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LM W1?: Trout Run Valley (27 miles)
Yes I know a crew just hiked this route, and yes we seem to do it this time of the year every year. There's a reason for that. The Trout Run Valley Circumnavigation is a classic. You'll get to see Tibbett Knob, Halfmoon Mountain, and Big Schloss over two days, with splits of about 13/13 (or 16/10 if we choose). (Borrowing heavily from prior event postings here:) Saturday, we'll gather at Vienna Metro and leave as close to 8 a.m. as possible. We'll head to Wolf Gap Campground, and then start our journey by heading up to Tibbet Knob and then setting up camp near Trout Run. We do have the option, if people are up for it, to go another three miles on Saturday--maybe even a little more to camp closer to Halfmoon Mountain. We can see how the day goes on Saturday. Sunday, we will continue along our merry way with a pause at Big Schloss for views before heading back to our cars. I'd like to stop at Backroom Brewery in Front Royal for some light food and tasty beers. Being December and the last weekend before winter, expect it to be potentially cold and windy. If you haven't done much cold weather backpacking or are uncertain if your gear is going to up to the task, send me a gear list for some feedback. This is a great trip to get out and enjoy one of the classic trails. Remember: DCULers have maps!! The map for this is PATC Map F (https://www.patc.net/PATC/Our_Store/PATC_Maps.aspx). Mid-Atlantic Hikes gives a good look at our route (http://midatlantichikes.com/troutrunvalley.htm), although we'll be doing it in the reverse direction. A great description of the route also is in a certain book: (http://www.amazon.com/AMCs-Best-Backpacking-Mid-Atlantic-Multiday/dp/193402886X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460832552&sr=8-1&keywords=best+backpacking+the+mid+atlantic). Applicants will need to send me a gear list by Dec 9. If not, I'll have to move you to the wait list. (Here's an example (https://www.meetup.com/DC-UL-Backpacking/pages/20485922/What%E2%80%99s_in_a_Gear_List) for reference.) The fine print: - As per our carpool policy, riders should plan to pay their drivers $0.10 per mile. At ~180 miles RT, that comes to $18 for the trip. - By RSVPing to this trip or any other DC UL trip, you agree to DC UL's waiver liability terms (http://www.meetup.com/DC-UL-Backpacking/pages/Liability_Waiver/).

Vienna Metro (North Parking Lot)

9490 Virginia Center Blvd · Vienna, VA

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