Early Morning Long Hike! - 19.5 miles, Big Schloss, Wardensville, WV

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). laughing  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.

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  • Darwin

    @ All - INVITATION to do a couple long hikes, take a look:
    First two hikes are "training hikes" toward the big one Devil's Path in May 7.
    http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/events/16862545/
    http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/events/16868243/
    http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/events/16862267/

    You all are welcome to come.
    Darwin.

    March 14, 2011

  • Darwin

    @ Melissa - Lest talk about paddling, give me a call later today.

    March 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darwin...I would love to get into kayaking more, I got my kayak two years ago and have been out but only on the quieter parts of the Shenandoah...Would love to go with ya sometime on an easier trip...lemme know of any groups you are in or anytime you go!

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    @ Dave - I alway can work it out...unless is whitewater kayaking I will be there.

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Darwin ... I am sure I speak for all of us when I say I am sorry to hear that your schedule will not allow you to join us on May 7. If that should change, let us know. We would love to have you with us on the hike.

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    @ Melissa - Any time you like to go an practice endurance hikes give me a ring I will be there not matter where.

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    @ Melissa - I think you are right, thats is what my brother say to.

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, Darwin, attacking this twice in less than a month...you are a lunatic. In a good way :o)

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    I wish CJ can join me...that will be a great Sayonara my friend.

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    @ Dave - I'm doing it April 22 and them I will do it again whit you guy's just let me know when.

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    @ My child's take it ease....endurance is the magic word.
    Do you have what it takes to do it...???
    Didn't I tell you that the word "Devil" catch everybody's attention.

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    I sign in for this hike since the very first day that was posted Dec. [masked] and I have been waiting and waiting and waiting...and practicing...I AM READYYYYYY to die trying.

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is the scheduled Devil's Path meetup: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-210/events/16768710/. You will need to join the Fredericksburg group and then send me an email letting me know you want to be added to the meetup. I am not allowing RSVPs so that I can make sure interested folks first know what they are signing up for.

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It looks like the weekend of May 7 will allow the most to participate. I will post an event on the Fredericksburg Regional Hiking \Biking \Outdoors Group for the hike. I am also going to post discussions on the DC/VA/MD, Mid-Atlantic Hiking, Washington Backpackers, and DC Mountain Madness and groups announcing our intention to do the hike and invite them to join the Fredericksburg group if they want to do the hike. Hopefully May 7th will work for everyone that wants to participate.

    March 2, 2011

  • Gregg

    I'm registered for an ultra hike on the weekend of the 14th

    March 2, 2011

  • Leah

    Looks like I'm competing the weekend of 14 May and volunteering the weekend of 21 May. If you go with another weekend, I might be able to make it. .

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    So far, Darwin, Christian, Leah, Melissa, Tyson, Whitney and Gregg have indicated interest. I think it might be best to push it out a couple of weeks to early May. This will give folks more time to prepare and also more daylight hours for the hike itself.

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a look at this link for some good info on the hike: http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/8836

    March 2, 2011

  • Gregg

    Dave - I'd like to do the Devil's Path hike too....

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brad, you are definitely invited to join us ... the practice hikes I plan will get everyone ready. Send me an email and I will include you in all planning correspondence. Also, the hikes will have distance options available so that people can choose what they are comfortable with and at the end we can all get together for a meal afterwards.

    March 2, 2011

  • tyson

    Oh wow, such an ambitious group. I would be up for practice and maybe devils path

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wait, what? No, I had written practice...you said practical...I was just throwing them together to be funny...since I need some more practice hikes (that are a little more practical than Devils Path) before I would attempt such a feat. I would never shun anyone for not completing anything, I am sorry you misunderstood my comment.

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brad, how bout some more practical practice hikes?? And Dave, I will look out for the hikes on both pages...I would love to work myself up to joining you all on this adventure!

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay ... Leah and Christian emailed me ... how many other brave souls are out there? Richard ... Kolie ... Jennifer ... Whitney ... Cathy ... ??? And to Melissa and others that want/need to build up to this, I will set up some hikes that will satisfy the requirement. They will be scheduled either on the DC/MD/VA group calendar or if Kolie is unavailable, on the Fredericksburg group calendar (or maybe on both).

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I get in some more long hikes with more sig elevation gain I would consider...but as of right now I dont have the experience for this. Anyone up for practice hikes?? :o)

    March 2, 2011

  • Leah

    Oh cool, I thought the discussion was about doing it the 11-13th of March. I'll look at my calendar and e-mail some dates.

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ everyone ... If you are interested in the Devil's Path hike, email me. I will start the process of finding out everyone's availability so that it can be scheduled when most can participate. We can all stay/camp at my family's place located 30 miles from the trailhead. Once I get everyone's email, I will send out additional info including a gpx file and elevation profile of the route.

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Leah ... you aren't passing on this that easily ... Darwin is suggesting the latter part of April.

    March 2, 2011

  • Leah

    Man, Would love to join you all, but after last weekend's great hike and this coming busy weekend, I think I might take a weekend to rest for a change. Good luck to you all and take great pictures!

