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17 miles w 4800 gain to Hawksbill Mountain/Franklin Cliffs passing Cedar Run/WOC

This hike not only gives us 8.5 hours' butt-kicking workout, it also offers spectacular views of Vista after Vista and Falls after Falls. The views from Franklin Cliffs look out on the Massanutten range to the west. There is a spectacular 270 degree panorama from the Hawksbill Summit (with 4050 elevation) with a view of Old Rag. The Cedar Run and White Oak Canyon trail give us many great falls view, swimming holes and the water slide. 

Mileage: 17 miles

Elevation gain: 4,800

Average moving speed: 2- 3.0mile/hr

Difficulty level: 5 out of 6

Bailout Points: 7.9 miles and 11 miles.

Trail head lower parking lot:

[masked], [masked] at White Oak Trail parking area on Weakley Hollow Rd.

Google direction from Vienna metro to Trail head:

Trail highlight: Very steep climbing on Cedar Run trail and steep down hill on WOC (White Oak Canyon) Trail.

Carpool fee: $7/person to show our appreciation to our drivers and share their gas cost as well. Thanks.

SNP Park Entry fee : $15/day per vehicle and up to 5 occupants; or annual pass $30/year. Mu and I have annual park pass. We will try to cover all the cars we drive to the park.

Related trail maps: (I will email all the attendees the detailed hiking route 2 days in advance)

1.Hawksbill Mountain and Franklin Cliffs section:

2. White Oak Canyon / Cedar Run section:

Hike: Starts at 8am.

Car pooling: 6:30am at Vienna Metro station NORTH gate entry parking lot, NOT the Kiss and Ride area. (Weekend is free)

Google nearby address: Cross street from: 9490 Virginia Center Blvd, Vienna, Fairfax, VA

"Liability Wavier":

Please make yourself aware of the Washington Backpackers group's "Liability Wavier" posted on this meet-up-site. You are responsible for you own safety.

If you can offer a ride or you need a ride, please write your comments here. We will try to get everyone covered before we head to the Vienna Metro station. So can we leave on time.

I will send out the detailed hiking route and my contact cell phone information to the attendees 2 days in advance.

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  • Marie

    Thanks to Jin and her support team for the hike, and to Rob for his patience with my grumpy knee. This is one of my favorite areas and it was nice to share it with new trail mates!

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Melissha

    This was my first meet up with the group and first time doing a long distance in SNP. I appreciated Jin's motivation and the scenery was beautiful. Nice trail for swimming. Glad to have met some new people while working out.

    July 18, 2014

  • Marie

    A neighbor and I just missed the RSVP cutoff. We're driving straight to the trailhead. Perhaps we'll see you there? Either way, enjoy the hike!

    July 11, 2014

  • andrew

    I'm driving from East of DC to Vienna metro for car-pooling. I can pick up folks from either the north side of the beltway or by passing through DC if someone needs a ride.

    July 6, 2014

    • Fran

      CVS Pharmacy, 5910 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770

      July 11, 2014

    • Fran

      I also can go to a place which is more convenient for you to pick me up. What time? How much to pay you for the ride? Really appreciate your help!

      July 11, 2014

  • Melissha

    This will be my first time going on a hike with the group. Since it said we are paying 7 dollars towards gas for carpooling, I wanted to confirm that there is transportation from the park and ride to SNP.

    July 10, 2014

  • Maris F.

    Would someone be able to give me a ride to the Vienna metro station from DC? I live in the Shaw neighborhood. Andrew, it looks like you're the only one who volunteered to give rides, but it's probably a bit out of the way if there's anyone closer.

    July 10, 2014

  • Malcolm C.

    Did it Saturday as a "training" hike, 8 /12 hours exactly, including 2 swims in White Oak Creek, lotsa water, was really spectacular, may decide to do it again with the group.

    July 7, 2014

  • Maris F.

    I'll be needing a ride from DC. I live in the Shaw neighborhood. Jin, I think at some point you said you could give me a ride, but I just wanted to double check.

    July 7, 2014

    • Maris F.

      Thanks! I'll be there.

      July 7, 2014

  • Rachel

    Wish I was in town..this sounds like a great circuit! ; (

    July 6, 2014

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