Shenandoah National Park: Catlett Mountain
A Very Strenuous 14 Mile Hike!
One of the less traveled hikes in the Shenandoah National Park, the Catlett Mountain circuit is one of the most beautiful hikes in the SNP for fall colors although it is a sight to see during any season. Starting from the same parking area as Old Rag, leave the crowds behind, as you can do this hike and not see another person on the whole circuit. There are stream crossing and two butt-kicker hills to make certain you get a great workout!
Note that while this is a spectacular hike, it is very strenuous. This hike is much more challenging that Old Rag which many consider a strenuous hike. If have not earned pre-approval status our for very strenuous hikes, you must contact the hike leader before signing up for this hike so you can make an informed decision regarding this hike. It is dangerous to hike beyond your physical limitations. About 48 hours before the hike, I will check to see if anyone has signed up for this hike without contacting the leader and remove them for safety purposes. Thank you for your understanding.
This hike will be a moderate pace of about 2.5mph and a perfect pace for those hiking at this level for the first time, or who enjoy taking few more stops along the way. Take note, that no matter the pace, this is a Very Strenuous hike and not for hikers who are not well-conditioned.
Nearby City: Sperryville
Length: 14 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Very Strenuous due to a couple of steep hills and rugged terrain.
Elevation Gain: 2977 feet
Highlights: Solitude and fantastic views
Wildlife: Deer, foxes, black bears
Special Winter Gear Note:
Traction gear is a must in order to hike in the winter with our group for safety and so we can hike all four seasons! The most dependable/reliable gear in our opinion is either Kahtoola Microspikes or STABILicers Originals( Stabilicer "Originals" and not the "lites" as too many "lites" have snapped while out on the trail) and YakTrax are highly discouraged. Traction gear/ice cleats come in handy for getting the mail or walking the dog, in addition to any other outdoor activity where there is ice involved! You can run on the ice with them on and many runners do just that!
We hike rain, snow or shine (Hence the special gear requiremnet)! Click here for the forecast of the area we will be hiking.
There are 2 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for information and directions to the Centerville location. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Hike
Click here for directions to where we meet for this hike.
Hike is at 10:00 a.m
Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 7:45 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 8:30 a.m.
Fido is not welcome on this hike without the leaders permission
See you there and please take our numbers with you just in case...
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