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McAfee Knob and Dragon's Tooth- 2 of the best Vistas in the East!

  • Apr 5, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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Ok, here is the one of my premiere trips in Virginia, McAfee Knob with Dragon's Tooth and Tinker Cliffs thrown in for good measure! We will leave Friday evening, drive to Catawba, VA and walk into the first AT Shelter and the next morning hike up to the most photographed spot on the AT in VA....maybe on the entire AT! The trail description is here:

http://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/McAfeeKnob/

After walking out to Tinker Cliffs on Saturday morning we will enjoy the sunset on Saturday at McAfee Knob.  We will hike up to Dragon's Tooth after hiking out on Sunday morning, trail description here:

http://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/DragonsTooth/

On Sunday we will hike Dragon's Tooth in the late morning without our packs due to the tough rock climbing involved. This section of the AT is considered the toughest to walk on the entire AT and you will find out why, but the views are as nice as McAfee Knob, so this is a "threefer" hike, meaning 3 great places for the price of 1! Sunday early afternoon we will eat at one of my favorite places, so bring an extra $20 for one of the best meals you will find around!  The McAfee Knob hike in and back out is 8.3 miles with 1700' gain in elevation so not too bad. The Dragon's Tooth Hike is 5.7 miles total with 1500' elevation gain and rock scrambling involved, but well worth it if you read the description! Total mileage without Tinker Cliffs is about 20 miles so throw in an extra 10 for Tinker Cliffs if you can make it.  This is a good "Backpacking 101" as long as you can walk 14 + miles in 2 days, but in reality a strenuous trip. This trip has something for everyone so all in all, a great trip and one you will talk about for years (don't believe me, but check out the pictures from our past trips....are those great views or what!!!).

 

4/3/13 - Update!

In the interest of keeping the groups on the trail smaller and with somewhat limited tent spots, we'll be splitting up into two groups taking different routes in. Please take note of which group you're in as well as the directions to the associated trailhead, lead contact info, and itinerary/maps.

 

Group #1 (Jim Newman):
Amanda
Ansu
Anthony
Dane
Erica Thatcher
Frank
Jasper Don
Joey Leoncio
Katrina
Kelly
Kirsten
Marie Martinko
Matt
Nazzarena
Peter Figgis
Rosie
Tammy
Tanya G

Itinerary for Group #1:

Friday:

Meet at Centreville at 7:30 PM unless you are driving down early.

Backpack in to Catawba Mountain Shelter where we will set up camp (yes after midnight, 3 miles and 900' elevation gain on an easy trail).  Low is forecast for 33, so have at least a 15-20 degree bag to keep you warm, including a hat for your head in the sleeping bag.

Saturday:

After breakfast, day hike to McAfee Knob taking in the amazing scenery, then continue to hike out Tinker Cliffs to the end, then back to camp via McAfee Knob (23 miles total).  Kirsten will turn around part way out Tinker Cliffs and go back for a ~13 mile round trip total hike (back to camp) for those so inclined.

Sunday:

After breakfast, backpack to the cars and drive to Dragon's Tooth trail head and (day)hike Dragon's Tooth.  Afterwards we will eat at a local place I dearly love, which is the true reason for all the mileage, lol!  ;-)  Total weekend mileage for my group will be 31 miles, unless you went back to camp with Kirsten, which will make for a 21 mile round trip.

GROUP 1 CARPOOL

Jim

Erica

Tanya G

Patricia- pickup from Vienna Metro North if needed

Jasper Don

???

Kirsten

Kelly

Dane

Joey

Matt

PaulD

Nazzarena

Rosie

???

Katrina

Peter

Group #2 (Steve M):
Craig Ludwig
Ginger Quick
Josh Bailar
Neal
Patricia Zingsheim
PaulD
Ross Cantrell
Steve
Tim D
Trisha +1
Vince


Itinerary for Group #2:

Friday:

Meet at Centreville at 7:30pm
Directions to Andy Layne Trailhead below.
Sleep in a cow pasture (~0.5 miles, 49' gain).

