I hope everyone has recovered. Awesome pictures. The snow just made it even more awesome.

    1 · February 19, 2013

  • Dan

    Just a great day! Thanks David

    February 17, 2013

  • Debora

    That was a great hike. Thanks, David. Definitely challenging, but worth it. The views along the way and at the top were beautiful. A great group of people.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an extremely beautiful hike! The views are beath taking. The hikes' challenge was just right for me! Everyone one so pleasant and very nice nice to talk and hike with. I can not wait to do this hike again!

    February 16, 2013

  • Priyanga

    What a nice day for a hike. The climb up to Bear Church Rock was beautifully steep, and the view was definitely worth it! What a great group of folks to spend the day with, and big thanks to David for leading! Look forward to more strenuous hikes like this one from Adventuring =]

    February 16, 2013

  • Devon Alexander S.

    Sorry cant make it guys.

    February 16, 2013

  • Dan

    weather looking good, in my opinion. slight chance of snow...I say lets go for it

    February 15, 2013

    • David Marshall J.

      Looks like good weather, but no shortage of cold. It might make 30 degrees. I'll send out more details later today to touch base with everyone.

      1 · February 15, 2013

    • Devon Alexander S.

      do you have a map for this trail or is it in the PATC book if so please provide to me via email etc. Thanks

      February 15, 2013

  • David Marshall J.

    Uh-oh, looks like another "winter weather event" is scheduled for this weekend. Keep an eye on this space for more information as the weekend draws slowly closer!

    February 11, 2013

  • Debora

    I'd like to meet you at the Park. Any particular location?

    February 13, 2013

    • David Marshall J.

      Debora, we aren't meeting inside the park. The park entrances aren't nearby to our hike. I can still send you directions if you want to meet us at the trailhead. Shoot me an email, [masked] and I can respond and attach the directions.

      February 13, 2013

  • Cynthia

    I will let be out of town.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi looks like too much for someome who is just starting out. Hope you have fun and good weather.

    February 9, 2013

    • David Marshall J.

      Thanks, Kathie! Do keep checking the Adventuring schedule. We have some upcoming beginner-type hikes that might be more of an interest to you.

      February 10, 2013

  • Tran

    Hi David,

    I haven't done much hiking so I do have some concerns. I did the Little Devil's Stairs last Sat and found the first 2 miles of steep climb really stressed out my lungs. I see that Bear Church is rated more difficult with a higher elevation gain. Is it a sharp gain or a gradual gain?
    I will be doing Old Rag next week and I'm optimistic that it will get me even in better shape to take on Bear Church. Thanks!

    February 4, 2013

    • Tran

      Thanks, David. I will know more after my hike this Sunday. Just for comparison, there's the fast and furious climb on LDS. If asked, I would not hike LDS anytime soon.

      February 6, 2013

    • Tran

      February 6, 2013

  • Tran

    Hello everyone, all input and feedback are welcome and appreciated! :)

    Cheers!

    -Tran

    February 4, 2013

  • David Marshall J.

    Hello everyone! Our BCR hike is a few weeks away. I noticed we have a few newer members with whom I have not hiked. Firstly, welcome to Adventuring! Secondly, I wanted to give everyone fair warning that this isn't an easy hike. My intention is not to scare you off, since I believe anything is possible, but depending on how much hiking you have done recently, it may be challenging due to the climb up out of the river valley. Some of the steepest climbs in Shenandoah are from the bottom of the park going upwards. Check it out: www.hikingupward.com/SNP/BearChurc­hRock/images/bcr_3d.jpg
    That being said, don't worry, we'll take a breaks, we don't have to finish the hike in an hour. :o) I love mountain vistas, and this hike is definitely worth the challenge. More to come later. Have a great day!

    1 · January 28, 2013

  • Jeffrey F.

    Would love to be a part of the hike, but I will be in St. Louis for a conference.

    January 17, 2013

  • Patrick C.

    Sorry have to be out of town that day. Looks like a great hike!

    January 14, 2013

  • Devon Alexander S.

    David I am in for an easy hike now that I have my hiking legs this wont be too bad! Looking forward to doing this section since I have not done it.

    January 14, 2013

    • David Marshall J.

      I promise we won't be setting any land speed records, so I'm sure you can keep up, but you might want to wear something more sturdy for ankle support :)

      1 · January 14, 2013

    • Devon Alexander S.

      Yeah I guess you are right Prada does make a killer "hiking" boot lol

      January 14, 2013

  • Jeff H.

    Sorry, a family event came up for that day. Someday I'll finally get to hike Bear Church Rock.

    January 14, 2013

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