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MO: Women’s Only Trip***NEW LOCATION, Trout Run Valley
****11/13/18 UPDATE**** First, I have a family issue that I need to take care of this weekend and will be heading up to New Jersey. Aileen will be taking over this trip--she's the best, and I'm sure you'll have a great time with her. Next, we are going to switch up the location. While the weather for Saturday and Sunday looks great, Thursday into Friday morning has a wintry mix on the forecast for Shenandoah. We're both concerned about Skyline Drive being closed for a portion of the day, especially since the original plan hinges on Skyline Drive for setting up the shuttle. So, given that concern, we thought it would be best to go ahead and switch locations for the trip. The new plan is to head to Trout Run and do the circumnavigation of the valley. It's a great route that still gives everyone the opportunity to do a 20 mile day and get your Veteran Member status. The basics are still the same, although there is no need to set up a shuttle. Meet at Vienna at 5 p.m., consolidate cars, and head to Wolf Gap to grab a spot at the campground. Saturday morning, wake up and head up to Tibbet Knob to enjoy views of what you'll be traveling around. Camp that night will be near the intersection of the Halfmoon Trail and the lookout trail--that will be a dry site so make sure to tank up before you head up the Halfmoon Trail. (~19/20 miles) The next day will bring you to a nice ridge walk that will lead you to Big Schloss. Take another break to enjoy views of all that you've walked, and then it is back to the cars. (~10 miles) PATC Map F is the one you'll want. However, given that the route is being switched so close to the event, make sure to bring at least this description if you don't have the map or can't get it in time:­ Print out the north and south sections--just note that you'll be doing it in reverse from how the trip is described on the site. Also, this says 27 miles, but I've clocked this in longer at 29 / 30 miles. ****ORIGINAL POST**** I’ve hiked many of Shenandoah’s trails, but have never completed all the AT miles in the park. Time to cross that off the list with the first of three sections. This trip is for the women of DC UL who are interested in trying out a 20 mile day and potentially getting their Veteran Member status. Splits will be 3 / 21 / 13. The plan! Meet at Vienna at 5 p.m. on Friday and head out to set up the shuttle. We’ll drive first to Swift Run Gap, pick up our backcountry permits, and then drop off our end cars. We’ll then head up Skyline Drive and drop off our cars at Panorama. We’ll have a short night hike to the Byrd’s Nest Shelter (camping is allowed by this one). Saturday will start nice and early—white blazes all the way to the Bearfence Hut. Depending on when we arrive, we can squeeze in an extra mile and do the Bearfence scramble either in the evening or in the morning. That’s a nice little diversion that we’ll want to take. Sunday, it is white blazes again back to our cars. We’ll reverse the shuttle, celebrate with a post-backpack meal, and then make our way home. DCULers have maps! The best one for this route is PATC Map 10: Group size is limited to 10. The fine print: - By RSVPing to this trip or any other DC UL trip, you agree to DC UL's waiver liability terms ( - As per our carpool policy, riders should pay drivers $0.10/mile. This trip is ~200 miles roundtrip.

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Vienna Metro (North Parking Lot)

9490 Virginia Center Blvd · Vienna, VA


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DC UL Backpacking hosts an average of 80 backpacking events each year, specializing in high-mileage, lightweight backpacking trips throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Our membership structure helps backpackers gain or enhance their outdoor skills. In general, our trips are quite challenging but you’ll find a wealth of experienced backpackers who are eager to share advice. Visit our website ( to learn more about our group and our membership and trip ranks, and to read our FAQs.

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