Saturday:

Pack up, hit the trail by 10:00am
Backpack 7.5 miles (2609' gain) along Andy Layne, then south-west along AT to the Campbell Shelter / Pig Farm Campsite.
Set up camp.
Afternoon - TBD.
Sunset on McAfee Knob (optional), 1.46 miles, 7:54pm.

Sunday:

Sunrise on McAfee Knob (optional, but highly recommended), 1.46 miles, 6:59am - wake up, start hiking up to McAfee by 6:15am.
Break camp, head back to cars, 8.1 miles.
Dragon's Tooth - 5.7 miles (~1500').
Post hike meal at a well loved Restaurant.

GROUP 2 CARPOOL

 

 

Points Of Contact:

Jim cell -[masked]

Steve M cell -[masked]


If you have not backpacked with Jim before, you must contact Jim about your experience and conditioning since this is a strenuous trip!

 

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Google driving direction links:

Group #1 (McAfee Trailhead):

http://goo.gl/maps/wQUW3

GPS coordinates:  [masked], [masked]


Group # 2 (Andy Layne Trailhead):

http://goo.gl/maps/bPyDs

GPS coordinates: [masked], [masked]


 

Its important that every one has the printed version of a map

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http://files.meetup.com/317560/Washington%20Backpackers%20Liabilit.pdf

 

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  • Nazzarena

    Awesome trip. Where are your pictures Jim?

    April 9, 2013

    • Jim N.

      In the works Nazzarena. I am only 9 months behind, so will get there eventually. Do you want pictures or a great trip? ;-)

      1 · April 9, 2013

    • Nazzarena

      Great trips of course, but since I had to sit out this weekend I was hoping I would have memory of the last one to warm me up :)

      N

      April 15, 2013

  • Kirsten

    Great Trip. Best weather for hiking and camping. Thanks to a great group allowing for last minute changes with ease. Paul's dinner sample was scrumptious. Thanks to Rosie and Jasper for the campfire fuel that kept us warm. Thanks Jim for organizing and answering our many plus one questions.

    April 8, 2013

  • patricia z.

    This trip was great with my favorite part being the Dragon's Tooth. Wish we had timed it because it was a very fast ascent and descent. Wish it were closer so could do it once a week at that same pace! Thanks to Jim and Steve for leading the groups.

    April 8, 2013

  • Anthony

    Whatever is better than awesome.

    April 8, 2013

  • Tim D

    Couldn't have chosen a better first trip with this group. Many thanks to the leaders/organizers. I'm still full from Homeplace.

    April 8, 2013

  • Kelly

    Loved the area, glad I went. Had great time. The food at the homestead well lets say I ate the dessert but I didn't have two like some people lol

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Amanda

    What a fun trip! I was in group one and Kirsten and Jim were so thoughtful and considerate. They were just wonderful hosts and did so much! It made such a pleasant trip. It is so wonderful to see familiar faces and meet new people. Everyone is just so wonderful. I enjoyed the challenges, quiet moments, views and laughs. Thank you everyone!

    April 8, 2013

  • Dave

    I really enjoyed this. I have been wanting to visit McAfee Knob for a long time. I am glad I took this opportunity to do so. Many thanks to Jim for sponsoring the event. And many thanks to Steve for leading Group 2. He did a great job of coordinating the group, getting everyone going each morning, and maintaining an awareness of how everyone was doing. And kudos to the members of Group 2! Everyone worked together and on Sunday morning got up in the dark, packed up, and made it up to McAfee Knob for sunrise where we met a few hardy souls from Group 1. Dragons Tooth was a lot of fun also and group meal at The Homeplace finished off the day nicely.

    April 8, 2013

    • Dave

      Also, many thanks to Jim for suggesting that we hike down to the Rt 311 parking area from McAfee Knob and shuttle drivers to pick up the Group 2 vehicles.

