VA PATC Map 10 / VA Bus
$25 (non-members $28) + park fee/pass.
Long hike: 10 mi., 2700 ft. ascent/descent. Medium hike: 7 mi., 1800 ft. ascent, 2100 ft. descent. Short hike: 5½ mi., 1100 ft. ascent, 1400 ft. descent.
The panoramic view from the rocky summit of Hawksbill Mtn., one of only four 360-degree vistas in Shenandoah National Park, is reason enough to join this wintertime classic. But there’s more: we’ll also visit one of the park’s highest waterfalls! First comes the waterfall, the uppermost in a string of cascades in White Oak Canyon, which we’ll reach via a horse trail from Stony Man Parking Area on the Skyline Drive. Lunch there, after which we’ll proceed on the White Oak Fire Rd. south to Hawksbill Gap, where the short hike ends. Medium and long hikers continue to the summit of Hawksbill --the park’s highest peak--then descend the Salamander Trail to the Appalachian Trail. Medium hikers finish at Hawksbill Gap while long hikers add a segment of the AT to end at Skyland Resort.
Leaders: Vera Gordon (vera_holovchenko<@>yahoo.com) 214/[masked] and Andy Bily 301/[masked]
Please RSVP and pay for this hike on Meetup. You need only call the hike leaders if you have questions regarding the hike.
However, if you are a first-time hiker with us, please let the hike leaders know so that they can ensure that you know where to meet the bus. If you've RSVP'd with us, we don't want to leave you behind.
If after you make this reservation, you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2:00 pm, the day before the hike, BOTH: 1.) Change RSVP to "No" --AND-- 2.) Press "Request Refund" link, and include your FULL NAME, and DATE YOU PAID.
note: there is a $5 per seat processing fee for cancelling a reservation.
For additional details, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at www.capitalhikingclub.org
Virginia Bus Routing: Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before departure times listed below. All departure points are Metro accessible; however, if you are driving, please use only the Vienna Metro departure point, as parking is extremely limited at other locations.
Departure points and times are as follows:
DC - 16th and I St., NW, at 8:00 a.m. SHARP
Rosslyn – Key Bridge Marriott Hotel Bus Stop at approximately 8:10 a.m. The stop is directly on Route 29 (Lee Highway) at the local metro bus stop, not directly in front of the hotel. The club's bus will very briefly stop in the road on Route 29 to pickup hikers.
Vienna Metro – NORTH parking lot, last bus shelter (Nutley St. Exit off Interstate 66 on North/Vienna side of I-66) at approximately 8:25 a.m. note: There is a "south" parking lot also where there are also bus shelters. If this is your first time meeting at Vienna, please come some minutes early to find the stop. If by 8:15, you are not with a large group of hikers who say they're Capital Hiking Club, you are most likely at the south bus stop. Without delay, cross into, through, and back out to the NORTH parking lot where you will see the CHC hikers.
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.
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 are expected to 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. More info at: http://www.capitalhikingclub.org/
For more information, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at www.capitalhikingclub.org