Where: Medium/Hard 8.6 mile Meneka Peak Hike near Front Royal, VA. Please bring the trail map and description with you. You can print it or save it on your phone so you have it with you on the hike. You can follow this link for directions, description, printable Topo Maps, etc. The hike is about a 1.5 hour drive from the DC metro area. The climb up to the ridge-line is pretty strenuous, but once there it's not too bad. This is an easier hike than the Signal Knob hike in the same area. This would be good for experienced hikers and for those who have done some shorter hikes in the area and want to go a bit further. It is probably not good for beginners.
Length/Time: 8.6 miles / 5.0 hours (circuit hike)
Difficulty: Medium/Hard due to length and steep assents.
Leashes: OFF-Leash Optional. I always recommend leashes in the parking areas. 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 no streams for most of the hike. Make sure you have enough for you and your dog. Rule of thumb is 2-3 liters for every 8-12 miles.
Foot Wear: Hiking boots are strongly recommended. This area is very rocky.
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.
Weather: I will cancel by Saturday afternoon if there is a strong chance of thunderstorms.
RSVP Policy: 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.