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].