• Hazel River + Cave Falls Swimming Hole (Moderately strenuous)

    Clevengers Corner Park & Ride

    The Dawg Swimming Days are continuing with a return to an old favorite! An out and back hike, with lunch break and swimming at Cave Falls See maps in pictures for more details... 6.5 to 7.5 miles (out and back hike) 1500 feet elevation gain Moderate Pace: 2.0 mph Multiple crossings of Hazel River. Be prepared with river shoes. Gentle reminder, Summer heat and humidity can turn a walk in the park into heat exhaustion or worse. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/heat-exhaustion#1 It is always best to premix electrolytes in your water and drink regularly to stay hydrated during our adventures in the woods, especially in the summertime. Also, all hikers are asked to have a contact card in their packs at all times. Include emergency contacts with email/telephone numbers, medications and pre-existing conditions. Your preparation will allow others to assist you in your time of need. Be safe and be well! What to bring: 3 to 4 liters of water with electrolytes, snack, deet, sunscreen, swim suit, towel, hiking sticks, water shoes (stream crossings and wading). Note: Start and end time do not include your travel time to Clevengers Corner or post-hike rehydration. NOTE: I will meet everyone at the trailhead. Chris Fleshren will do a headcount at Clevenger's Corner on Saturday AM. We will end the day with a rehydration stop in Sperryville at the Headmaster Pub :-). Liability Disclaimer - Blue Mountain Hiking Club Organizers and or Hike Leaders are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Mountain-Hiking-Club/about/

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  • Jones Run/Doyles River Waterfall Hike - Moderate

    Warrenton, VA Park And Ride

    For those unable to hike this weekend, join me Friday for one of the most popular waterfall hikes in the southern district of the SNP. There are two, large waterfalls and several smaller ones, as well as swimming holes to cool off in. Check out the hike details at: https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/JonesRunDoylesRiver/ Hike Type: Loop Hike Length: 6.6 miles Hike Time: Approx. 4 hrs (not including breaks) Hike Pace: Avg. 2.0 mph Hike Difficulty Rating: Moderate Elevation Gain: 1,455 ft. What to Bring: DEET insect repellent, hiking poles, at least 2L of water, electrolytes, lunch/snacks, water shoes, swim attire (if swimming). Important Details: Please make sure you are in good physical condition to hike in the heat and humidity. Plan for a full day. We will meet early due to the distance to travel. Rehydration will be in Madison at The Mad Local. Leader’s Phone:[masked] Disclaimer - Blue Mountain Hiking Club Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Mountain-Hiking-Club/about/

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  • First Annual Blue Mountain Hiking Club Picnic

    Rappahannock County Park

    Just like last year but with a new name and at a new venue. Non hiking spouses are especially welcome. This is a pot luck event. Bring something to eat and drink and something to share. With a reserved shelter, this is a rain or shine event. The park offers picnic tables,cornhole, shuffleboard, tennis, skate boarding, fishing and more. See https://rappahannockcountypark.weebly.com/ Liability Disclaimer - Blue Mountain Hiking Club Organizers and or Hike Leaders are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Mountain-Hiking-Club/about/

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  • Elkwallow to Mathews Arm: Gentle & cool

    Clevengers Corner Park & Ride

    Here's a hike less than six miles long with minimal elevation. Join us for a relaxed stroll in cool temps (typically it's eight degrees cooler on top of SNP). We'll tramp from the Elkwallow picnic area (MP 24) looping Mathews Arm Campground via the Traces Trail and retrace on this "lollipop" hike. An easy-peasy August outing. See PATC Map 9. Rehydration at Headmaster's Pub in Sperryville. Liability Disclaimer - Blue Mountain Hiking Club Organizers and or Hike Leaders are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Mountain-Hiking-Club/about/

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  • Continuing Swimming Hole Hike -White Oak Canyon Out and Back Change to Wednesday

