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Blackberry Ice Cream Hike Part I

This edition of Adventuring's now-famed Blackberry Ice Cream Hikes in Shenandoah National Park will be a bit more strenuous than the ones we sponsored last summer. We'll have to walk all the way from the crest of the Blue Ridge down to its base and then back up again, using an old, well-graded road now known as the Crusher Ridge Trail. At the foot of the mountain we'll wander over to see a couple of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Conference's rental cabins, one quite historic, the other almost brand new. After we return to our parking area along Skyline Drive at the Stony Man Overlook, we'll drive down a few miles to Skyland to indulge in blackberry ice cream or other treats. Total length of this strenuous round-trip hike will be 6.2 miles, with about 1800 feet of elevation gain. Bring plenty of beverages, lunch, bug spray, sturdy boots and about $20 for fees. We'll carpool at 9 a.m. from the East Falls Church Metro Kiss & Ride lot.

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  • Craig H.

    The Weather Gods interrupted their June Heat, Humidity & Storm Fest long enough to bestow a gorgeous day for hiking on 10 Adventurers in Shenandoah National Park. Most of our time was spent going down and then back up on the Crusher Ridge Trail, which was wide,well-shaded, usually not too steep, and unusually rock-free for a mountain. We lunched at the picnic pavilion for the Tulip Tree Cabin, a very new, large, and attractive lodging place at the base of the Blue Ridge just beyond the Park boundary. Then we gambled that we could find the Lambert Cabin nearby, which indeed was pretty much where we figured it would be. Here we met two friendly young men (at least one from DC, judging by his car's license plate) and their two very loud and nervous dogs, staying in this historic (pre-Civil War) but modernized cabin for the weekend. We ended our day with a fine meal and you-know-what at the Skyland Taproom, where our waiter was more than accommodating.

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Damon M.

    I would just come for the blackberry ice cream, but I don't think that's in keeping with the concept.

    June 28, 2013

  • Craig H.

    The most important considerations for Saturday are weather-related. In brief, what we're seeing now is probably what we'll get Saturday.

    First, it will still be plenty warm, especially at the base of the Blue Ridge near the two PATC cabins. Temperatures along Skyline Drive should be in the comfortable 70s as we begin but may rise well into the upper 80s by the time we get down below. I strongly urge everyone to bring at least 2, and preferably 3, liters of water. It'll be a long uphill coming back.

    Second, there will still be a good chance of showers (50-50?), so definitely be prepared with your raingear.

    We won't be rushing under these conditions, so I doubt we'll finish the hike before 4 or 4:30. Allowing at least 90 minutes for dinner and/or blackberry ice cream afterwards at Skyland Dining Room should let us leave Skyland by 6, putting us back into East Falls Church by 8:30.

    June 27, 2013

  • Oscar

    wanted to hike on the Appalachian for a long time. I guess this is a good start !!

    June 24, 2013

  • Dan

    Craig, sorry to cancel but I am having a contractor coming over Saturday.

    June 24, 2013

  • Craig H.

    Ian, dogs are indeed more than welcome on this hike. If you can join us, you might want to be a carpool driver, since I can't guarantee other drivers will want a dog in their cars. Be sure to RSVP.

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are dogs allowed on this hike?

    June 23, 2013

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