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GWNF: Three Ridges - A Very Strenuous 14.4 Mile Hike in Glenwood-Pedlar District

  • Reed Gap

    Blue Ridge Parkway near Lyndhurst, VA, Lyndhurst, VA (map)

    38.029305 -78.945023

  • There's a parking area at Reeds Gap. You do know how to find Reeds Gap... google "Reeds Gap, Blue Ridge Parkway" then try that door to door address thingy...
  • I have rescheduled this twice, my apologies.   But nothing shall interfere with the H street festival and my quest for the perfect glass of hard cider.

     

     

    GWNF: Three Ridges - A Very Strenuous 14.4 Mile Hike!

     

    Hikers who love steep climbs and stunning views live for these moments: standing astride a boulder outcrop, mountain scenery stretching to the horizon, and far below, tucked in a valley, the orchard . . .

    The term wilderness conjures visions of craggy peaks and untamed woodland far from the beaten track. Virginia’s newest designated wilderness area, Three Ridges and the Priest region, isn’t quite that. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Appalachian Trail bisects both peaks. The link between them, the Mau-Har Trail, follows Campbell Creek past a 40-foot waterfall and numerous smaller cascades. The treacherous terrain, soaring views, and sheer elevation gain makes this one of the most difficult and dramatic hikes in Virginia. " Hiking Virginia

    Three Ridges Wilderness is located east of the Blue Ridge Parkway and north of the Tye River. Elevations range from 1000 feet at the Tye River to 4000 feet at Three Ridges. This area is generally very steep and rugged, consisting of undulating ridges with deep V-shaped hollows. Large rock outcrops are common, and there is spectacular scenery.

    There are a total of 11 miles of trail within the wilderness. Also, eight miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T., FT #1) run through this very rugged terrain. Our hike is a combination of trails and will cover the most rugged areas for a most strenuous hike. Several old home sites in the Three Ridges Wilderness are gradually being reclaimed by nature.

    Three Ridges Wilderness is located in Nelson County in west central Virginia. It is managed by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger Districts of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests.

    Very Strenuous Hike Pre-Approval Required:

    Note that while this is a spectacular hike, it is very strenuous. This hike is much more challenging that Old Rag which many consider a strenuous hike. If have not earned the pre-approval "title" for our very strenuous hikes, you must contact the hike leader before signing up for this hike so you can make an informed decision together regarding this hike. It is dangerous to hike beyond your physical limitations. About 48 hours before the hike, I will check to see if anyone has signed up for this hike without contacting the leader and remove them for safety purposes. Thank you for your understanding and let's have a great time out there.

    Hike Pace



    This hike will be led at a moderate pace of about 2.5mph and the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. (most common pace).

    Trail Information



    Nearby City: Lovingston



    Length: 14.4 total miles

    Terrain: Dirt footpaths and old dirt forest roads run through steep mountain ridges, high-elevation rock outcrops, stream gorges, and sloping hardwood forests.

    Elevation Gain: 5,053 Feet



    Trail Type: Loop



    Skill Level: Very Strenuous



    Duration: About 10 hours but depends on hike pace



    Season: Year-round



    Trailhead Elev: 1,000 feet



    Top Elev: 4,000 feet

    Local Contacts: Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

    Local Maps: USGS Massies Mill, Horseshoe Mountain, Sherando, Big Levels



    Topo Map: PATC Map 12 and Three Ridges Topographic Map

    Guide Book: Hiking Virginia (Burnham) Guide Book

    Weather Information



    We hike rain or shine!

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  • Jennifer

    Ps - Fred, you seem to have a bad attitude about being a group leader so maybe you shouldn't be one.

    2 · September 19, 2013

    • Lin

      Hi Jennifer do you mind contacting me about what happened? I got couple of complaints and want to find out more facts. Thank you!

      September 29, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Sure.

