I have led roughly 150 hikes with various groups. My leadership style is different from most hike leaders.
HIKING EXPECTATIONS: There are normally a mix of those who have hiked with me b4 and those who have not. Hikers may initially know no one but that changes quickly and we ALWAYS have a great time.
If there are problems along the trail, we ask all hikers to help each other. Otherwise hike at a pace which works for you; break when you want. We will spend time understanding the trail, the blazes we'll follow, and where to look for arrows the fastest hiker puts along the way. The slowest hiker picks them up on the way back.
HIKING TRAIL: Views from Mary's Rock are unsurpassed anywhere in Shenandoah National Park. Mary's highest point is reached by climbing to the top of the huge rock outcrop. This rock is grandodiorite and geologists have determined its age to be over 1 bill ion years!
We will hike 4 hours plus a stop at Mary's Rock for lunch. We will start from Panorama's upper parking area and follow the white blazed Appalachian Trail south. At 1.9 miles (about 1,200' elevation gain at that point) there will be a green arrow to show you a left turn to continue along the AT. Going straight will get you to Mary's Rock but that view is for later. We will determine how long we will hike the AT before returning for lunch at Mary's Rock. If you are a faster hiker and familiar with the trail I will show you what to do next. It is normally windy where we will lunch. Lunch will be your opportunity not only to eat but take some spectacular fall pictures.
DRIVING INFORMATION: Arrive 15 minutes early to form carpools as we leave Centreville Park & Ride (map above) promptly. When you RSVP indicate whether you need a ride or can offer rides. The more specific information you include the more likely to get a ride. If you take public transportation, use www.wmata.com to more accurately pinpoint time you'll pick up/catch a ride with another hiker. Give your driver $7 for gas; more if you are also getting a ride to Centreville.
DONATION: Please take into account $5 FOR CHARITY when deciding about this hike. Donations are given to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club www.PATC.net which maintains our hiking trails. PATC is a non-profit, tax exempt public charity as described in section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
SAFETY: When hiking, I carry my phone, driver’s license, medical insurance card, credit card, cash, headlamp & whistle.
YOUR PICTURE: Smile, click. I require a picture of each hiker for emergencies so don't be surprised when I take your picture
HIKING SHOES OR BOOTS are important.
HIKING POLES are helpful. My favorite are Black Diamond.
WATER: ALWAYS bring more than you think you need.
FOOD: It's important to have healthy snacks to munch as you hike. Also bring your lunch so you may stop along the way, eat it and perhaps enjoy a spectacular view.
CAMERA: But of course!!
HUMOR: An absolute must.
PETS: Not allowed on this hike
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Let me take out my magic wand and guess the timing of the day's event
8:30 - 9:30 Drive Centreville Parking Lot to trailhead & restroom
9:45 - 1:00 ish Hike and enjoy views
1:00ish - 2:00ish Drive trailhead to Centreville Parking Lot