    HEADS UP!! DATE CHANGED TO WEDNESDAY!! Continuation of "Hikes with Swimming Holes". Taking advantage of our warm/hot summer days. An out and back hike, with lunch break and swimming. We will hike up from the parking lot and check out swimming holes along the way. After about 3 miles, we will turn around, find a swimming spot and have lunch. (We will not do the circuit down Cedar Run as described in the Hiking Upward link.) Hike Length: 6 miles (or shorter) Hike Time: Approx 5 hrs Hike Pace: Moderate (1.75 -2.5 mph) Hike Difficulty Rating: Moderately Strenuous Hike Type: Out and back Elevation: 1800ft (depends where we turn around) Stream Crossing (#): 4 Views Rating: No View See Hiking Upward for trail description. https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/WhiteOakCedarRun/ Multiple crossings of White Oak. Be prepared with water shoes. What to bring: 3 to 4 liters of water with electrolytes, snack, deet, sunscreen, swim suit, towel, hiking sticks, water shoes (stream crossings and wading/ swimming), dry clothes to leave in the car. Note: Start and end time do not include your travel time to Clevengers Corner or post-hike rehydration. We will end the day with a rehydration stop in Sperryville. Gentle reminder, Summer heat and humidity can turn a walk in the park into heat exhaustion or worse. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/heat-exhaustion#1 It is always best to premix electrolytes in your water and drink regularly to stay hydrated during our adventures in the woods, especially in the summertime. Also, all hikers are asked to have a contact card in their packs at all times. Include emergency contacts with email/telephone numbers, medications and pre-existing conditions. Your preparation will allow others to assist you in your time of need. Be safe and be well! Liability Disclaimer - Blue Mountain Hiking Club Organizers and or Hike Leaders are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Mountain-Hiking-Club/about/

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  • Continuing Swimming Hole Hikes -Nicholson Hollow

    Clevengers Corner Park & Ride

    Continuation of "Hikes with Swimming Holes". Taking advantage of our warm/hot summer days. An out and back hike, with lunch break and swimming on Hughes River. We may not go all the way to Corbin Cabin, as swimming is our goal. I have a specific swimming hole identified, but will not post location. Hike Length: 8 miles (or shorter) Hike Time: Approx 5 hrs Hike Pace: Moderate (1.75 -2.5 mph) Hike Difficulty Rating: Moderately Strenuous Hike Type: Out and back Elevation: 1240ft (if we go all the way to Corbin Cabin) Stream Crossing (#): 4 Views Rating: No View See Hiking Upward for trail description. https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/NicholsonHollow/ Multiple crossings of Hughes River. Be prepared with river shoes. What to bring: 3 to 4 liters of water with electrolytes, snack, deet, sunscreen, swim suit, towel, hiking sticks, water shoes (stream crossings and wading/ swimming). Note: Start and end time do not include your travel time to Clevengers Corner or post-hike rehydration. We will end the day with a rehydration stop in Sperryville Gentle reminder, Summer heat and humidity can turn a walk in the park into heat exhaustion or worse. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/heat-exhaustion#1 It is always best to premix electrolytes in your water and drink regularly to stay hydrated during our adventures in the woods, especially in the summertime. Also, all hikers are asked to have a contact card in their packs at all times. Include emergency contacts with email/telephone numbers, medications and pre-existing conditions. Your preparation will allow others to assist you in your time of need. Be safe and be well! Liability Disclaimer - Blue Mountain Hiking Club Organizers and or Hike Leaders are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Mountain-Hiking-Club/about/

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  • Dragons' Tooth Day Hike, Optional Saturday Hike

