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Hike: Pass Mtn./Appalachian Trail to Elkwallow Gap, Shenandoah Nat’l Park, VA

  • Jun 21, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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PATC Map 9 / VA Bus

$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass.  Long hike: 11½ mi., 3000 ft. ascent, 1900 ft. descent. Short hike: 7 mi., 2100 ft. ascent, 1100 ft. descent.

Sweeping views from the crest of the Blue Ridge await us on this Summer Solstice Special. From Rt. 211 near the park entrance, we’ll ascend the Pass Mtn. Trail in Shenandoah’s North District. At the top of the ridge, after passing Pass Mtn. Hut, we’ll meet the Appalachian Trail and take it northbound over the summit of Pass Mtn. and through Beahms Gap. Short hikers stop at Jeremys Run Overlook on the Skyline Drive; long hikers continue to Elkwallow Gap.

Leaders:  David Kloeden (kloeden<at> or 703/589--5877 and Megan Mabee (meganmabee<at>


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 pm, the day before hike, BOTH: 1.) Change RSVP to "No" --AND-- 2.) Press "Request Refund" link, and include your FULL NAME, and DATE YOU PAID.

For additional details, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at

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.

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 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:

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

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  • Michele C.

    What a great hike, perfect hiking weather. Definitely will do this hike again, the long hike portion was great that it gave you some more time on the trail without a ridiculous amount of effort at the end.

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Sanjeev

    Great Hike, thank you Megan, and David

    June 21, 2014

  • Janet T.

    Good hike...!

    June 21, 2014

  • Chris E.

    Great hike. Thanks!

    June 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The bus just left 16th and I Streets.

    June 21, 2014

  • David K.

    Hi everyone: Looks like we should have slightly cooler weather for our hike tomorrow, but with a chance of some showers earlier on, so please come prepared to stay dry, and perhaps a change of clothing that can be left on the bus. We have a particularly nice hike, ascending the range on Pass Mountain Trail before joining the Appalachian Trail and heading north. The hike is not too onerous, but it is one-way, so there is no turning back, with the short hike just under 7 miles and the long around 11 miles. We will have refreshments at Elkwallow Picnic Area at the end of the hike where the bus will relocate after all the short hikers come in. There is a shop, bathrooms, and other facilities at Elkwallow.

    See you all tomorrow, David

    June 20, 2014

  • Ksenia S.

    If anyone decides not to go, please let me know, as I would really love to join this hike. Otherwise, have a wonderful hike, folks!

    June 16, 2014

    • David K.

      There will almost certainly be a few places that open before the hike. Whoever is on the wait list that RSVP's first after receiving a message about the opening will get the spot.

      1 · June 16, 2014

    • Ksenia S.

      I got on the wait list this morning, so, fingers crossed :)

      June 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    As there are ticks in this area of the park, we recommend wearing long pants (tucked into your socks) and using bug spray.

    June 14, 2014

43 went

  • David K. +2
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 6-2016,
    Event Host
  • Walter B.
    Paid Member Thru 3-2016
  • Vickie S.
    Hike Leader, Board Member, Paid Member Thru 10-2016
  • Brian
    Trails Director, Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 1-2017, Assistant Organizer
  • Ade S.
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 7-2016
  • Amy
    Paid Member Thru 8-2016
  • Lorraine
    Hike Leader, Hike Leader Coordinator, Paid Member Thru 3-2016, Co-Organizer
  • Alita +1
  • Lian +1
    Paid Member Thru 1-2016
  • Charles
    Paid Member Thru 6-2015
  • Chris +1
    Paid Member Thru 5-2016
  • Mary
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 3-2016
  • Todd
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 10-2016
  • Deborah P.
    Paid Member Thru 06-2016
  • Courtney
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 3-2016
  • Craig
    Paid Member Thru 4-2016
  • AA
    Paid member thru 1-2017
  • Marc
    Paid Member Thru 8-2016
  • Nick
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 3-2016
  • Justin
    Paid member thru 10-2016
  • Michele C.
    Paid Member Thru 7-2015
  • Chris E.
    Paid Member Thru 1-2016
  • Sanjeev
    Hike Leader, Paid Member Thru 10-2016
  • Janet T. +1
    Paid Member Thru 10-2016
  • bob
    Paid Member Thru 7-2016
  • Alla D
    Club Treasurer, Paid Member Thru 10-2016
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

Your organizer's refund policy for Hike: Pass Mtn./Appalachian Trail to Elkwallow Gap, Shenandoah Nat’l Park, VA

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 1 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: If after you make this reservation, you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2pm, the day before hike, BOTH: 1.) Change RSVP to "No" --AND-- 2.) Press "Request Refund" link, and include your FULL NAME, and DATE YOU PAID.

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