Past Meetup

Hike: Pass Mtn./Appalachian Trail to Elkwallow Gap, Shenandoah Nat’l Park, VA

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43 people went

Price: $25.00 /per person
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PATC Map 9 / VA Bus

$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass. Long hike: 11½ mi., 3000 ft. ascent, 1900 ft. descent. Short hike: 7 mi., 2100 ft. ascent, 1100 ft. descent.

Sweeping views from the crest of the Blue Ridge await us on this Summer Solstice Special. From Rt. 211 near the park entrance, we’ll ascend the Pass Mtn. Trail in Shenandoah’s North District. At the top of the ridge, after passing Pass Mtn. Hut, we’ll meet the Appalachian Trail and take it northbound over the summit of Pass Mtn. and through Beahms Gap. Short hikers stop at Jeremys Run Overlook on the Skyline Drive; long hikers continue to Elkwallow Gap.

Leaders: David Kloeden ( or 703/589--5877 and Megan Mabee (


Please RSVP and pay for this hike on Meetup. You only need to call the hike leaders if you have questions regarding the hike.

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

If after you make this reservation, you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2:00 pm, the day before hike, BOTH: 1.) Change RSVP to "No" --AND-- 2.) Press "Request Refund" link, and include your FULL NAME, and DATE YOU PAID.

For additional details, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at

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. The stop is directly on Route 29 (Lee Highway) at the local Metro bus stop, not directly in front of the hotel. The club's bus will very briefly stop in the road on Route 29 to pickup hikers.

Vienna Metro – NORTH parking lot, last bus shelter (Nutley St. Exit off Interstate 66 on North/Vienna side of I-66) at approximately 8:25 a.m. Note: There is a "south" parking lot also where there are also bus shelters. If this is your first time meeting at Vienna, please come some minutes early to find the stop. If by 8:15, you are not with a large group of hikers who say they're Capital Hiking Club, you are most likely at the south bus stop. Without delay, cross into, through, and back out to the NORTH parking lot where you will see the CHC hikers.

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.

If contacting hike leaders during the week of the hike, please place calls prior to 9:30 p.m. As a courtesy to other hikers and to the hike leaders, please 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.

Liability: Hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or Club activities. Hikers are expected to be able to keep a 2 mph pace.

(Optional) Membership Dues $10.00 per year. Click the "Member dues" link (on the left side of this page) to pay the $10 member dues to support the Capital Hiking Club. Dues help pay for the administrative and web costs of running the club, and you will also benefit from a reduced rate for club hikes. More information at: (

For more information, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at