      April 8, 2013

  • Henok

    Thank you all for making this an awesome experience!

    April 8, 2013

  • Tanya G

    Breathtakingly incredible!

    April 8, 2013

  • Frank

    Great time! What a beautiful weekend! Can't wait for the next trip!

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Group 1: Kirsten will put up yellow streamers at the beginning of the fire road and at the turn from the fire road onto the AT to go down to the campsite. She will also use some of the streamers to designate campsite areas as well.
    She also tells me the weather is awful....just awful....the sky is so blue she can't believe it!

    April 5, 2013

    • PaulD

      Sad sad sky.

      April 5, 2013

  • Marie

    Hi Jim, hoping we'll connect soon! I emailed too...

    Last night I understood you had a spot for me to ride with you, meeting at the P&R at 7:30pm, as none of the rides I offered accepted by ~8pm and at that point I didn't want to drive alone. I reconfirmed by text (did it reach you?) but the Meetup info. still shows I'm driving - ?

    Based on our call, I'm only driving as far as the P&R, and did not drive into DC today... which also means I no longer have time to help with Metro pickups (and if Patricia's in G2, with us in G1 - ?). If I can't get a ride from Centreville at 7:30, I'll step out of this trip as maybe it's not meant to be this time. There's next weekend...

    I'll need to know by 4pm, and anyone who might be expecting a ride from me for whatever reason will need to know, too. Thanks for all you've done to try to help!

    April 5, 2013

    • Marie

      Thanks, Jim! It's not a matter of trust, but not getting paid to spend my work day trying to sort out personal items, either. =] My job/title also has me in the busy boat, which is why I wanted to be set last night. I'm barely convinced that I have time for this trip. =p

      April 5, 2013

    • Jim N.

      I know I am not missing it!

      April 5, 2013

  • Joe L.

    I need a ride. I work in Tyson's Corner so I can meet anywhere along I-66 W. I can leave any time and will chip in for gas.

    April 1, 2013

    • Marie

      Thanks for the update, Joey! Safe travels all!

      April 4, 2013

    • Jim N.

      See you at Centreville Dane, and we will see if we need to take you up on your offer to drive.

      April 5, 2013

  • Henok

    Hi All,
    I'm not sure which group I am in. Jim or one of the other even hosts please let me know.
    Additionally, even though I could drive myself, I don't mind catching a ride from Centreville P&R. Anyone?

    April 5, 2013

    • Jim N.

      We will work it out Enoch, don't worry. Just make it to Centreville and it will all be good.

      1 · April 5, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Group 2: I've got one spot, possibly two, available for anyone looking for a ride from Centreville at 7:30pm. I'll be swinging by the Vienna Metro around 7pm.

    April 5, 2013

    • Steve M.

      Hi Enoch, I'm not sure but will know once we get to Centreville. We'll work it out!

      1 · April 5, 2013

    • Steve M.

      Tim, closer or along the way sounds good. I'll give you a call in a bit.

      April 5, 2013

  • Larke W.

    Got the flu...sad face.

    April 5, 2013

    • PaulD

      Maybe Craig can carry it for you? :-)

      1 · April 5, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Ok. Now, I'm excited about this trip! Let's go!

    2 · April 4, 2013

  • Steve

    I'm in group 2 and will be meeting everyone at the P&R @ 7:30.

    I've got 2 more spots left in my Jeep.

    April 3, 2013

    • Ross C.

      We will take them

      April 4, 2013

    • Neal

      thx

      April 4, 2013

  • Marie

    Coming in late to the carpooling - Larke and Patricia, did you find rides? I'll drive into work in DC on Friday, and can pick you both up at Vienna Metro around 6/6:30. Also, is anyone out there looking for a tent-mate, your tent or mine? I may tarp it otherwise.

    April 1, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Ansu you need to get a ride with someone in your Group (2) as Jasper Don is in Group 1 and will be driving to a different trail head.

