Hike Tuscarora Trail near Kepler Overlook with option to camp!

Hello!  As of right now, we're planning on meeting at the Keplar Overlook trailhead at 10:00 am on Saturday for a nice day hike.  The trail is 6.6 miles and information can be found here: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/KeplerOverlook/.  The hike is in the GWNF so leashes are optional but please bring lots of water for you and you pup(s).  


There is a campsite next to the parking lot and trailhead.  Some of us will plan on spending the night and hiking again on Sunday.  On Sunday, we can either hike towards White Rocks or even repeat the Keplar Overlook hike, depending on what everyone wants to do.  If anyone wants to meet us for a day hike on Sunday, please meet us at the trailhead/campsite at 10:00 and we'll hike from there.  


This the first time I've suggested a meet-up so I'd like to keep it as flexible as possible to encourage as many people to come along as possible.  The weather will probably be chilly so come prepared!  :)

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  • Christian

    Strat is back to his old self so we might swing by tomorrow to do the hike. What time are you starting?

    January 18, 2014

  • Juliet

    Hi all, there's 2" of snow in front royal so that may mean snow/ice on the trail. I have a "new" ankle so can't risk it! I am going to regretfully decline, sorry for the short notice. I hope to hike with you another time soon.

    January 18, 2014

    • Jen

      No prob! Po and I will be there in just a few

      January 18, 2014

  • Jason F.

    What is an address I can put in my gps?

    January 17, 2014

    • Jason F.

      thank you! if that link doesn't work, try this one->http://goo.gl/maps/6B...­ . the origin on mine is Arlington

      January 17, 2014

    • Jen

      Yours works for me! So, the trailhead should be 1.5 miles on Van Buren after the intersection. I'm not sure how good the cell phone reception will be but feel free to call me a[masked] if you get lost.

      January 17, 2014

  • Christian

    Strat had a piece of a stick stuck in his gums and had to have minor surgery. Doc said no go on hiking for a few days. So I have to bail u

    January 17, 2014

    • Christian

      ...on the meetup. Sorry. Have fun and do this again.

      1 · January 17, 2014

  • Juliet

    Hi everyone, the weather forecasts I am seeing are for snow and a wintry mix. I am hoping that is wrong - I am rehabbing an ankle surgery so can't do ice yet. Does anyone have different intel? I am really looking forward to the hike but may send my regrets if it's truly going to be snowy/icy. Either way, I will let the group know. Thanks!

    January 17, 2014

  • Jason F.

    I'm in! I'll be there for the day hike. Might bring a friend too. And i'm looking forward to meeting everyone! This will be my first event for this meetup. *sigh back to work*

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Allie E.

    Sorry guys-things went a little south this week and I've got to spend the weekend finding doggy day care for Baloo. If anyone knows of a good one in Alexandria, I'm all ears!

    January 17, 2014

    • Jen

      Bummer! I have heard great things about your dog's best friend near target and best buy on hwy 1 but also hear that they are expensive. If I hear of anything, I'll let you know. Good luck!

      January 17, 2014

    • Po C.

      Sorry to hear that, Allie. I hope all is well with you and Baloo.

      January 17, 2014

  • Sarah

    Hi Jen, had to cancel because Miney hurt her paw. I thought it was better, but when I took her out on her morning walk it started acting up again. I don't want to risk making it worse. Have a great time! Definitely let me know how it goes. It looks like a great hike!

    January 16, 2014

    • Sharon G.

      Sorry to hear that Sarah! I was looking forward to seeing you and Hermione again (as was Zoe!). Hope to catch you next time :)

      1 · January 16, 2014

    • Jen

      So sorry Sarah, hope she heals quickly and we see you soon!

      1 · January 17, 2014

  • Jen

    So far, it sounds like everyone is coming up Saturday morning or afternoon. Is anyone planning on arriving on Sunday? And, who is interested in camping other than Po, Allie, and I?

    January 15, 2014

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      A former member

      We plan to bring our camping stuff, but we're may play it by ear. Is that alright? Anything we should bring?

      1 · January 15, 2014

    • Jen

      That sounds great! Just bring what you'd normally bring for a cold weather camping trip. I'm sure we'll have a fire and Po and I will bring stoves. I also have an extra tent and may bring a couple extra sleeping bags, just in case anyone needs them...

      1 · January 15, 2014

  • Sharon G.

    Does anyone have a sense of how long the hike takes? I'm getting dropped off and picked up:) thx!

    January 15, 2014

    • Sarah

      Hi Sharon, you can usually go by the hiking upward site. For this hike it says 3.5hrs plus a half an hour for lunch (4 total). I find it's pretty accurate. You may want to plan on 4.5hrs just to be on the safe side.

      January 15, 2014

  • Allie E.

    Weather permitting, Baloo and I plan to join you in the afternoon on Saturday (we've got an earlier commitment, but will head out of DC around 2. Will you be setting up camp before you hike, or after? Is the campsite obvious, or is there more than one?

    1 · January 14, 2014

    • Allie E.

      Ok--If I get there before you all are back from your hike, I'll just take my best guess and start pitching a tent. Didn't know what time you planned to finish the hike, but I should be there around 4:30ish.

      1 · January 14, 2014

    • Jen

      We're starting the hike at 10 so I hope we'll be done before you arrive. :)

      January 15, 2014

  • Jen

    It looks like we'll see a high of about 36 on Saturday and 42 on Sunday, with a low of 22 Saturday night. I'm looking forward to the cold! :)

    January 14, 2014

  • Carina G.

    Is there anyone I can carpool with? I live up in Arlington.

    January 11, 2014

    • Jason F.

      Me too. Do you want to do the daily hike or the overnight?

      January 14, 2014

    • Jen

      I'll probably ride up with Po as we're both spending the night but if either of you want to spend the night, we might be able to arrange something... Not sure if anyone else might be able to give you a ride if you're only interested in the day hike?

      January 14, 2014

  • Sarah

    Hi Jen, I'm interested in coming along on Saturday. Prefer to go south if we can. The Kepler Overlook hike sounds like a good one and I haven't done it before. When you hike the other direction (north), you get to White Rocks, which is part of the hike we did with the raccoon. Let me know!

    January 8, 2014

    • Jen

      Hi Sarah! That sounds good to me. We can plan on hiking the Kepler Overlook on Saturday and then either do White Rocks or even repeat the Kepler Overlook on Sunday, depending on what others want to do. :)

      January 8, 2014

  • Jason F.

    I'm interested, but definitely not a fan of sub 20degree weather! I will consider and get let ya'll know next week after looking at the weather forecats

    3 · January 8, 2014

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