Hike: Leading Ridge/ Little Stony Man / Stony Man, Shenandoah National Park, VA

  • March 8, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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PATC Map 10 / VA Bus

$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass.  Long hike: 8 mi., 3400 ft. ascent, 1500 ft. descent. Medium hike: 5½ mi., 2500 ft. ascent, 600 ft. descent. Short hike: 3 mi., 2200 ft. ascent, 200 ft. descent.

More March hiking madness today – an outing that features one of Shenandoah’s steepest trails and one of its finest overlooks.  The fun starts on Rt. 211 with a walk up Jewel Hollow Rd. to the Leading Ridge Trail and its notorious steep climb. (Fortunately, it’s short, and we’ll stop often. Still, the climb makes this one of the Club’s most difficult hikes.) At the crest we’ll turn south on the Appalachian Trail, with short hikers stopping at Pinnacles Picnic Area and medium hikers at Little Stony Man Parking Area. Long hikers add a round trip to Stony Man Mtn. and its unrivaled summit view.

Leaders:  Michael Martin 571/225--6763 and Les Bissell (les.bissell<@>gmail.com) 571/271--2599


Please RSVP and pay for this hike on Meetup.  You only need to 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 p.m., 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 MetroNORTH 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.

If contacting hike leaders during the week of the hike, please 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 Dues $10.00 per year. Click the "Member dues" link (on the left side of this page) to pay the $10 member dues to support the Capital Hiking Club.  Dues help pay for the administrative and web costs of running the club, and you will also benefit from a reduced rate for club hikes.  More information at: http://www.capitalhikingclub.org/

For more information, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at www.capitalhikingclub.org

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  • Michael M.

    Thanks everyone for trooping through the slush and bagging the bragging rights to Leading Ridge! All in all, a great day with a great group!

    2 · March 10, 2014

  • Mark M.

    Awesome time. My thanks to all.

    March 10, 2014

  • Les B.

    Hello Hikers! As Michael said, I'll meet the bus in DC. my number is[masked] 2599. We plan to leave the curb at 8:05 am so please be on time. Also, I heard METRO CENTER IS CLOSED THIS WEEKEND. So you can NOT transfer there to the Blue/Orange (or any) line to get to McPherson Square (nearest the bus). Give yourself time to deal if traveling by metro subway. Looking forward to this strenuous hike where we all, even the short hikers, are going up one of the steepest trails in the Park! whooopie! I have not scouted this hike. See you tomorrow!

    March 7, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Everyone! We are good to go for tomorrow. Les will meet the bus at 16th and I (8am), and I'll be on at Vienna (8:30am)!

    March 7, 2014

  • Michael M.

    If anyone has any questions, just call me at[masked]

    March 7, 2014

  • Michael M.

    To my great surprise, Skyline Drive is open in the central section, so we can do the hike as planned!

    March 6, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Just an update! Yes, Skyline Drive is likely to be closed this Saturday. I'm working on an option where we can still do Leading Ridge, as I know it's on many people's lists.

    It may, however, be icy. Definitely do bring your spikes!

    March 4, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Hey, everybody! I am very excited to be leading this hike! Few people get to do Leading Ridge!

    March 3, 2014

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  • Les B.
    Hike Leader Paid Member Thru 1-2016
    Event Host
  • Michael M.
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 3-2016, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Caitlin M.
    Paid Member Thru 12-2014
  • BryanB
    Paid Member Thru 3-2016
  • Susan L.
    Paid Member Thru 4-2016
  • John
    Paid Member Thru 1-2016
  • Marika
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 2-2016
  • Jose M.
    Hike Leader, Paid Member thru 3-2016
  • Brian
    Trails Director, Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 12-2015, Assistant Organizer
  • Anitha
    Paid Member Thru 3-2016
  • Doug R.
    Paid Member thru 3-2016
  • andrew
    Hike Leader Paid Member Thru 2-2016
  • Paul B. +1
    Paid Member Thru 9-2013
  • Liz
    Paid Member Thru 3-2016
  • David K.
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 6-2016
  • Nick
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 3-2016
  • Todd
    Paid Member Thru 10-2016
  • Mark M.
    Paid Member Thru 3-2016
  • chris
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 9-2013
  • robert
    Paid Member Thru 3-2016
  • Svetlana +1
    Paid Member Thru 10-2015
  • A former member

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