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North Marshall Mountain

This hike has been burning a hole in the to-do bucket since last August, waiting for the leaves to fall and a fee-free day to come along. Let's go to the mountains!

The route: From the west end of the Jenkins Gap parking lot (about mile marker 12), we’ll take the path to the Appalachian Trail and follow the trail south for 3.1 miles to the summit of North Marshall Mountain and return.

This is an out-and-back hike, easy to moderate difficulty, with a total distance of 6.2 miles of smiles and an elevation gain from 2,355 at the Jenkins Gap trailhead to 3,368 feet at Mt. Marshall summit. Plan for about two and a half hours of hiking and a total driving time of about 2 hours and 40 minutes, plus some extra time for breaks during both hiking and driving. We should get back to Vienna Metro between 3 and 4 pm.

Google hike map here: http://tinyurl.com/lgnfyp3

How to get there: From the Vienna Metro North Lot, Oakton, VA, head east on Virginia Center Blvd and take the ramp onto I-66 W and drive west for 48.7 miles. Take exit 13 toward Virginia 79/​VA-55/​Linden/​Front Royal, turn left onto VA-79 S/​Apple Mountain Rd and go under the I-66 overpass, and turn right onto VA-55 W/​John Marshall Hwy. Continue to follow VA-55 W for 5.2 miles into Front Royal, passing a KFC, Burger King, and McDonald’s as you drive through town. Turn left onto US-340 S/​S Royal Ave and follow US-340 S drive 0.5 miles, then turn left onto Skyline Dr. After driving 12.4 miles, the entrance to the parking area will be on your right, immediately after the sign reading "Jenkins Gap Overlook." (The arrow on the sign points to the left, which is the overlook, but the parking lot is to the right.) Estimated total drive time without stops is 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Google driving directions map: http://tinyurl.com/o52gyem

How to find us:

• We’ll meet for carpooling in the Vienna Metro North Lot, Oakton, VA, at 9:00 am

• After the drive, we’ll rendezvous at the Jenkins Gap parking lot on Skyline Drive, GPS =[masked],[masked]

What to bring: Bring water, comfy shoes, your furry friend if desired (leashes, please), and maybe a snack for the trail. The forecast is sunny and a high of 51 degrees, so consider a layer for the morning chill. As a reminder, this is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 years of age is permitted.

Cost: None. (January 20 is a fee-free day!)

Administrative stuff: Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, at Mile 4.6 along Skyline Drive, has restrooms and drinking fountains. Burger King, McDonalds, and Spelunker’s Burgers and Frozen Custard have facilities, and are in Front Royal along the way.

Notes:

• SNP maps: http://tinyurl.com/7ywb7aq

• SNP North district map: http://tinyurl.com/k9fx72v

• SNP rules about pets: http://tinyurl.com/qyqw6qv

• Prehike notes, topo map: http://tinyurl.com/p835tth

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  • Diana B.

    What a great last minute save. Thanks to everyone for your patience with me getting up the hill by walking slow and stopping to help a lone hiker which slowed me down even more. What a great bunch of folks!! Great car pool too!!

    January 20, 2014

  • John M

    What the...Skyline Drive closed on a sunny day??!! Sorry about the surprise for those who drove direct...hope the trail near the entry was nice. Great recovery from Vienna Metro to Bull Run Mountain for a beautiful hike, fun bunch, nice lunch after! Thanks for the patience and a great play with an unexpected hand!!

    3 · January 20, 2014

    • Ian B.

      Certainly was good. Thanks for leading the hike.

      January 20, 2014

  • Donna

    I got to the park entrance and was told that the road is closed I am hiking the Dicky which trail you'll see it as you coming to the park immediately um on the right there are some cars parked there so um I don't know how else to meet you guys um

    January 20, 2014

    • Ben B

      Hi Donna - I'm hiking the dickey road too. I'm wearing a blue jacket. If you see me say hello!

      January 20, 2014

  • Sharyn

    Skyline Drive closed due to ice. We are going to Bull Run conservancy.

    January 20, 2014

    • Ben B

      Made to skyline...sorry that I missed you at the parking lot!

      January 20, 2014

    • McKinney

      Ditto. :-)

      January 20, 2014

  • McKinney

    I'll meet you guys at the trail head.

    January 20, 2014

  • Ian B.

    At the parking lot. See you when folks get here.

    January 20, 2014

  • Lily

    When I woke up this morning my ankle, which I sprained a few weeks ago, is acting up. Next time I hope.

    January 20, 2014

  • Beth

    Sorry, schedule conflict came up. Next time...

    January 19, 2014

  • Cyndi

    I have to work as well.

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just found out that I have to work :(

    January 15, 2014

  • Diana B.

    This sounds awesome! I'm arriving from DC via metro and hoping someone will let me ride with them. Will bring great attitude and cash to help with gas, etc. for the driver. Pretty good at reading maps or following GPS too....

    1 · January 14, 2014

  • Lily

    What kind of weather are we anticipating? Should I wear heavy winter gear?

    January 10, 2014

    • Naomi

      Wait and see the weather when closer to that day. Dress in layers so you can peel off when you're warmer on the trails. Dress non-cotton as your base layer so you won't be chill with sweats. Hiking boots are highly recommended. If there's ice on the trails, I don't think John will lead us there. He's the best organizer you can dream of... I've never seen him holding hands though :D

      1 · January 10, 2014

  • Amanda M

    Looking forward to it!

    January 10, 2014

  • Naomi

    Hope to see those bears, must be quite bigger now :)

    1 · January 6, 2014

  • ML M.

    Will be working on MLK :-(

    January 6, 2014

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