      April 4, 2013

    • Ansu

      I made plans to ride over a week ago so I'll just stick ib that group 1

      April 4, 2013

  • matt

    Anyone else left that wants to depart early? Say, 2 PM.

    April 1, 2013

    • matt

      You're out of luck Jim. I'm still in your group. She was talking to Ross. I'll let you carry me to Tinker Cliffs though.

      April 4, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Why not, you're light compared to what I normally carry!

      April 4, 2013

  • Anthony

    I'd gladly help with gas if welcomed as a passenger. My work day ends at 4pm. I'm in Fairfax (right off of RT 50 & Hwy 66), but would meet wherever it's most convenient for you.

    March 26, 2013

    • Anthony

      ...just noticed your responses. No; I haven't secured a ride.

      April 2, 2013

    • Marie

      Hi Anthony... I'm also in group 1. Can you meet at the Centreville P&R around 6:30 pm? If so, and you want to ride with me, please let me know by 8pm tonight.

      April 4, 2013

  • Katrina

    I'm leaving from dunn loring metro around 345 or so. If any remaining need a ride. I'm in jims group.

    April 4, 2013

  • PaulD

    I'm driving down from Frederick Md through leesburg if anyone wants a lift on that route.

    March 25, 2013

    • Ross C.

      Looks like we are good with Steve with a Jeep so if someone else needs the room with you all, by all means...

      April 4, 2013

    • Tim D

      Are you stopping at the P&R? I am in group 2 and would like to carpool from there as I am coming from Baltimore City.

      April 4, 2013

  • KingsleyC

    have fun!

    April 3, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Updated trip info above! Please take a look.

    April 3, 2013

    • Rosie

      Hi Jim, I'm heading down earlier so I'll see you and the rest of the pack at Catawba Mountain Shelter!!

      April 3, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Look forward to seeing you Rosie! You may want to contact Kirsten to coordinate meeting up down there and you can walk in together.

      April 3, 2013

  • Larke W.

    Hey - anyone driving down from DC area on Friday evening?

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Larke W.

      Hi Jim - I will take you up on the ride from Vienna. I can be on a train a little after 6pm, which should put me there about ~630pm

      April 2, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Ok

      April 3, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Weather just keeps getting better! Looks like most of the rain will be gone by 2 PM and only sunshine the rest of the weekend!
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=37.39253429866653&lon=-80.03737449645996

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    I wont be able to make it this weekend. Trying to get my allergies under control for next weekends trip. Enjoy!

    April 3, 2013

    • Katrina

      Unlike :( will miss you michelle but hope you feel better!

      April 3, 2013

    • Michelle A.

      Sorry, I know Ive been back and forth all week and one new meds as of yesterday. I know you will have a blast (again) like we did in OCctober! Maybe a little different type of adventure this time though, if you know what I mean ;)

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • Alex L.

    Unfortunately a family obligation came up on Sunday and I will not be able to make this trip

    April 3, 2013

  • Marie

    I'm looking to carpool, either catching or offering a ride from DC or Centerville... I can leave work (DC, Farragut Square area) around 5 pm...

    April 2, 2013

    • Marie

      Thanks, Kelly. I heard from one person, but we've since been assigned to different groups. I offered rides, but everyone appears covered (a good thing). I'd just rather save gas/parking space/etc. instead of being a single occupancy vehicle for the entire trip. If you don't have a rain fly, I could bring my tent/fly. I'll send you a separate message with some info...

      April 3, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Marie, I may have room and if not we can put Anthony with you.

      April 3, 2013

  • Tanya G

    We're going to Home place!? Best food ever!!!

    April 3, 2013

    • Jim N.

      I do this trip for that reason only Tanya! ;-)

      2 · April 3, 2013

  • earl k

    I do not think I should go on this trip. A rib injury 9 days ago unfortunately will keep me from the fun. Enjoy.

