Little Devils Stairs Loop with a post-hike winery party! - Shenandoah Nat'l Park

  • September 8, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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***Pushed out to 9/8 due to weather (again, but what can we do?)***

Hey Super Troopers!!!

Because it's summer in the Shenandoah and cuz this trail was requested by one of my favorite Super Troopers! Btw, it's Shark Week over on the Discovery Channel (and a bad week to be a seal)! It's pretty cool, you should check it out!

This 4-hour (5.5 miles of smiles) strenuous loop hike begins as a very gradual ascent along the Keyser Run gorge.  After about a mile the real fun and adventure begins, as we'll start climbing up the “stairs” along the steep cliffs of the gorge.  The climb has about a 1000-feet elevation gain and at times will require you to use your hands for balance and to pull yourself up (rock scrambling baby!!!). We'll see a few waterfalls along the way. Please note, we'll have to cross a few streams as well, so be prepared to get your feet wet! Trail Map

At about mile 2, the climb will begin to level off as the trail moves away from the gorge to intersect with Keyser Run Fire Road. Before beginning our decent along this road, we'll break for lunch and jokes here. 

The rest of the hike is basically a (relatively boring) walk in the woods along the fire road. Well, not boring if you find someone pleasing in personality (charming) and appearance (good-looking) to chat with, such as yours truly...no shameless self-promotion intended.

And now for my favorite disclaimer: We care about you and don't want you to get hurt or get yourself into any trouble in the gorge, but it's ultimately up to you to keep yourself safe on any hike/walk. You can do this by knowing your limits, so make sure you are physically able to do this hike. If you have doubts about your physical abilities, you might want to try our one of our less rigorous, strenuous walks/hikes. Don't underestimate the challenge of this hike, as if you do, it's going to kick your ass!!!--That being said, I hope you're up for the challenge as I will see you through.

Where to meet and driving: We'll meet at at 9am at the Vienna Metro Station - North parking garage (first level), which is along the Orange Line and I-66 for carpooling and direction purposes. From here, we'll head west towards the mountains (75 miles, 90 minutes). The winery is TBD, suggestions are welcomed!

What to bring: yourself, plenty of water, a bag lunch, a granola bar or two, and cool sunglasses! As always, if you have any questions, going to be late, or just want to say hello, my number is (301) 712- 5880.

Hope you'll come to the dance!

-albert

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was awesome and enjoyed it. It was a great work-out. Met new amazing group.

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very excited to join in my first hike with this group!

    September 8, 2013

  • Yumiko A.

    If I can get a ride, I prefer not to drive! Since I don't know how to get there.

    September 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Yumiko, thanks for offering the ride, I cant make it. Please check with Shoshana, if she has a spot for you..

      September 7, 2013

  • Shoshana

    I live near the Vienna Metro station and plan on driving... but I probably can't attend the wine tasting due to my work schedule (depends on our timing). If anyone needs a ride and is willing to head back right after the hike, let me know! I have space for 3-4 others :-)

    1 · September 7, 2013

    • Pete

      Hey Shoshana, if you still have room for one more, count me in. I have to head back after the hike, too. See you tomorrow!

      September 7, 2013

    • Shoshana

      Sounds good - I'll be at the metro station around 9 am - I have a light blue Honda Fit. See you then!

      September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a public service announcement. Tomorrow's hiking weather: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 85F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. --Just perfect!

    We'll be joined by 10 of our friends from the Alexandria Hiking, Trail Running, & Camping for 20s & 30s...the other love of my life!

    With work/school/etc., it's been very hectic for me, so I probably won't be going to the winery afterwards, but please feel free to coordinate amongst yourselves if you'd like to hit the winery afterwards.

    We'll be rolling out of Vienna at 9:30. If you're taking to the Metro and running late, text/call me (301) 712-5880...we'll wait for you!

    See you in the morning.

    This has been a public service announcement.

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Shoshana, We"re in the same page about work schedule. Yumiko so sweet offered a ride. If it's okay, can I get a ride back with you to Vienna Metro if you decide not staying for wine tasting?

    Thx much:)

    September 7, 2013

  • Aqab

    Still need a ride. Someone?

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! Would someone give me a ride from blue or orange metro stop? Rosslyn..Ballston..Viennea..name it and I can be there.

    September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can I join your carpool? I will pitch in for gas money..

      September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Changed plans see u next time

      September 7, 2013

  • ClaraMunay

    anybody leaving from MD? Montgomery county? I can meet you at any red line metro station, I'll contribute for gas, let me know :)

    August 9, 2013

    • ClaraMunay

      wonderful! thanks Tracy :) let me know what time should I be at the Rockville metro station :)

      August 17, 2013

    • ClaraMunay

      hi Tracy :) let me know if you're still going :)

      September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Yumiko. Looking forward. See you Sunday.

    September 6, 2013

  • Yumiko A.

    Karina, LOLI and Kalyan, Albert texted me about a carpool, whether I should arrange carpool ahead, he said just show up at Vienna, you will be fine! So see you all at the Vienna subway, we will be ok.

    September 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great, thanks :). I will meet you at the Vienna Metro at 9AM on Sunday..

      September 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool, looking forward Yumiko. See you there.

      September 6, 2013

  • Will P.

    Is there anyone available to carpool with? Coming from Arlington (so, Ballston/EFC/WFC/Vienna), can help with gas etc.

    September 6, 2013

  • Yumiko A.

