What we're about


We love the Great Outdoors and explore it through many different hikes, backpacking tours and skiing events.

Join us on the trails in the mountains, the forests and the woods. Breathe deeply of the fresh air and feel nature's healing powers. With easy banter, camaraderie, some socializing over food and drink all in our world will be ok.

We value fellowship and camaraderie, practice good hiking etiquette by taking breaks as necessary and have one guide in front with a "sweeper" in the back in order to leave no hiker alone. We are very supportive of each other, focus on trail safety and practice Leave No Trace ethics.

DISCLAIMER/Liability Waiver: The Blue Mountain Hiking Club (BMHC) and its Leaders and Organizers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm, bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending” you are confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and you will not hold any hike leader/organizer, participant, BMHC member, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. You are fully responsible for yourself and any person under the age of eighteen you bring with you on any hike or event.

Upcoming events (4)

Strenuous: Catlett Mountain loop via Hanna Run

Old Rag Parking Lot

It's back! Lower water levels will allow us to finally schedule this hike. Solitude, we will leave the crowds at the parking lot and enjoy the trails less traveled. https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/CatlettMountain/ 11 miles, 2000 feet elevation gain, a couple of stream crossings. What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, hiking sticks, boots, and layered clothing. Rehydration at the Headmaster's Pub in Sperryville.

Ski downhill at Canaan Valley resort

Sears parking lot

In the blink of an eye, this winter has gone from blah to potentially the best skiing season in years. Let's strike while the iron is cold. Join us for an overnighter at the Canaan downhill ski resort. If you are interested, do not book your room until a few days before launch. Experience has shown us the Canaan Lodge has ample capacity to bed us with just a couple days notice. [masked]. Ask for the savvy senior rate if nature has so endowed you. And, consider bunking with a buddy to half the cost.

PATC Shairer Cabin trip


Join us for a camaraderie-filled weekend at a snug stone cabin. This semi-primitive trail center is located just off of the South District of SNP. The cabin offers views of Rocky Mount and the Massanutten Mountains to the west and Bush Mountain to the east. Schairer provides a gas stove, and a outdoor water spigot in cold weather. The large kitchen and living area provides ample seating and a large wood stove. Two bedrooms include 9 bunks with 3 extra mattresses to sleep 12. Access the center by a 0.4 mile hike-in from parking on Skyline Drive. We will party both nights and hike the AT on Saturday. Trip leader will provide both group dinners with costs of cabin and food shared. Breakfast & lunch provided by attendees. In the event of an SNP snow/ice closure, this trip will flip to a two mile backpack in. However, anyone signing on as a simple walk-in can cancel if the heartier version of the trip prevails.

Banff Film Festival

The Paramount Theater

Join us at the touring Banff Film Festival at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. Proceeds from the event support the SNP Trust (which helps fund SNP). The festival showcases a series of short, adventure films probably including climbing, skiing and mountain biking. We attended the event last year. It will be a complete sellout so we advise you to commit and purchase your own tickets soon. See https://snptrust.org/2019banff/ for details. Premium tickets are available now, general tickets go on sale later. Doors open at 6pm and the films begin at 7pm. Expect gear exhibits and door prizes. We will organize carpooling closer to the event. There are multiple places on the pedestian mall to get a beer and a meal afterwards

Past events (61)

Ski Day at Canaan Valley, WV

Foster's Grille

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