Dave's beautiful and classic training hike for our Extreme Hike Series....so let's have some fun (2 water crossings, so bring water shoes and towel, along with lots of waterfalls!) while we are getting ourselves ready for the Presi and Half Presi Traverse, Devil's Path, and Great Range Traverse Extreme hikes this year! This is the next in our series of training hikes before these events with both Full and Half Presi Hikes. Pace will be such we finish in a reasonable and safe time, but we will not be sparing the horses either! This hike will cover Shenandoah National Park from top to bottom and back on BOTH east and west sides for Full Presi Training and the west side for Half Presi Training. One of the nice features of this setting is you get to see and feel the incredible diversity of Blue Ridge Hollows and why the old timers revered them so much! The Full Presi hike will be covering Austin and Furnace Mountain Trails on the West and Jones and Doyle's River Trails on the East, while the Half Presi hike will cover Austin and Furnace Mountain trails on the west side with a nice stop at Black Rocks.
Detailed route map with description and elevation profile (click here)
Half Presi Map from Hiking Upward web site: Start at same Parking lot and time as Full Presi. We will go up Austin Mtn and down Furnace Mtn.
Be sure to print a copy of the route map found at the above link and bring it with you to the hike!
Water. Bring 2-3 liters of water. This should get you through the first half of the hike. We will refill at the mid-point waterfall. Please indicate if you are bringing a water filter so that we will know that we are covered in that respect.
Food. Think about the "normal" day hikes you have done in the past (10-12 miles) and how much trail food you brought for them and double that.
Clothing. An extra pair of socks is always recommended. Check the weather report prior to the hike and come prepared. If there is even a remote chance of rain, be sure to bring a rain shell.
Other Gear. Headlamp with extra batteries (probably not needed but you should always carry one). Sunscreen and sunglasses. Whistle. Compass. Map. When in doubt, consult one of the readily available "ten essentials" lists.
REI's Ten Essentials List (click here)
Transportation. We will meet at the McDonalds at Warrenton, VA at 5:45 am, coordinate car pools, and depart for the trailhead at 6:00 am SHARP. For those that it is more convenient to do so, you can meet at the trailhead [masked],[masked]). Be sure to arrive at the trailhead early enough so that you are ready to start the hike at 8:00 am SHARP. I am travelling from Fredericksburg and plan to do this.
After-hike Meal. Those that have the time to do so will stop in Harrisonburg after the hike for a group dinner. Location to be posted ... stay tuned.
Some of us will be at a Cabin on Saturday night after our Frozen Waterfall hike, so will meet the group at the trail head. There is a camping option with us on Saturday night so if interested contact Jim.
Full Presi Hike
2. Jim N.
5. Steve M
6. Becky R.
Half Presi Hike