    Dragons Tooth Trail Head

    So you didn't make it to the Sawtooth Mountains? No problem, join me for a stroll to Dragon's Tooth near Roanoke on Friday and a second hike to Hay Rock or McAfee's Knob on Saturday. I will be staying in Roanoke for the weekend. Camping or hotel options are available depending upon what creature comforts you may prefer. If you require alot of structure for your weekend plans this outing will not be for you. Day 1: We will meet at the Dragon's Tooth parking lot at 0930 on Friday. Length 5.7 mls Elev. Gain: 1,505 ft Pace: 2.5 mph Significant rock scrambling with a few iron rungs; if you do not like exposed rocks, DO NOT ATTEND. Experienced hikers only. Full description to follow: https://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/DragonsTooth/ What to bring: 3 to 4 liters of water with electrolytes, snacks, deet, sunscreen, and hiking sticks. Note: Start and end time do not include your travel time to trailhead or post-hike rehydration. Day 2: We will head out for McAfee's Knob. McAfee's Knob can be an ant hill of hikers, so the starting time will be early. Trail descriptions to follow: General characteristics: Length 8 mls Elev. 1,700 ft Pace: 2.5 mph https://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/McAfeeKnob/ Liability Disclaimer - Blue Mountain Hiking Club Organizers and or Hike Leaders are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Mountain-Hiking-Club/about/

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  • Hazel River + Cave Falls Swimming Hole (Moderately strenuous)

    Clevengers Corner Park & Ride

    Continuation of "Hikes with Swimming Holes". An out and back hike, with lunch break and swimming at Cave Falls See maps in pictures 6.5 to 7.5 miles (out and back hike) 1500 feet elevation gain Moderate Pace: 2.0 mph Multiple crossings of Hazel River. With rain predictions Monday and Tuesday, river may be up. Be prepared with river shoes. Gentle reminder, Summer heat and humidity can turn a walk in the park into heat exhaustion or worse. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/heat-exhaustion#1 It is always best to premix electrolytes in your water and drink regularly to stay hydrated during our adventures in the woods, especially in the summertime. Also, all hikers are asked to have a contact card in their packs at all times. Include emergency contacts with email/telephone numbers, medications and pre-existing conditions. Your preparation will allow others to assist you in your time of need. Be safe and be well! What to bring: 3 to 4 liters of water with electrolytes, snack, deet, sunscreen, swim suit, towel, hiking sticks, water shoes (stream crossings and wading). Note: Start and end time do not include your travel time to Clevengers Corner or post-hike rehydration. We will end the day with a rehydration stop in Sperryville Liability Disclaimer - Blue Mountain Hiking Club Organizers and or Hike Leaders are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Mountain-Hiking-Club/about/

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  • Bear Church Rock + Swimming Hole (Strenuous)

    Bear Church Rock trailhead

    Continuation of "Hikes with Swimming Holes". From Hiking Upward: Unlike many of the other picturesque hikes in the Shenandoah National Park, the Bear Church Rock circuit is not nearly as well known. This hike starts along the beautiful Rapidan River, then heads up alongside Staunton River with small falls and pools, before making a steep climb to the panoramic outcropping of views at Bear Church Rock. 8.5 miles (out and back hike) 2210 feet elevation gain Strenuous based on Shenandoah Nat Park hike rating HU rating: Difficulty 4; Streams: 5; Views: 4 Stream crossings: multiple (thank goodness!) Pace: 2.5 mph Plan is to stop at a swimming hole on the way back down the trail. We will scout the options on the way up the trail Gentle reminder, Summer heat and humidity can turn a walk in the park into heat exhaustion or worse. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/heat-exhaustion#1 It is always best to premix electrolytes in your water and drink regularly to stay hydrated during our adventures in the woods, especially in the summertime. Also, all hikers are asked to have a contact card in their packs at all times. Include emergency contacts with email/telephone numbers, medications and pre-existing conditions. Your preparation will allow others to assist you in your time of need. Be safe and be well! https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/BearChurchRock/ Here's another link to info on this hike: http://hikingshenandoah.blogspot.com/2013/12/bear-church-rock-via-graves-mill.html What to bring: 3 to 4 liters of water with electrolytes, snack, deet, sunscreen, swim suit, hiking sticks, water shoes (stream crossings and wading). Note: Start and end time do not include your travel time to trailhead or post-hike rehydration. We will end the day with a rehydration stop at TBD. Anyone know a suitable place? Liability Disclaimer - Blue Mountain Hiking Club Organizers and or Hike Leaders are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Mountain-Hiking-Club/about/

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