Holger and I are teaming up to do this trip on the last weekend in October. Hopefully, that will be a nice weekend for seeing some fall color.
On Friday, 10/26, we'll drive down from DC towards Roanoke--about a 4 and 1/2 hour drive. We'll park and walk the short bit into the nearby shelter (do bring a headlamp and be prepared to walk after sundown).
Saturday, we wake quite early, strike camp, and get to McAfee Knob by dawn for great pictures and a cup of coffee. Once we've gotten enough of the view, we'll start walking, passing Tinker Mountain and then walking south along the North Mountain Trail. That night, we'll pitch our shelters along the ridge. This will be a dry camp, so we'll need to carry plenty of water (about 3L).
Sunday, we'll rise early again, visit Dragon's Tooth. Then, it's back to the car, lunch, and the drive home. I'll firm up the splits as we get closer to the dates. Some of the details (such as carpooling) will be flexible based on who signs up.
It should be a challenging trip, but a rewarding one, too. Sign up now to reserve the spot. I'll confirm you, and then check in as the date approaches. The group size is limited to eight people!
Here, essentially, is how we plan to walk the trail: