Fort Windham Gap, Shenandoah National Park

  • December 8, 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 Click. Print.  Bring.while hiking.

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.

 

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 HIKING TRAIL: I’ve often hiked Dickey Ridge from outside the park past the Visitor's Center, but I’ve never made 10+ miles to the end. This hike will start at the other end so I can see what I’ve been missing. Just in case you’re not excited about what I've been missing, I’ll throw in a side trip to Fort Windham Rocks which geologist say are[masked] million years old.

                      

DRIVING INFORMATION: ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY to form carpools as we leave promptly. Click on the location above, insert  your address and get directions to Centreville Park & Ride where we will form carpools.  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.  Use www.wmata.com.  You must arrive at Vienna Metro by 8am.

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:  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

Call or email questions (before 9pm)

Jayne Hiking Addict

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  • Evvie H.

    Thanks to all! How do I upload my pictures?

    December 9, 2012

    • Jayne Hiking A.

      call me when you're at your computer today and I'll walk you through it. Evvie. Sign in to see my phone # at the bottom of the meet up

      December 9, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Thank you for your generous $30 donation to www.PATC.net (order #1741). Can't wait to see the bear and hang gliding pictures. Nice to learn what's on the other end of Dickey Ridge. Hope everyone enjoyed the adventure.

    December 8, 2012

    • eswary t.

      I enjoyed it very much! Thanks Jayne!

      December 8, 2012

  • eswary t.

    Good hike. Hope to do it again in summer or fall!

    December 8, 2012

  • Sheila

    Wonderful as always. Thanks Jayne.

    December 8, 2012

    • Jay L.

      I had a great time too!

      December 8, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Assuming the gods are with us; no driving, hiking problems, etc.
    8:30 - 10:00 Drive to Trailhead (quick bathroom break included)
    10:00 - 2:30 Hike, take pictures, eat lunch on trail
    2:30 - 3:45 Return to Centreville Park & Ride

    December 5, 2012

    • Jayne Hiking A.

      Evvie. Why don't u call me before 9pm and I'm happy to answer all ur questions. My # is at the bottom of the event write up

      December 7, 2012

    • Evvie H.

      sorry to bug you. I think I have it squared away. See you in the morning!

      December 7, 2012

  • Evvie H.

    Food and water question. I don't want to be loaded down with water bottles and I don't have a Camelback. Any other options? Any recommended lunches?

    December 7, 2012

    • Evvie H.

      thanks! Fanny pack, no backpack?

      December 7, 2012

    • Jayne Hiking A.

      use what works best for you

      December 7, 2012

  • eswary t.

    Hi! This will be my first hike with the group. I would need to carpool this time.... looking forward to the hike!

    December 4, 2012

    • eswary t.

      Hi Sheila. Thanks for the offer. I can catch the metro to White Flint from Shady Grove. What time shall i meet you at White Flint?

      December 6, 2012

    • Sheila

      Let's make it 7:30. I'll be just by the metro exit on Marinelli Road. Can you e-mail me your phone # please. See you Saturday.

      December 6, 2012

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