BIG Devil Stairs, Shenandoah National Park

  • November 11, 2012 · 8:30 AM
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Join me for an out and back 4.5 hour hike. This is a hike for any skill level if you’re willing to hike 4.5 hours - lunch on the trail.

I have led roughly 150 hikes with various groups. My leadership style is different from most hike leaders.  Details are below.

HIKING REQUIREMENT: For your safety each hiker must have this map while hiking. Click here, Print. Bring.

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.

Most hike 6-10 miles; faster hikers may cover 12-14 miles.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:  The Big Devils Stairs hike is one of the more overlooked scenic gorge hikes in the Shenandoah National Park. With two nice overlooks of the gorge and valley below, out and back hike is a nice alternative to the more crowded hikes in the northern section of the SNP.

DRIVING INFORMATION: ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY to form carpools as we leave promptly. If you are willing to drive to the trailhead, please have enough gas.  Plan to give your driver $7 for gas.   If you need or can offer a ride to our carpool location be specific in posts below.  Metro opens at 7am; use www.wmata.com  to assure you arrive on time.

RSVP ETIQUETTE: Change your yes or waitlisted RSVP to no before Wednesday if your plans change. It's unfortunate but if you are a No Show or continually change your RSVP after Wednesday before a hike, you may not be welcome on my future hikes.  Managing how many hikers show up is a frustrating challenge. I absolutely understand that life sometimes gets in the way but please be respectful of both waitlisted hikers and my time and energy planning your successful adventure.

DONATION and FEE:  Please take into account $1 to help defray Meet Up costs and $4 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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  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Thank you for your generous donation of $88 (Order 1632) to www.PATC.net and $22 to help defray meet up costs. I usually like 12-15 hikers when I lead but you all were an exception. Thanks so much for helping to make this hike a great success for everyone, me included.

    November 11, 2012

  • Noelle

    Hi - I will meet the group at the trailhead.

    November 11, 2012

  • Nik

    Anyone have room left in their carpool? Preferably leaving from DC.

    November 5, 2012

    • Rebecca S.

      I am leaving from Silver Spring and have room in my car if you can take the metro out here. Let me know if you still need a ride.

      November 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone, I wanted to check how we are doing on carpools. Is anyone still in need of a ride or does everyone have a way out there? Let me know!

    November 10, 2012

  • Cat E.

    I will be driving from DC (Eckington) most likely in the 40 year old land cruiser you see as my profile picture. I can take passengers but this is not your modern SUV. It was designed by Toyota to compete with Jeep as a US vehicle in the Korean war. It has no radio, has lap belts, and is generally brutish. If you are desperate or like this kind of thing let me know.

    November 9, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    As a leader it's frustrating to have hikers cancel after Wednesday or not show up, especially when others are on the waiting list. If you need to change your RSVP, I need to better understand what happened before I'm willing to have you sign up for another of my hikes. Thanks for understanding.

    November 9, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Sunday weather looks fabulous. Wear layers. Bring map (link above). Metro track work this weekend; their website has details.

    November 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could someone pick me up at Vienna metro or another metro on their way to Centreville? I live in DC by the Shaw metro. Thanks!

    November 5, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    In observance of Veteran's Day, NO fee is charged to enter Shenandoah National Park Sunday.

    November 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can drive anyone from the DC area to the carpool. I live near the Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St. or Shaw metro stations

    November 3, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi all, I only have room for three comfortably. So as long as Scott, Madeline and Jasmine are still going, I am full. Sorry! See you there!

      November 4, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rachelle,if you might drive would you please let me know.thanks.

      November 5, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Return is estimated at 4 not 3:30
    ESTIMATES assuming no driving &/or hiking problems.
    8:30 - 10:00 Drive to Trailhead (quick bathroom break included)
    10:00 - 2:30 Hike & eat lunch on trail
    2:30 - 4:00Return to Centreville Park & Ride

    November 3, 2012

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