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A joint hike with the Southern Shenandoah Valley Chapter. Moderate, approximately 1500’ elevation change. Hike Leader Jim Fye. Check out trail building done with University of Maryland Terrapin Outdoor Club. Total valley view from Woodstock to Staunton on return loop.
West Swift Run Bushwack, 4.0 miles Strenuous 800 feet ascent, Hike Leader Gabriel Garretson. This 4 to 5 hour adventure trek starts at swift run gap and follows an old abandoned road west of Swift Run Gap and connects with the West Swift Run stream and continues until we reach Rte 628, Beldor rd. Depending on water levels on hike day, we may adjust hike to avoid up to 5 stream crossing. Trekking poles and microspikes are recommended. Please form carpools at Albemarle High School at 9am or join us at Swift Run Gap next to monument on Rte 33 East at 9:45am.
7 miles out and back, moderately difficult. This trailhead is right off Rt. 250, a few miles west of Churchville. We'll wander in a hollow along a beautiful little stream where there will be some minor stream crossings. Then we will begin to climb toward Crawford Mountain. This is a gradual climb of about 2 miles with elevation gain of about 2000 feet. Along the way will be very pretty views. I will connect those responding who wish to carpool from Charlottesville if I receive those requests in ample time to do so.
8.5 miles, moderate. Hike Leader Jeff Monroe. Don't just hike the trails, help the trails! We will be working on cleaning up one or more access trails to Elliott Knob – the highest point in the George Washington National Forest. Clear the trail and experience a breathtaking vista! Possible microbrewery visit after the hike. Sign up in advance if you plan to attend, so we know how many tools to bring. We can meet you in Afton or Staunton - state in the comments if you want to meet west of Charlottesville. Joint adventure with the GetHiking! Meetup.