I know what you are thinking. Why not make this at least 20 miles. Well, if you get lost on this trail, a 20+ miler can be experienced but why? Huh!
Come out and start your week off with a challenging hike in the beautiful George Washington National Forest. This trail starts near Wardensville, WV and statistics/details can be found in the following link: Big Schloss, Wardensville, WV. The trail experience will bring you hikers through the GWNF and forest growth practically closing in on the trail. Snow on the ground will make the scenery that much better. The trail is marked but there will be intersections that hikers will need to be aware of in order to make the complete 19.5 mile loop - trail directions will be provided! Mid-way through the hike, you will be rewarded with 360 degree views of VA and WV and a small rock scramble at Big Schloss for you bouldering types. The trail can be described as strenuous due to it's length. Please consider your physical condition when doing this activity and remember to bring water and trail snacks for your consumption.
After completing the hike, for those interested, we will invade the Lost River Brewery, a local establishment, with no license to brew yet, in Wardensville, WV, for a post hike dinner (drafts). Due to the length of this trail (expected time of completion - 10 hours) and distance from DC, best not to make plans for Sunday evening except to recuperate.
MEETUP LOCATION: Apple Mountain Exxon - 4774 John Marshall Highway,
Linden,VA, 22642 (Park and Ride) - trailhead location is approximately one hour driving distance from here.
WHEN: 6:00am. Arrive early for coffee, break, etc. Will leave promptly at 6:00am.
COST:No cost for GWNF access. Budget about $5.00 for gas share if carpooling and the post hike lunch.
WEATHER: We are an adventure group. We can and will do this hike in the cold, snow, or sunshine. However, keep an eye on the weather and make sure to dress appropriately!
CARPOOL: Remember the metro does not run at[masked]am. Riders should leave from the DC area and expect to drive 1 1/2 hours to the meetup location. Don’t forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride – be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message!!
- Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.
- Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.