Very Strenuous (Hopefully Frozen) Waterfalls Hike in SNP!
A Very Strenuous 16 Miles: Robertson Mountain Plus Whiteoak Canyon Circuit with Optional Post Hike Meal!
Are you ready to climb some serious elevation gain in a day hike? Well then, look no further because here it is! And if you are up for it you can join us for a post hike meal too. Come on out and get your butt kicked on this wicked winter hike!
We have combined these two outstanding mountains and came up with a very strenuous circuit hike for a serious adventure. This hike uses multiple trails and some fire road. This hike has some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Shenandoah National Park. Combining two out-and-back hikes, White Oak Canyon and Cedar Run, this loop starts at the bottom of the valley and cuts over near the top of the ridge. With five major falls, numerous smaller cascades and pools, this circuit hike is one of the best. Given the time of year of this hike we should be able to enjoy great views of the frozen falls. Overlooking Old Rag Mountain, this hike has one of the steepest trails in the central section of the Shenandoah National Park, with an elevation gain of 1,700 feet in just over 1.5 miles.
Pre-Approval is Required for This Very Strenuous Hike
We require pre-approval for this hike, unless you have earned the title of "pre-approved for Very strenuous Hikes" with you name. 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 for you and puts everyone at risk to do so. 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 and have a great adventure!
Nearby City: Sperryville
Length: 16 total miles
Trail Type: Circuit
Skill Level: Very strenuous due to overall length and technical features
Elevation Gain: 5100 ft
Special Winter Gear Note:
Traction gear is a must for this hike the winter for safety and so we can enjoy this 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 even run on the ice with them! Please note these are different and significantly less expensive than crampons which are overkill for this hike.
Weather Information Rain, Snow, Ice, or Shine. Click here to see an up trail forecast.
There are 2 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan with the hike leader from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for informationand directions to the Centerville location. 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 Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for this Super Hike!
Meetup Time for Hike is 8:00 a.m.
Carpool time from Savage Station is 5:30 a.m.
Carpool time from Centerville Park and Ride is 5:45 a.m.
Important Winter Note for Hikes in SNP:
Please call the park's recorded information line: [masked], 1, 1 for the most current Skyline Drive status if there is any question about road conditions on the morning of the hike, or contact the hike leader at the number at the bottom of this listing. Please note that we do not have your phone number (but you have ours) to let you know or we would. Road conditions can change overnight, but we do check on the parks road conditions at 10pm the night before the hike.
Fido is NOT Welcome on this Hike
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