    Karina, LOLI and Kalyan, I am planning to drive with my friend Elizabeth. If you can help navigating me since I don't know how to get there, I can pick you up at East Falls Church subway. Let me know.

    September 6, 2013

  • Kenny

    Can I join someone's carpool from Vienna Metro. thanks

    September 5, 2013

  • Aqab

    Is anyone coming from DC? Could anyone help with a ride? Thanks

    September 5, 2013

  • Elizabeth S

    Will need a ride fro Vienna Metro - thanks!

    August 26, 2013

    • Yumiko A.

      If we can't get a ride, do you want to help me to drive?

      September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Yumiko, I can help you driving if it's okay. Should we meet in Ballston metro station. Need to know NLT, COB Wed. Thx so much:)

      September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I get a ride from Ballston Metro Station?

    September 2, 2013

    • Yumiko A.

      If I can't get a ride, do you thing you can help me to drive?

      September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi , I am Driving from Arlington !!
    i can pick someone from Ballston or Virginia sq metro station

    August 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Rajesh, can I get a lift from Ballston Metro as well?

      September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi , Sorry -:( something came up !! i have changed my RSVP for this hike .

      September 2, 2013

  • Kate J.

    Hate I have to miss this!!!!

    September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will share for gas:)

    September 2, 2013

  • Paige

    Sorry will be in va beach

    August 31, 2013

  • Johnny

    Will the winery have a big screen television, lol, this is the first week of nfl football season!!!!!!!! My Patriots are playing at 1pm!!!!!!

    August 29, 2013

  • Jin

    Yes I've done it before.

    August 28, 2013

  • Yumiko A.

    Will need a ride from Vienna Metro as well. Thank you!

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone leaving from alexandria and got a room in car pls let me know

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry peeps, gotta push this out to 9/8. The forecast calls for showers the whole day. Since we're on rocks and crossing streams it makes for precarious situations. Safety first - don't want anyone to get hurt. See you on 9/8.
    http://www.weather.com/weather/...

    August 17, 2013

    • Aqab

      I didn't get a ride sorted out for tomorrow anyway. Anyone want to do something in DC area anyway? Better than staying in.. Clara??

      August 17, 2013

    • ClaraMunay

      a friend is going away so I'll be busy with that

      August 18, 2013

  • Aqab

    Anyone want to do something in DC area anyway? Better than staying in...

    August 17, 2013

  • Sarah A.

    I am going to have to work tomorrow unfortunately. Hope to join you guys one day soon. Have fun tomorrow!

    August 17, 2013

  • Shoshana

    May go for the hike only (no winery) - I live just around the corner from the Vienna Metro station, and would love to either catch a ride or drive with others in my car to keep me company! Let me know if you're interested in just going for the hike and want to drive together :-)

    August 17, 2013

  • Tori

    Anyone coming from Alexandria?

    August 5, 2013

    • Kira M

      I see. It is really close to me. I live not far from Huntington metro.

      August 6, 2013

    • Lucia

      Hi Tori your post did not show entirely until I checked the whole site. Do you have a ride from Alexandria? I can help, if you don't.

      August 17, 2013

  • Susan H. R.

    Accident yesterday: toenail pulled off nailbed; unable to wear shoes, so hiking is out. Hope the weather is in your favor.

    August 17, 2013

  • Aqab

    Can anyone provide a ride? Coming from DC. But can get to a METRO. Thanks.

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds beautiful but I have my doubts and know my limits so I'll pass on this one. Yawl have a wonderful hike and please take pictures for those of us not going.

    August 17, 2013

  • Pete

    Is anyone planning to drive out to the hike and not go to the winery?

    August 15, 2013

    • Susan H. R.

      Yes, I am. I'm driving cfrom the Rosslyn area.

      August 16, 2013

    • Pete

      Are you still meeting at Vienna metro?

      August 17, 2013

  • Aqab

    Hi, It would great if I could get a ride from someone. I'm coming from DC, but n ear Silver Spring, but can get to a Metro... Thanks...

    August 7, 2013

    • Aqab

      Sounds good. What time is best for you to meet? and My number is:[masked] 5757....

      August 16, 2013

    • Aqab

      BTW, thanks...

      August 16, 2013

  • cheryl

    Grey Ghost or Narmada in Amissvile are both great Narmada or Gadino Cellars are all great and easy to find and get to.

    August 12, 2013

  • Stephanie G.

    Looking forward to it!!

    August 11, 2013

  • Stephanie G.

    Sounds like fun!

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Albert, if you have not yet decided on a winery, Unicorn is not far away: 489 Old Bridge Rd
    Amissville, VA 20106

    Reviews:
    https://plus.google.com/115667964071703554521/about?gl=us&hl=en

    August 11, 2013

  • Kira M

    I will come from Alexandria. Right now it seems that i will be able to attend (keeping my fingers crossed). I have room for 3 more in my sporty-coop car.

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can give a ride to anyone in Woodbridge area if needed. Room for 3 passengers.

    August 7, 2013

  • Tori

    Anyone wants to carpool from Eisenhower Metro?

    August 7, 2013

  • Intissar

    I hop will come ,Even I doubt about my Physical ability ,hop to do even part of it ,I am from Alexandria ,

    August 6, 2013

  • Tori

    This is great, hikes scheduled every weekend.

    August 5, 2013

  • Kira M

    I really will try to attend...

    August 5, 2013

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