      October 2, 2013

  • Megan H

    Would I be able to get a carpool ride with someone from DC? Happy to bike to meet you anywhere and will pitch in for gas. Thanks!

    September 16, 2013

    • Ignacio R.

      Hi Megan. May I join you tomorrow? I could also meet you in Adams Morgan. My email is [masked] Thank you!

      September 20, 2013

    • Ignacio R.

      My apologies - Jennifer just realized that it is you who was proposing the hike tomorrow. Please let me know if I may join you. Thank you

      September 20, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hi. Did this hike last week when it was originally scheduled. It's great - took about 5 hours total - around 4k feet of climbing. Wouldn't say it will knock you in your ass, but a good challenge. Easily a day hike so if you don't want to wait a second or third time for the meetup group, head out on your own. About 3 hours from Washington.

    September 19, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Fred, There are legitimate reasons to cancel hikes, but yours (nothing shall . . . stop my quest for the perfect glass of hard cider) doesn't come close to cutting it. It's frankly obnoxious given that I, and presumably others, actually made weekend PLANS (and in my case, childcare arrangements) based on the understanding that we were hiking this weekend. I am afraid this is the last time I am hiking with Metropolitan Meetup.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Bill P.

    OK, something is NOT RIGHT. I have on my cellphone a posting from 11 o'clock on Friday September 13, that clearly lists the date of this hike a SEPTEMBER 14. When was this changed, and why weren't we notified?

    September 14, 2013

    • Matt

      Yep, we definitely did the right day. Classy.

      September 14, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Yikes, we did the WRONG DAY, Matt. Nice hike, anyway.

    September 14, 2013

  • Matt

    Bill and I got to Reeds Gap, nobody else had shown up by 8:20, so we did it ourselves and had a great time.

    September 14, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Is anyone driving from Montgomery Co or DC? It is a long drive and I can help with the gas.

    September 13, 2013

    • Matt

      Bill, where do you live?

      September 13, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Silver Spring. I can take the S2 into DC which runs all night.

      September 13, 2013

  • Matt

    I am driving from Crystal City if anyone needs a ride.

    September 13, 2013

  • Devon Alexander S.

    Good Morning can someone please provide our exact meeting location? I looked at the map and for some reason I am not getting the exact meeting point. Thanks in advance and I can't wait to get back into the very strenuous ring!

    September 9, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Devon, Let me know if you are leaving from DuPont Circle and if I can ride with you. Call me[masked]

      September 13, 2013

  • Matt

    I'll plan on being at Centerville at 5:30. Who else will be there?

    September 12, 2013

  • upasana

    I want to join too. However, I don't know how to get myself pre-approved? Also, I live in Bethesda and do not own a car, so can anyone give me to and fro ride? Any metro station (red line will be good)

    September 5, 2013

    • Matt

      Just keep in mind that Metro doesn't start running until 7 AM on weekends!

      September 10, 2013

    • upasana

      You are right! So, I am now thinking whether I should cancel

      September 10, 2013

  • Matt

    Is anyone interested in camping there? There are a number of good spots.

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Matt

      I'll bump this one more time to see if anyone wants to camp after the hike. I've been to Three Ridges before and there's a shelter about a mile in, so you wouldn't have to carry gear very far. Six hours of driving for a day hike is a lot!

      September 10, 2013

  • Matt

    Carpooling from Centerville would definitely be good. I'm coming from Crystal City so it's on my way. Are other people able to meet at Centerville or going directly there?

    September 7, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Hello, I would love to join this hike! I have wanted to do it for a while. My question is, will there be a meeting place, such as the Centreville parking lot, before we all head to the trail?

    September 7, 2013

  • Bill P.

    This hike, along with the Conestoga Trail in Lancaster County PA, are my two favorite regional hikes.

    September 2, 2013

  • Bradley C.

    Hey Fred I wanted to hike with you guys on the 15th but Haven't been preapproved. What are the steps to do so?

    September 1, 2013

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