Lets kick off the hiking season with a hike to Ravens Rock (http://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/RavenRocks/) which is right off of Route 7 in Clark County, VA - about 30 miles west of Leesburg. This popular hike is 5.5 miles round trip on the Appalachian trail, with some significant change in elevation. To do this hike you need to be in decent hiking shape, and sure-footed. We'll hike at a moderate pace. Bring snacks, sunscreen and lots of water to stay hydrated.
We'll meet at the trailhead (http://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/RavenRocks/) (VA679 and Rt7.) to begin hiking at 10AM.
If you'd like to carpool, we'll meet in front of the North Fairlington Management office - 3001 S. Abington Street at 8:30AM.
Following the hike, we'll plan to stop in Leesburg to enjoy delicious turkish/german food at the Doner Bistro (http://www.doener-usa.com/) and hang out in their Biergarten like we did after this hike last summer.
View from the top of Ravens Rock
More Details on Ravens Rock Hike
The view from Raven Rocks (http://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/RavenRocks/images/012707/P1270023.jpg) is one of the best in the area. Although the distance is only 5.5 miles with a vertical gain of 1,530ft, as you can see from the elevation profile, there are three strenuous ascents on this out and back hike. Raven Rocks is also a popular area with rock climbers, as it can be accessed by a road 0.4 miles from the east.
Make sure to wear sturdy footwear, as the hike that remains entirely on the white blazed Appalachian Trail, is very rocky.
Begin the hike by heading north on the white blazed Appalachian Trail, as it crosses over the first ridge, then making several steep switchback descents before reaching a small run in 0.8 miles. 100 yards past the run cross over an unblazed trail and remain on the Appalachian Trail.
After ascending the next ridge come to a nice view (http://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/RavenRocks/images/011505/P1150042.jpg) of the Winchester Valley to the west, before descending and arriving at the Raven Rocks Hollow stream (http://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/RavenRocks/images/011505/P1150027.jpg) in 1.2 miles from the last run.
Climb the final ascent of 0.4 miles, passing a sign marking the Virginia, West Virginia border, then reaching Raven Rocks where you will find fantastic views (http://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/RavenRocks/images/012707/P1270026.jpg) towards the south west and the Shenandoah Valley.
During spring and fall, the Raven Rocks 100ft wall is a favorite spot with local rock climbers. To return retrace your route 2.7 miles back to the parking area at VA679 and Rt7.
Last summer's hike to Ravens Rock