Black Hill and Little Devil

From: Mike
Sent on: Tuesday, September 2, 2008 8:59 PM



It’s been a while since I’ve emailed you. (You’re welcome.) Our last two trips—to Stony Man and West Virginia—were full, so I could not invite you, but a link to pictures from those trips is below. However, you are cordially invited to the following...


This Sunday, Sept 7, you can join us to hike and bird (no, no, it’s not what you think), and even paddle after lunch, all at beautifully hilly Black Hill Regional Park. The hike is an fairly 5-mile circuit (1.4 blisters), with frequent stops to observe birds with the help of leader Rob Anderson, who can tell the difference between the two in the bush. Yes, please bring binoculars or scope if you have them/it. Bring drink, and if you’d like to stay for lunch, bring that too. After lunch, if you want—and for as long as you want before the place closes—you can paddle on Little Seneca Lake by renting a canoe, a recreational kayak, or rowboat from the park (about $7.5/hr or $25/day; I think they accept CCs), or by bringing your own boat ($5/launch). You can do your own thing on the lake or paddle (slowly) with us. You don't need to know much. The lake is a reservoir and should be gentle, barring major winds. Note that the forecast looks good right now, but it may change, if I have nothing to do with it. To carpool, meet at 8 am at Shady Grove Metro station’s east exit Kiss & Ride lot.


Next Sunday, Sept 14, you can join us (leader, Janet Conley, and me) to hike a devilish 7.5-mile loop up Little Devil (or Devils) Stairs, to Hogback Mountain, then down Keyser Run. NOTE: This is a strenuous hike (4 blisters or difficult) with a steep climb (2800' elevation gain) that requires some rock scrambling. There’ll be spectacular views (weather permitting), a gorgeous gorge, and several stream crossings to boot. Which reminds me: Wear boots. Bring two quarts of water and a bag lunch, and carpool $. We'll meet at 8:30 am at the Vienna Metro Station’s north (!) Park and Ride lot. Sorry, no optional paddling.


On Sept 28, we’ll hike (3 blisters or so) and canoe (easy) at Shenandoah River State Park, but I’ll tell you about that later, which will give you time to adjust your email filter.





Photos of last two trips:, click “West Virginia Wonders” or “Skyland Area Hike,” then “Slideshow.”

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