SNP Hike! 10 Very Strenuous Brown Mountain - Rocky Mountain Run - Larait Trail!

  • March 30, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Very Strenuous SNP Hike!

Brown Mountain - Rocky Mountain Run - Larait Trail Loop!

So, C'mon! Get out of bed and onto the trail... Steve CHALLENGES you to get out of bed, get your rear in gear, and come out for a hike! Rich in human history and wildlife, Shenandoah is truly one of the jewels of the East. Located in northern Virginia, it's is an easy drive from the Washington, D.C., metro area and you can ride along in a carpool to pass the road time quickly. This is a VERY strenuous circuit with approximately 2950 feet of elevation gain and is for experienced hikers only.

Pre-Approval Required For This Hike

This particular hike requires pre-approval from the hike leader unless you have earned the title " Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes" which would display beneath your name. Otherwise, please contact the hike leader at the number at the bottom of this listing so you can make an informed decision together. Thank you for your understanding and this is for everyone's safety and enjoyment and only applies to our most strenuous of hikes. Volky, a frequent hiker with our group had this to say after hiking this trail with us "This was a great hike but definitely not for the faint of heart. The last two miles are very challenging."

Hike Description

Rich in human history and wildlife, Shenandoah is truly one of the jewels of the East. Located in northern Virginia, it's is an easy drive from the Washington, D.C., metro area

This is a loop hike across two mountain peaks, dropping down to cross the park's largest stream. It will offer extraordinary views and provide glimpses into the park's geological past. Along Brown Mountain, sandstone is embedded with 600-million-year-old fossil worm holes. Below Brown Mountain, fire engulfed the are in 1986, and today's hiker have the opportunity to observe firsthand just how quickly nature can regenerate herself. Carry plenty of water for this hike and we can take dips in the many streams we will be passing as well as crossing to cool off if hiking this in the summer!

Note: Since this area is one of the most berry covered areas and bears just love their berries (great snack for us too along the trail and we have nicknamed the blueberry hike), black bear sightings are very frequent so if you are uncomfortable around bears, this is not a hike for you but many of us enjoy seeing them and are so happy they are finally recovering from almost being completely gone from our region. Beth, a frequent hiker with our group had this to say "The hike was strenuous but worth it! We saw 3 bears, 2 cubs (missed a photo of one of them climbing a tree), 2 deer and 2 baby deer. A beautiful day for the hike with a great group of people!"

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Simmons Gap (Hike is at Skyline Mile: 76.9)
Length: 10.1 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Time to Hike: 5-6 Hours Depending on length of lunch and pic breaks! It's up to the group...
Trail Traffic: Light
Skill Level: VERY Strenuous
Season: Best spring through fall but also very crisp and unobstructed views in winter with bare trees
Trailhead Elev: 2475 feet
Top Elev: 2950 feet
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park

Weather Information
We hike rain snow, or shine! Click here for the forecast for the trail area we will be hiking!

Gear Information
Here are some suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.

Carpool Information

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 information and 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 hike!

Hike is at 9:00a.m.

Carpool meetup time for Savage Station is 6:00 a.m.

Carpool meetup time for Centerville is 6:45 a.m.

Park Entry Fee:

The entry fee for Skyline Drive for all vehicles is $15 for a single car although many of our member have passes so use the comment area to make arrangements.

Fido is welcome on this Hike Only with hike leader approval due to difficulty of trail!

Let's have good times and see you on the trail!

Please note that our holiday weekend hikes are not refundable due to too many people backing out of the at the last minute before the refund cut-off and keeping others from being able to go. Sorry, but this is the only way to help make sure that there is a good turnout and our leaders not offer to lead a hike on their holiday weekend and day in vain...or they might be burned enough that they will no longer offer to lead them. Since we have made holiday hikes non-refundable it has boosted attendance rate significantly and often have perfect attendance, yay! Please note that our refund policy is always listed just beneath the price, and you are required to check a box that you agree to it before you can pay, so I put it in three places to avoid any issues. Thanks so much for your understanding and have a great time.

Steve: [masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike again! Loved the mountain views and the refreshing stream crossings. Thanks Steve and Priyanga for leading the hike.

    April 4, 2013

  • Ali

    Tracks, data from today's hike: http://adventures.garmin.com/en...­

    March 30, 2013

    • Ali

      for some reason it was recording anything under 5mph as stopped, reset the stats and it started to work fine... The times were corrected when i synced the track with the pc.

      March 31, 2013

  • Paul

    Great day, great people, great hike.

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Stuart T.

    What a beautiful day for hiking. And whoever had the idea that water filled boots would be great cushioning for that last uphill climb was GENIUS! Thanks Priyanga for stepping up and leading

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • Denise

    Looking for a ride - coming from the Gaithersburg/Rockville area. Be happy to pay for gas.

    March 28, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      Ah bummer. Oh well.

      March 30, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      Running few late tom but ill be there.

      March 30, 2013

  • Deborah E. G.

    Sorry, not going to be able to make it after all.

    March 30, 2013

  • kimmie

    I interest in carpool from Centreville P&R , will be happy to contribute for gas.

    March 25, 2013

    • Laura J.

      I can carpool from Centreville either drive or ride

      March 28, 2013

    • Paul

      Laura, we'll definitely need you as a driver. See you all at 6:45!

      March 29, 2013

  • Mike

    We can provide a ride if anyone needs it. Planning on leaving Arlington around 6:30 a.m. Happy to pick up anyone in the area who is without car or meet at Centreville.

    March 29, 2013

    • Laura J.

      I'm in South Arlington (Columbia Pike/Carlin Springs area) and I'd like either a ride or to carpool. If that's close a ride would be nice otherwise could meet at Centreville

      March 29, 2013

    • Mike

      Laura, we can pick you up. You can reach me at [masked] or [masked].

      March 29, 2013

  • Nicole B.

    Can anyone give me a ride from sw dc? I can also meet someone near a metro. I will RSVP if I can find a ride. Thanks!

    March 28, 2013

    • Paul

      At 7:00 I'm leaving DC for Cvlle carpool. Let me know if you get on the hike and want a ride! [masked].

      March 28, 2013

    • Nicole B.

      Oh just saw this! Yes I will text you!

      March 29, 2013

  • Nicole B.

    Can anyone give me a ride from SW DC? if so I will rsvp. I can pitch in for gas

    March 29, 2013

  • Kent M.

    Anyone meeting at Savage?

    March 29, 2013

  • Mark H

    I see some nice sunny hiking weather in our future ! :)

    March 29, 2013

  • Mark H

    Steve, we are coming out from 66 and wondering if its better to cut into skyline drive at Thorton Gap and drive down skyline from there, or go down on Rt 29 and cut in on 33 to Swift Run Gap. Figured you would know best.

    March 28, 2013

    • Denise

      I've always taken swift run - you can only drive so fast on skyline Drive.

      March 28, 2013

    • Mark H

      See I knew you guys would know, Thanks Steve and Denise !!

      March 28, 2013

  • Priya

    Steve, There are two start times in this posting - 9am and 10am. Please let us know which is the right one. Thank you!

    March 27, 2013

22 went

  • Priyanga
    Certified Hike Leader
    Event Host
  • Mike +1
    Hike Leader
  • Kent M.
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes!
  • Laura J.
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes!
  • Sara
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes!
  • Chris T.
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes!
  • Tom
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes!
  • Shaojun
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes!
  • Daniel C.
    Certified Hike Leader
  • Ali
  • Paul
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  • Stuart T.
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes! 01/14/13
  • Manori
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes!
  • Mark H
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
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