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    When I did the Devil's Path hike, we started in the dark somewhere between 5:30am and 6:00am if I remember correctly. The three who did the entire hike finished a little after midnight. They would have finished sooner but were held back due to the problems one was having with his knee/leg. This really slowed them down. I believe if we step off at 5:00am from the trailhead, we could finish by 9:00pm.

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Now that Darwin has everyone's attention, you can see photos from the hike I did with the DC Mountain Madness group of Devil's Path at this link: http://www.meetup.com/DC-Mountain-Madness/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1036295. If you can't get access to that photo album, you can friend me on Facebook (search for [masked]) and have a look at my "Devil's Path[masked]" photo album.

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    Ok. a little bid dramatic, sorry guy's I couldn't helped but is who I'm, description of the trail is copy & paste the rest just a lapsus brutus of my self.

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    How are whit gone to do it: We'll drive up Friday, camp some where, eat substantial food (NO ALCOHOL AT ALL) get up super early Saturday (around 3-5 AM) and bag our peaks, camp again Saturday night (the ones that didn't sold his/here soul to the devil in exchange of survival, don't worry you are not going to ask him for gold this time...just to let you go back home in 1 piece) and drive back Sunday. About a 7 hour drive.

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    The Devil's Path is 25.15 miles long, and elevation change is 17,855 feet and ascends seven peaks, six of them above 3,500 feet are just a few of his temptations.

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    Ah, but the Devil is a wise trail builder and knows that it's pleasure, not pain, that seduces the unsuspecting hiker. Spill-away views into four states, quiet woods, plenty of wildlife, and more miles spent above the magical 3,200-foot line (where the landscape instantly transforms from ho-hum mid-Atlantic to Far North) than any other Catskill trail, are just a few of his temptations. Resist, if you can.

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    @ All - Just to hear his name make the humble human wonder what is all about, that is the power of the devil...when we hear that word immediately catch our attention we try to see and taste...ummmm is forbidden then is gooddddd.

    March 2, 2011

  • Darwin

    @ Whitney - Are you for real girl...???

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    hmm...I'm curious :)

    March 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did about 3/5 of the Devils Path hike last year and then escorted a hiker having trouble back to the halfway point. I might be interested in doing it again. My family has a cottage that is 30 miles from the trailhead.

    March 1, 2011

  • Darwin

    @ All - Invitation - Is there any one craze enough to join me for the next long DAY HIKE - Devils Path, Platte Cove Mountain Road Greene County, NY in Friday, April 22, 2011
    **This hike is most definitely NOT for beginners. It covers 25-26 miles in one day with SIGNIFICANT elevation gain, with a decent portion of it being done in the dark. If you have not done multiple day hikes of at least 15-20 miles at elevation, this hike may not be for you**
    Who say me me me...???

    March 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I feel great!! Yesterday was a little sore but I was back on my bike today and even went to my hula hooping class tonight with no problem. I cant wait for the next long excursion....Dave and Darwin, see you in just over a week on the backpacking trip, I cant wait!

    March 1, 2011

  • Chris L

    @Darwin - household chores would have been a nice option! I made it all the way until Monday night before I popped an Ibuprofen. I'm getting better now. Bring on the next hike!

    March 1, 2011

  • Darwin

    @ Chris L - That is telling me that you stay home today doing house chores....I'm wrong?
    I'm so sorry but I couldn't avoid laugh...it hurts really bad?

    March 1, 2011

  • Chris L

    I proved the following to be untrue:

    “This meetup will make for a very productive workday on Monday.” -

    March 1, 2011

  • Darwin

    @ Dave - Austin-Furnace was my very first long hike whit CJ and it send me to bed for a full week and also my dog Tala was there and she quit on my in the last 3 mills so I did have to carrier her in my shoulders (90 pounds dog) just imagine how painful it was but i did love it and THAT was the hike that hook me up to go extreme.
    I will do it again...I'm game for anything whit a minimum of 15 mills.

    March 1, 2011

  • Chris L

    What a great hike Chris (CJ) put together before his overseas stint. Great route, fun people, nice weather and the list goes on. All of CJs hikes have been great and his choice of restaurants always adds to the fun. Chris, best of luck and start planning now for some good hikes after you return! Also, congrats to all you who toughed it out, overcoming blisters and the like and getting it done!

    March 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Darwin and Melissa ... I might try and join you both on the Mar 11-13 weekend trip.

    March 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Darwin ... I think 20 miles is a pretty good upper threshold for a day hike ... otherwise there isn't enough time to stop at an eatery and enjoy the camaraderie afterwards. I sent Kolie two more hike suggestions ... one that is 18.5 miles and another that is 19 miles. If you (or anyone else) is interested, send me an email and I will send you the .pdf that includes the route map and directions. One includes Austin/Furnace and the second includes Old Rag, Robertson Mt and White Oak Canyon.

    March 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also talked with Jim bout both as well. Told them I would be in contact, and Jim offered to help with anything I needed to know. SOund like great people.

    March 1, 2011

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