Past Meetup

Hike: Piney Branch/ Sugarloaf/ AT, Shenandoah NP, VA

This Meetup is past

47 people went

Price: $25.00 /per person
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$25 (non-members $28) + park fee/pass.
Long hike: 10.4 miles, 3000 ft. ascent, 1300 ft. descent. Short hike: 7.0 miles, 2900 ft. ascent, 800 ft. descent.

We usher in our fall season–the favorite of many hikers–with a post-Labor Day journey to Shenandoah’s North District. From Rts. 600 and 653 at the bottom of the Blue Ridge, we’ll climb the Piney Branch, Pole Bridge Link and Sugarloaf Trails to the Skyline Drive, then head northbound on the AT. Short hikers stop at Hogback Overlook, long hikers at Gravel Springs Gap.

Leaders: David K (kloeden<@> or 703/589--5877 and Kara (karamoller<@> or 202/422--5272

You must RSVP and pay for this hike on Meetup. Only call the hike leaders if you have questions regarding the hike.

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Virginia Bus Routing: Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before departure times listed below. All departure points are Metro accessible; however, if you are driving, please use only the Vienna Metro departure point, as parking is extremely limited at other locations.

Departure points and times are as follows:

DC - 16th and I St., NW, at 8:00 a.m. SHARP

Rosslyn – Key Bridge Marriott Hotel Bus Stop at approximately 8:10 a.m.

Vienna Metro – North Lot, Last Bus Shelter (Nutley St. Exit off Interstate 66 on North/Vienna side of I-66) at approximately 8:25 a.m.

If you are a first time hiker with us, please let the hike leaders know so that they can insure that you know where to meet the bus. If you've RSVP'd with us, we don't want to leave you behind.

Reservations: The Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Early reservations are appreciated! While reservations are accepted Friday, making your reservation prior to Thursday evening helps to ensure your seat on the bus, and prevents the cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups.

Please contact hike leaders during the week of the hike, and place calls prior to 9:30 p.m. As a courtesy to other hikers and to the hike leaders, please let the leaders know if you must cancel, as early as possible, so that your reserved spot may be given to someone else.

Cost, what to wear, what to bring: Transportation costs are listed for each hike. Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a day pack or fanny pack with individual First Aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It is recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drinks are also recommended.

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