April 12, 2008 · 10:30 AM
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Looks like the weather is going to work out!! Partly Cloudy 10-20 percent chance of rain until 1:00 and then 0 percent. Upper 60s Low 70s -- a beautiful day in Shenandoah!
What to Bring/Wear:
-Water (there are a lot of spots on the trail to refill -- I'll have a purifier but 2-3 liters would be ideal and enough for the hike)
-Breathable clothing -- hiking pants are much better than jeans
-There are pools but I imagine they'll be cold this time of year....
We will enjoy some of the best waterfalls in Shenandoah by completing this circuit hike beginning inside the park. This is a beautiful but strenuous 8.2 mile circuit hike (2500 ft elevation gain) so please bring plenty of water and food for the journey. Also, if you have hiking poles or a walking stick you may find them advantageous. We will pass six waterfalls on the way down and three waterfalls on the way up providing excellent and numerous opportunities for photo, food, and water breaks. The hike will take approximately 5.5 to 7 hours to complete. The following link http://www.hikingupwa... has additional information on the trail. IMPORTANT: We will be starting at a different location (upper left off Skyline Drive) so don't follow the link the parking area they indicate.
If you wish to carpool with us, we will depart from the Fairlington North Management Office at 8:15 am. The office is located at 3001 South Abingdon Street, Arlington, VA. Depending upon the number of people, we might need volunteers to drive. Otherwise, we will see you in the Hawksbill Gap Parking Area at 10:30 am. There is a $15 per car entrance fee or use of an Annual National Park Pass ($80) or an Annual Shenandoah Pass ($30).
If you drive on your own, the link below provides directions to major points in the park. If possible, please email the day before or call me the day of so I know to be on the look out for you.
You'll want to enter at Thornton Gap (unless you want a longer scenic drive) and head south for a little over 14 miles to mile marker 45.6 - Hawksbill Gap Parking Area
See Central District - White Oak Canyon Area for additional information on the hike and where the parking area is. We'll be doing the Cedar Run/White Oak Circuit. Likely down White Oak and up Cedar Run. Again, the hike is strenuous/very strenuous but very much worth the effort. There is no rock scrambling like Old Rag -- just some significant steep area - 2500 feet elevation gain.
My cell number is [masked]. Please call me if you have trouble finding the parking area or are running a few minutes late to the hike or the carpool. The carpool will be leaving at 8:15 from Fairlington and I estimate we'll arrive by 10:30. Again, I recommend car pooling since there is a park fee per car.