What we're about

Welcome Hikers!

Our goal is to help you explore on foot the abundance of wonderful natural places Virginia has to offer. If you're a beginner, we'll make sure that you never hike alone (unless you want to!). We'll also teach you how to become an intrepid hiker capable of exploring wherever (the rugged Shenandoah National Park, for instance) and whenever (at night!). We're aided in our efforts to get out and explore by Great Outdoor Provision Co., which provides us space for clinics and meetings, and pays the fee for our Meetup site.

Membership Information:

Our leadership team consists of dedicated volunteers who work hard and give generously of their time so that we have a calendar full of fun events. As a Member, you can help show your appreciation by helping with the following:

Member Profile & Photo:

Name: Please refrain from using an alias – use your first name or first name and initial from last (i.e. Jane or Jane D).

Introduction: Write a line or two about yourself…

Picture: Please include a picture of yourself – not your dog, random landscape, group photo, etc… This is extremely helpful to event organizers who are trying to identify you. As a point of safety concerns – many hike leaders/event organizers will REQUIRE A PROFILE PHOTO FOR ATTENDANCE IN AN EVENT!!! Without an acceptable photo, you may find that you’re moved from attending an event to being waitlisted. If you have difficulty in uploading a photo, any event organizer will be happy to try to help you. If you have a personal reason for not wanting to post your photo, please include “No Photo” at the end of your Profile Introduction and be sure to communicate this to your event organizer(s).

Hike Ratings: You will find upcoming events posted on the Home Page as well as the calendar. Please read each event/hikes description to see if it’s a good fit for you. If you have any concerns about your ability to do a hike, please contact the Hikes Event Organizer. We want to the experience to be fun and safe for both you and your fellow hikers. If you are new to the group and/or new to hiking please review Hike Ratings - Hike Ratings (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/22109834/Hike_Ratings_%28Mountain_Hikes%29).

Know your capabilities before you sign up for a hike. The ratings system was developed so you have a good idea what you’re signing up for. Hike Leaders may screen prospective hikers to make sure that each participant can finish the hike. Self-evaluation and screening are important because someone who can’t finish a hike puts himself in danger and ruins the enjoyment for all.

Code of Conduct: Members of GetHiking Charlottesville are required to show their organizers, hike leaders, sponsors and other members the utmost courtesy and respect. Disrespect or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and you will be immediately removed and banned from the group. If you feel you’ve been a victim of such behavior please bring it to the Organizer’s/Co-Organizer’s attention.

GetHiking Charlottesville is NOT a dating MeetUp group. We promote being in the outdoors, friendships, fitness and fun. Do not assume because someone is single and in the group that they are waiting for you to sweep them off their feet. Chances are, they aren’t. There are plenty of other MeetUp groups and websites, that are meant specifically for dating. Please join one of those, if you’re looking for someone to date…As member of GetHiking Charlottesville you agree to Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/27159289/Code_of_Conduct/)

Disclaimer:

GetHiking Charlottesville Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. By signing up for and/or attending our events, you acknowledge, understand, accept and agree that the activities we organize can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death.

GetHiking’s Charlottesville's Organizer, Co-Organizers, Event Organizers and Sponsors are not responsible for the safety of participants, members and guest. We will try our best to prevent accidents, but we are not responsible if something happens to you.
By joining GetHiking Charlottesville you acknowledge and accept this disclaimer - GetHiking's Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088739/Disclaimer/)

RSVP:

When you RSVP for an event, you take up one of the allotted spaces for that event. If you don't show up, you deny another member the opportunity to attend. The same applies to changing your RSVP from "yes" to "no" just before an event. Even if an event is not full, the organizer must often make arrangements based on the number of people that RSVP'd and sometimes make last minute adjustments based on the number that actually attend.

Please be respectful of both the person organizing the event as well as other members who would have enjoyed the opportunity to join in the fun but were denied that opportunity due to a no-show.

Only RSVP, if you plan to attend! If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend, please update your RSVP as soon as possible. Not showing up for an event results in a “No Show”. Three No Shows can lead to membership suspension and/or being dropped from events with a waitlist. It is each member’s responsibility to keep up with their RSVP’s… For more info see - RSVP and No Shows (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088090/RSVP_and_No_Shows/)

Hiking With Dogs:

Dogs are allowed on hikes at the discretion of the Hike Leader and the policies/regulations of the trails and area being hiked. Rather than assume that your pup is welcome on a hike, please ask in the hike's comment section if this is a "dog friendly hike". Prior to bringing your dog, please review our - Dog Policy (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/22042321/Dog_Policy/)

Dogs must be kept on a short (max 6’, non-retractable) leash

Owners must pick up after their dogs

Owners must bring plenty of water for their dog

Dogs must be well behaved and capable of keeping up with the group

Despite all the necessary policy and guidelines, you will find that we’re a friendly and easy to get to know group. We hope you’ll get outside and join us on the trail soon!

Upcoming events (4+)

Duncan Knob and Strickler Knob Circuit Hike-10.5 miles-Strenuous

Starting Point - Scothorn Gap Parking Area

Ending Point - Scothorn Gap Parking Area

Hike Distance/Rating - 10.5 miles/Strenuous

PLEASE NOTE: Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, all hikers will start on the wait list until I can verify the hiking experience of those on the wait list. Those hikers, who have not completed a strenuous hike with me, will need to answer the following vetting questions.

1. How often do you hike?
2. What strenuous hikes have you completed?
3. When and what was the last strenuous hike that you completed?

Those hikers, who have not completed a strenuous hike with me, have one week to answer the vetting questions. Failure to answer those vetting questions within one week will move those hikers to NOT GOING. Those hikers, who have completed a strenuous hike with me in the past, will be moved to GOING immediately. The answers to the vetting questions need to be sent to me at [masked]. This hike is capped at 12 hikers.