    April 2, 2013

  • Joe

    I've got room for 3 in my SUV if anyone is interested. I plan to leave from the Centreville park and ride @ 4:30 PM.

    March 31, 2013

    • Joe

      Neal, sorry about this, however, given some discussion about my recent knee problems, I'll have to back out of this one...

      April 1, 2013

    • Neal

      Okay, thanks for letting me know.

      April 2, 2013

  • Will W.

    unfortunately I can't make it, something came up at the last minute.

    April 2, 2013

  • Kelly

    Hello, just a reminder, if you have changed you mind abut this trip please change your reservation so others on the waiting list can sign up. Also it is important for us to have an accurate attendance since we are arriving at different times. No one wants to wait for someone that is not coming lol . Thanks

    April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the last minute cancelation but I have a friend traveling in the area whom I haven't seen in years. Have fun!

    April 1, 2013

  • Karen

    Hi guys, I'm so sorry to be a last minute backer outer, but i have to go to florida for family stuff. I'm really going to miss getting to do this trip, but i just can't make it happen. See you soon!

    April 1, 2013

  • Jim N.

    First look at the weather is rain on Friday and sunny on Saturday and partly sunny on Sunday, so great weather! Highs of 60 and lows 37
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=37.39063717422273&lon=-80.04595756530762

    2 · April 1, 2013

  • kelley

    Would love to do this trip but am in need of a weekend off. I look forward to seeing folks on a future trip.

    April 1, 2013

  • Ken H.

    Something has come up and I will not be able to make it

    April 1, 2013

  • Bernard C.

    Sorry I have to pull out, too much work this weekend. You can keep the $2 for the group. Thanks!

    April 1, 2013

  • Hollis

    I think Jasper, Tammy and I are meeting at Centreville park and ride at 1pm. Might be room for one more (right Jasper?). Plan is to grab a fast dinner along the way so we can hike in and set up before dark.

    March 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will be at the C-ville P&R at 1:00.

      March 27, 2013

    • Ansu

      Thanks Jasper. And yes.

      March 31, 2013

  • patricia z.

    Looking for a ride from Vienna North to Centreville ..... as always happy to share costs of driving.

    March 31, 2013

  • Tanya G

    May I catch a ride with someone from the Centreville Park & Ride Lot? The earliest I could be there would be around 6:30/7:00 PM. Will pitch in for gas.

    March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Jim! Might you, perchance have room for one more? If so, what time do you anticipate leaving?
      Thanks!

      March 28, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Yep last spot for you

      March 31, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    I am still figuring out my plans but if all goes well I will have Friday off work and be able to horse ride that morning. From there I will travel 2 hrs to the site so I will be to camp 2 or 3pm on Friday.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hello all!

    i'm looking to join in a carpool, leaving DC after work on Friday evening. i'm in NW but would be happy to meet folks at a metro station or potentially a park and ride.

    and, of course, i'll gladly pitch in for gas.

    March 30, 2013

  • Shelley

    I have to work that weekend so I am freeing up my slot for someone on the waitlist to attend in my place.

    March 29, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Just wanted to share with everyone what can happen out there if you get lost, wet, or both:
    http://www.weather.com/news/illinois-dad-sons-freeze-20130115
    Not meant to scare anyone, but always have a map in a zip lock (and a good guide, ;-)), good rain gear and extra layer at least. Going outside can be dangerous if things go wrong and you are unprepared. I try to prepare for the worst, not the best that can happen and you should too.

    2 · March 27, 2013

  • Ansu

    Hi guys, anyone interested in leaving Washington in the early afternoon (1:30 or 2:00 p.m.) on Friday April 5, and grabbing dinner in downtown Roanoke VA ahead of this backpacking trip? Car pooling preferred, Arlington, VA location.

    March 12, 2013

    • Steve

      Definitely!

      March 28, 2013

    • Neal

      I appreciate it!

      March 28, 2013

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