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(Rescheduled from January 11 because of rain.) This semi-circuit hike in Shenandoah National Park is one heck of a hike to whisk away some of those winter blues. We’ll begin at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Sperryville, VA. Our hike will consist of a character-building climb from “deeper than a holler” and culminate with the splendidly sweeping mountaintop views at Marys Rock. You’ll feel like king/queen of the mountain, only to be made humble again by the massive boulders in the stunning rocky gorge we'll traverse on the way back. Along the way, we’ll hop across the vibrant stream that traverses the gorge, climb quite a few log stairs, catch a glimpse of Skyline Drive’s only tunnel, and pass long-forgotten cabin ruins. This strenuous 10.8-mile hike features 2500 feet in elevation gain, with no bugs or humidity to slow us down. Be sure to bring sturdy boots, lots of snacks and water, and about $13 in fees for this epic journey. Meet at 8:15 am (note the early time) at the East Falls Church Metro Station Kiss & Ride lot; we’ll plan to depart as a soon as everyone arrives at the meeting place to make the most out of the scarce daylight. Because of the uncertainly of winter weather in Shenandoah, please make sure you monitor the the weather reports and the Adventuring Meetup site for the most current information for this hike. You may wish to bring a few extra dollars for an optional post-hike dinner in Warrenton, VA.