Where: Hard 11.2 mile Sugar Knob Hike in Wardensville, WV. Never leave home without a hiking map. Please either print and bring the trail map and description with you or save it on your phone so you have it with you on the hike. The hike is about a 2 hour drive from the DC metro area. The trail follows streams for most of the way, so the pups can stay nice and cool. It doesn't seem like there's too much elevation change, but it is 11 miles, so be prepared for a long hike. You can follow this link for directions, description, printable Topo Maps, etc.
Getting to Trailhead from I-81: A comment on getting to the trail head ... from 81 take Route 55 West about 18 or 19 miles into Wardensville, WV. Two blocks after the Shell gas station, turn right onto Sanfield Road (if you get to the stop sign that marks the end of Rt. 55 ... you've got about a tenth of a mile too far). At the end of Sanfield Road, make a left onto North Mountain Road. Then make your first right onto Waites Run. From here, it's approximately 5 miles to the trail head (the last 1.5 or so is on a gravel road). Parking is on the left just before the bridge. The trail head is on your right, before the bridge.
Length/Time: 11.2 miles / 6.0 hours (loop hike)
Difficulty: "Hard" due to length and a steep assent.
Leashes: OFF-Leash. The parking is on the shoulder of the road so leashes should be used until we get on the trail. You need to have a leash with you during the hike as well. Also a reminder to be respectful of other hikers. I usually ask that we yield the right of way to other trail users. Please read up on NOVA Traildogs off-leash policy before you sign up.
Water: There are lots of streams for the dogs, but it's always good to bring extra just in case. Make sure you have enough for you, especially if it's a hot day. Rule of thumb is 2 liters for every 8-12 miles.
Foot Wear: Hiking boots are strongly recommended. This area tends to be rocky. We will also be doing lots of stream crossings, so water resistant/proof footwear would be helpful.
Food: A snack/lunch for the trail is always a good idea. You can bring something for your pup as well, but please ask before sharing treats.
Carpool: Parking is along the shoulder of the road, so cutting down on car traffic would be great. Watch the comment section on carpooling info as we get closer to the event.
Weather: I will cancel by Friday afternoon if there is a strong chance of thunderstorms.
RSVP Policy: Just FYI, the +1 or +2 is for people, not dogs. There are usually people on the waiting list, so please update your RSVP as soon as you know you can't make it. If you need to cancel I ask for 24 hour notice. Please review the NOVA Traildog RSVP Policy before signing up.