***Please note that this is an expanded and updated trip description with much more in the way of detail about what we're going to be doing. Please familiarize yourself with it. Print or acquire the maps so that you're fully prepared.***
Note that I'm pushing the start time back from 8am, Friday to noon, Friday. No need for us to get out there too early.
After we meet up at Vienna, noon, on Friday, 4/5, we'll drive out to the trailhead, following this route. We're walking a lollipop loop, so there's no need for a shuttle. We should be hiking by 3pm. At present, the weather seems good.
Friday afternoon, we'll climb the draft (about 6.5 miles) and camp at one of the beautiful spots at Hiner Springs. The climb up the draft should be beautiful and watery. Be prepared for many creek crossings, hostile vegetation, and insects.
Seriously, the creek crossings may be challenging. It's conceivable we may have to use a multi-person method. You will get wet. Bring a headnet. Be prepared for ticks and all that business as they should be hatching soon. Bring 3-4L of water capacity, as parts of the Wild Oak Trail are dry.
Saturday, we'll set out early and walk the great majority of the 26-mile Wild Oak Trail CCW. This could be quite a challenging day, but I'll keep the final mileage to just over 20 miles. Most likely, this will mean we'll be camping at Camp Todd, a broad spot with plenty of water, but some of the disadvantages of being near a road.
Sunday, we'll return to the cars by one of the ridge routes that surrounding Ramsays Draft (almost certainly the northern one, as I haven't walked it before). We may try to fit in Jeremys Run, as I hear it's pretty cool.
I'll try to get precise splits, but you should be prepared for some walking, perhaps 6.5-21-14, for a total weekend in the low 40s. And I'm guessing. And you know what my margin of error is. ;)
For maps, familiarize yourself with the Ramsays Draft East and West loops at Mid-Atlantic. The best map I have for Wild Oak is this Nat Geo one. I'll get a scan in of that as I look for a better one.
This trip is open only to those who have member status or above with us--it'll be tough, but rewarding. Trip size is limited to 10.
Please keep me updated on your status.