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Hike: AT: Elkwallow to Meadow Spring, Shenandoah Nat’l Park VA PATC Maps 9 & 10

  • Jun 29, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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VA Bus / $25 (nonmembers $28).

Long hike: 11.7 mi., 3400 ft. ascent, 2950 ft. descent. Medium hike: 8.6 mi., 2050 ft. ascent, 2250 ft. descent. Short hike: 5.4 mi., 1450 ft. ascent, 1400 ft. descent.


No matter which distance option you choose on this Appalachian Trail jaunt, you’re bound to get superb views. Rescheduled from March, our hike begins at Elkwallow Wayside along the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah’s North District and follows the AT southbound. Short hikers go as far as Beahms Gap Overlook and medium hikers to Panorama/Thornton Gap. Long hikers continue with a climb to Marys Rock – the best viewpoint of all – before descending back on the Meadow Spring Trail.


Leaders:  Richard Meinhold and Ingrid(chc.ingrid at cox dot net) or 703 796--1709

In addition to RSVP'ing here, contact hike leaders directly to reserve a spot on the bus for this hike.


Please do not send text messages, as this may delay confirming your seat on the bus. And remember, if you are confirmed for a seat on the bus, please cancel your reservation with the hike leader if your plans change or you are unable to attend so that someone else can make a reservation in your place.

For additional details, see

Virginia Bus: Bus leaves from 16th and I Streets, NW, at 8:00 a.m. SHARP (VERY limited parking). Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before departure time.


Additional pick-up points are as follows: Rosslyn – Key Bridge Marriott Hotel Bus Stop Vienna Metro – North Lot, Fair Lakes Bus Shelter (Nutley St. Exit off Interstate 66) Centreville Commuter Lot (by reservation only)


Reservations: The Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Early reservations are appreciated! While reservations are accepted Friday, making your reservation prior to Thursday evening helps to ensure your seat on the bus, and prevents the cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups.


Please contact hike leaders during the week of the hike, and place calls prior to 9:30 p.m. As a courtesy to other hikers and to the hike leaders, please let the leaders know if you must cancel, as early as possible, so that your reserved spot may be given to someone else.


Cost, what to wear, what to bring: Transportation costs are listed for each hike. Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a day pack or fanny pack with individual First Aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It is recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drinks are also recommended.


For more information, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at


Liability Hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or Club activities. Hikers must be able to keep a 2 mph pace.


(Optional) Membership $12.00 per year. Mail a check to our Membership Director to receive a quarterly hike schedule and reduced rates.

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  • Federica

    Thanks all, great hike! Glad to have met you :)

    July 1, 2013

  • Marion

    Great hike. Definitely a good cardio-vascular workout on that initial elevation. Was glad that the path flattened out a bit later. :-)

    June 30, 2013

  • Christine P.

    This was a beautiful hike. Thanks Richard and Ingrid.

    June 30, 2013

  • Andy B

    Thanks Ingrid and Richard for a great job of leading the hike! It was a fun day.

    2 · June 29, 2013

    • Ingrid

      Thanks Andy. Great weather, beautiful trail, and a bus full of nice people. What a great way to spend a Saturday.

      June 29, 2013

    • Chris E.

      Yes, thank you to both!

      June 29, 2013

  • Vivien

    Hi Ingrid, I'm so sorry I didn't catch the bus this morning, my friend and I saw the bus departing a block away and waving to the bus, but I know the bus can't stop.... So sorry we didn't make it. Hope everybody have fun today :)

    June 29, 2013

    • Ingrid

      Sorry we missed you too. The bus was 10 minutes late this morning. Please note for the future that it normally leaves promptly at 8am.

      June 29, 2013

  • Christine W.

    Hi Ingrid, unfortunately i will not be able to make it to the hike tomorrow as I pulled my calf muscle this evening. I hope this is not too late and that someone can take my place. Have fun you guys!

    June 29, 2013

    • Ingrid

      Thanks for letting me know. Hope you have a quick recovery.

      June 29, 2013

  • Ingrid

    If you need to reach me this morning, my cell is[masked] (the number posted is my home phone - NO texts to that number)

    June 29, 2013

  • anna k.

    I hope there is still room.

    June 28, 2013

    • Ingrid

      Sorry Anna - I just emailed you. The bus is full.

      June 28, 2013

  • Ingrid

    The bus IS FULL. No more reservations are being taken. However if you would like to still sign up, please email me your name, phone # and where you would get on the bus, and I will keep a short waiting list and let individuals know if any cancellations come in and another spot opens up - [masked]

    June 27, 2013

  • Archana

    Hi Ingrid - I emailed you on June 16th and just resent with the requested info. Please confirm if you do or do not receive the email.

    June 26, 2013

  • Ingrid

    Hi All - the bus is filling up, and there are a few people who have RSVP'd here that I have not yet heard from. If you have NOT received a confirmation from me, TO CONFIRM YOUR SEAT on the bus, please send me an email ([masked]) with your phone # and where you will be getting on the bus.

    June 26, 2013

  • Ashlee M.

    What time does the bus return?

    June 25, 2013

    • Andy B

      If all goes on schedule (which it usually does), the bus is back between 5:30 and 6pm. However, sometimes, there are delays to make it a little later.

      June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Probably doing short hike in case you need a sweep for that one.

    June 18, 2013

  • Ingrid

    Hi Everyone! If you send me an email or leave me a voicemail to reserve for the hike, please leave your name, where you're getting on the bus, a phone #, and let me know if it's your first time hiking with CHC. Look forward to seeing everyone on the 29th.

    June 16, 2013

  • Gary

    Long hike

    June 14, 2013

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