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Hike & Dine: Buck Hollow/Mary's Rock Hike / Thornton River Grille - CANCELLED


This 9 mile hike, with 2600 feet of elevation (compared to Overlook Mtn's 1965 ft) has a level of difficulty of 4 out of 5 on hiking upward.  More details of the hike can be found at:  

http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/BuckHollowMarysRock/

Following the hike (which hiking upward estimates will take 5 hours plus breaks/snack time), we will drive to the quaint and delicious Thornton River Grille, with a great selection of food, beer, and wine. 

http://www.thorntonrivergrille.com/#/home/

3710 Sperryville Pike  Sperryville, va 22740

The Plan:  Please arrive no later than 9:00am in the hiking parking lot, and be ready to hike at 9:15 AM.  

CARPOOL:  To carpool, meet at the Centreville Park and Ride at 7:30 for a 7:45am DEPARTURE.  Park and Ride address:  6168 Early Autumn Dr, Centreville, VA 2012.  Return time to park and ride after dinner:  6:00pm

Bring: 

Water (2-3 bottles minimum, or a full camelback)

Backpack:  extra pair of socks, lunch, trail snacks (dried fruit, nuts, bars), rain jacket, band aids, hand sanitizer; a backpack is important for carrying these items and extra clothing.

Please print and bring the trail map.

Be aware your cell phone may not have service; let family/friends know you may be out of contact

Ladies:  bring tissue for the trail, and baggies to pack it out

WEAR:  Sturdy hiking boots (tennis shoes not recommended due to rocky terrain).  

Please inspect your shoe soles and laces; I have witnessed soles separate and fall off, and laces break.

Dress for weather (if rain is expected, please check the meetup website for updates).  Wear wicking layers (NOT COTTON), as we usually begin to peel layers within 15 minutes of hiking.  

DIRECTIONS FROM NOVA:  (you can get turn by turn by going on hiking upward)

66 West

Take exit 43A to merge onto US-29 S4.2 mi 

Slight left onto US-15 S/US-29 S/Lee Hwy7.3 mi

Slight right onto US-15 BUS S/US-29 BUS S

Continue to follow US-29 BUS S2.1 mi

Turn right onto US-211 W/Frost Ave/Lee Hwy

Continue to follow US-211 W/Lee Hwy

Destination will be on the left30.3 miUS-211 W/Lee Hwy


Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions.  I'll post more information closer to the hike regarding weather, and any other special conditions.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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  • Jill F.

    Cancelled? Seriously? Bummer.

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In view not having the necessary equipment for this hike I too will have to pass on this hike. I was so looking forward to it!

    December 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the suggestion

      December 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've got an extra set of poles

      December 14, 2013

  • Linda

    Guess I'm not as tough as I think.....see you all at the next hike.

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not going to be able to make this one after all, have fun everyone.

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to miss this hike. Just found out I have to work tomorrow. I hope you guys do this hike again next year. Was do looking forward to it.

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are hiking poles in nature..called a stick.

    2 · December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This Sunday's hike to Buck Hollow is a serious hike -- 9 miles, with 2600 feet of elevation change, and as Kelly noted, it may be covered with snow and ice. Please do not attempt this hike if you are not prepared for this level of difficulty under these conditions.

    Please bring traction for your boots, and/or hiking poles to assist with this climb. You must have wicking layers of clothing so you don't get cold (no cotton) and a backpack. Safety is paramount on these hikes, and there is no way to transport out someone who is physically unable to maintain a consistent pace or complete the hike, or who falls and is injured.

    Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful snow today - be safe on the roads!

    December 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Since I have no traction for boots or hiking poles I guess I will have to withdraw from this one. Darn and I so love hiking challenging hills.

      1 · December 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Out of curiosity, which traction item do you use, Heide?

      December 13, 2013

  • Jill F.

    I will no be at the park and ride in Centerville. I'll meet you there.

    December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok Heide, you've been on so many of my rides I figure it's time I finally join you on one of your hikes!

    December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heide, Since hiking poles are on my Christmas wish list (I don't have any yet) and I have no ACL in my left knee - - both of which make the icy trail a bit dangerous for me -- I think it's best if I don't participate in this one. : ( I hope you all have fun!

    December 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm so disappointed -- you're a great trail companion. Have a fun weekend and take care!

      1 · December 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Count me in for the next one!

      December 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love this hike. There will be lots of ice on this mountain. I would highly recommend people have traction for their hiking boots.

    December 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heide, I think this is awesome. Thank you for setting it up. John and I will be traveling the back roads, Aden Road to 211 from just north of Quantico. Carpooling is an option for anyone wanting to ride and split the cost. We can pretend we are going "over the river and thru the wood"- A fun, full car can make the rive cheery and timeless.

    December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to do this hike... would need a ride from metro tho.
    Any takers?

    November 21, 2013

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