Hike - Snickers Gap to Keys Gap, WV

  • October 21, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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Snickers Gap to Keys Gap, VA
Scenic Hike Near Harper’s Ferry, WV Sunday October 21

Near Harpers Ferry WV on the border of West Virginia and Virginia, this 13.4-mile trip along the Appalachian Trail to Raven Rocks promising breathtaking views of Shenandoah Valley. The hike has a 3173 ft gain and a 3269 ft loss, and is of moderate difficulty.  The hike should take 6 to 6.5 hours.

What to Bring:
Plenty of water, snacks, and a lunch
Good hiking shoes
Camera (should be a lot of great views)

Meet:

Time 9:00
Where: Dunn-Loring (Orange) metro parking lot.

Departure:

Time: 9:15 sharp.
If you can't make it at the meeting place, go ahead and meet us at the entrance of the trail no later than 10:15. (Parking: There's small lot nearby on Pine Grove road. See details at http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/48307). But it would be preferable if we go as a group so no one gets lost.

In your RSVP please indicate if you need a ride. Also, if you are coming by car to Dunn-Loring, please indicate how many people you can take. We should have enough room for everyone.


From what I can tell there is no park entrance fee.

We should start by 11 and return to the parking lot not much later than 5 pm. For those interested in a quick meal before heading back, we can head over to Magnolia’s at Purcellville or Blue Ridge Grill in Leesburg.

Note: the Army 10-miler will take place Sunday morning. So, please make allowances!

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  • Clark

    Fantastic fall colors, challenging hike on AT from Snickers Gap VA to Keys Gap WVA. Perfect weather and good fun had by all !

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some great fall scenery, a great workout, and great company.

    October 22, 2012

  • Brian

    The hike was a good workout especially the first 3.5 miles. We also had a great group of hikers who were able to overcame a late start to get through the trail before dusk.

    October 22, 2012

  • Bill

    No one ever responded about giving me a ride...guess I won't be coming then.

    October 20, 2012

    • Francois

      Yes, we can give you a ride. I and another person, Viola, will be there with our cars. Between us, we have space for six people. So, you're okay.

      October 20, 2012

    • Bill

      sorry. just saw your message. I assumed I wasn't going to have a ride and hadn't plan on coming.

      October 21, 2012

  • Clark

    Is there anything I can do to assist?

    October 20, 2012

    • Francois

      Yes, if you could arrive around 10am at Snickers to greet people as they arrive and keep everyone together. I expect to arrive soon after. Thanks!

      October 20, 2012

  • Elizabeth

    Hey all,

    I'm in the same situation as Trisha, I will need a ride. I will be at Dunn Loring by 9 am on Sunday. I have not been to this metro, so I won't know where to meet.

    Thanks and looking forward to the hike!

    -Elizabeth

    1 · October 16, 2012

    • Francois

      I've got one more. I hope there will be other cars. As to meeting at parking lot, I'll hang out at the entrance.

      October 16, 2012

    • Elizabeth

      thanks I'll see you Sunday

      October 19, 2012

  • Clark

    BTW - There is no park entrance fee. However, if the weather is really nice this parking area can get crowded. It is small. The one across hwy7 and 601 always has room and it is easy to pick up the AT and follow across the Hwy. If anyone needs assistance please let me know.

    Also - FYI - there are some great places to eat in the Roundhill/Purcellville area if anyone is interested I can make a list.

    October 17, 2012

    • Francois

      Yes, we'll hike to Keys Gap, where Rt. 9 intersects the AT. And yes, I plan to do a shuttle. We'll leave a few cars at the Keys Gap parking lot to take us all back to Pine Grove parking area at Snickers Gap.

      October 18, 2012

    • Francois

      I will email everyone my cell phone # Saturday evening.

      October 18, 2012

  • Clark

    Location of Pine Grove parking at the AT parking -- north side of Hwy 7 just past Bluemont.
    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=35440803&biw=1024&bih=600&wrapid=tlif135051575707210&q=Pine+Grove+Rd+virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x89b60947ae73c593:0xa23b2ff636ecf9f5,Pine+Grove+Rd,+Millwood,+VA+20135&gl=us&sa=X&ei=Mjx_UPzkEbPE0AH8rYDQBQ&ved=0CB0Q8gEwAA

    If you look on satellite view in google maps of the area you can see a tiny parking area on the AT at Pine Grove road. I assume this is where we will all start the hike. The other parking area is very visible from this satellite view... to the right on the image (south/east)... that's the one just off Hwy7 and 601

    October 17, 2012

    • Sathya

      This is helpful, thanks

      October 18, 2012

  • Sathya

    I'm confused with the map here. can someone confirm the nearest location to the starting point is 1162 Pine Grove Road
    Bluemont, VA 20135 ?

    Thanks

    October 17, 2012

    • Clark

      I will double check the exact location by going there tomorrow afternoon. I will then report back. But I'm 99% sure it is just off Hwy 7 just as you pass over the Mountain. There is a very small parking lot there and a much larger one on across the Hwy to the south/east.

      October 17, 2012

    • Francois

      Just follow Rt. 7 west and keep an eye out for Pine Road exit on the right side. You can see it on the map on the link in the description above. Change to the satellite image.

      October 17, 2012

  • Rosie

    I live close to Pine Grove and would like to meet everybody there. It looks like I should be at the trail head parking lot by 10:15.

    October 16, 2012

    • Clark

      I live in Roundhill area and will be at Pine Grove / AT parking same time.

      October 17, 2012

  • Sathya

    greetings. I'll be driving from Ashburn, VA and can pick up anyone who would be joining from NoVA. I should be at the parking lot(pine grove rd & rte 7) by 10:30am.
    let me know if you need a ride.

    October 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! I'm hoping to catch a ride with someone. I'll be at the Dunn Loring metro by 9am on Sunday. Looking forward to meeting you all.

    October 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Francois! See you on Sunday!

      October 17, 2012

    • Ash

      Thanks Francois

      October 17, 2012

  • Clark

    Would like to meet group at Pine grove parking area at AT trail head ..I live close to AT

    October 11, 2012

    • Francois

      Yes, meet us there around 10:15.

      October 11, 2012

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