Hike Highlights - Scothorn Gap, Scothorn Gap Trail, Gap Creek Trail, Massanutten Trail, Duncan Knob Overlook Trail, Strickler Knob Trail, Expansive Vistas from Duncan Knob and Strickler Knob

Hike Details - This is one of my favorite Fall circuit hikes in the Massanutten Ridge of the George Washington National Forest. We are going to start the hike at the Scothorn Gap Parking area. We are going to have the steepest climb at the beginning of the hike. After reaching the ridgeline, we will hike to the junction with the Massanutten Ridge Trail. We will turn left to stay on the Scothorn Gap Trail. We will hike the Scothorn Gap Trail to the junction with the Gap Creek Trail. We will turn right onto the Gap Creek Trail and make the short climb up to the Duncan Knob Overlook Trail. We will turn left onto the Overlook Trail. We will rock scramble and boulder our way to the top of Duncan Knob. Once on the summit of Duncan Knob, we will have expansive views of the Shenandoah Valley, Shenandoah National Park, and the Allegheny Highlands. We will retrace our steps back to the Gap Creek Trail. We will turn left and follow the trail downhill to the Massanutten Trail junction. We will turn right onto the Massanutten Trail. We will follow the Massanutten Trail to the intersection with the Strickler Knob Trail. We will hike out to Strickler Knob. As we get closer to Strickler Knob, we will have to rock scramble and boulder out to the expansive vista from Strickler Knob. After soaking in the views and taking pictures, we will retrace back to the Massanutten Trail. We will continue on the Massanutten Trail back down to the Scothorn Gap Trail. We will continue on the Scothorn Gap Trail back down to the cars.

What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, Trekking poles, Good day pack, Layers of clothing, Beanie/Gloves, 3 to 4 liters of water, Lunch/Snacks, Camera/Phone, First Aid Kit

Highland Rustic Trails at James Monroe's Highland Followed by Jefferson Winery

The Rustic Highlands loop trails are on property once owned by James Monroe, 5th President of the United States. Now the property is owned by his Alma Mater, William and Mary. Normally, pets are not allowed, but this Sunday is DOG DAY. You are welcome to bring your pooch. Several of the loops are quite easy but the Red Trail loop will get your heart rate up and up. Fascinating markers are located along the way and share some very interesting historical information.

From Downtown Charlottesville:
Take Route 20 South (Monticello Avenue) from downtown. Continue under I-64. Turn left on Route 53 at the second traffic light and continue past Michie Tavern, Monticello, and a sharp bend to the right. After Jefferson Vineyards, turn right onto State Route 795—James Monroe Parkway. Continue ½ mile. James Monroe’s Highland is on the right. Additional directions can be found on the website.

We will meet at the Kiosk, where the Yellow Access Trail (.8 Miles) begins, to get to the Red Mountain Loop (2.1 Miles), and then pick up the Green Loop (1.5 Miles) and back to the Yellow Access Trail, which will take us back to the parking area. Yellow, Red and Green trails will give you a hike of approximately 5.2 miles, MOL.

I enjoy stopping at a restaurant or vineyard after my hikes. The closest is the Jefferson Vineyards, only 1.5 miles away. The address is 1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway. The vineyard is lovely, especially if you can get a seat in the garden. Masks are required when ordering, and they do close the gate when their capacity is reached (although I have not seen that happen). Snacks are available. Staff are very nice. The aged cheddar cheese is terrific.

Please don't be a 'no show' for any of our hikes. Change your RSVP from yes to no if you can't make it. Fully vaccinated hikers preferred. Non-vaccinated hikers must wear masks or stay six feet from other hikers.

Need me for anything? Text me at[masked]

HIGHLAND RUSTIC TRAILS - "DOG DAY" - MODERATE

James Monroe's Highland

We hope you and your pup will join us for a hike at the home of James Monroe, our fifth president, on a day that dogs are welcome. We will take the red trail, through a shady pine forest, achieving an elevation of 890' on the east side of Carter Mountain.

Meet by the map reader board between the parking lot and the gift shop.

Bring water. Restrooms are adjacent to the gift shop, which sells a nice variety of beverages and snacks. This is a wonderful place to picnic.

*Hike ending time is a guestimate. If you have plans to be somewhere at a specific time and may be late if the hike has not ended, we will not cut the hike short to accommodate you, nor should you leave the hike ahead of the group.*

Your pet must remain on leash throughout the hike.

Optional: possible post-hike gathering at Dave Matthews' Blenheim Winery, where reservations are required. If only they would call me back, despite several messages.

Annual Old Rag Peak Fall Colors Hike-9.1 miles-Very Strenuous

Old Rag Parking (Ranger Station)

Starting Point - Old Rag Parking Area

Ending Point - Old Rag Parking Area

Hike Distance/Rating - 9.1 miles/Very Strenuous

Disclaimer - I am posting the hike this far in advance so that those, who work can check their work schedules and put in for the time off with their jobs to climb Old Rag at the height of the Fall colors in Shenandoah National Park.

PLEASE NOTE - This hike is only for experienced hikers. I am going to be very selective and picky as to who goes on this hike. Last Fall/Winter, several hikers (not in our group) had to be rescued from Old Rag. Those individuals were rescued from the mountain the day after we had hiked the mountain. The Park Rangers and Park Superintendent expressed frustration and anger at the lack of preparation, experience, and hiking gear by those individuals. This is not a hike for beginning hikers.

The following vetting questions need to be answered honestly within one week of the RSVP by those who have not hiked with me. Those, who have hiked strenuous hikes with me in the past, will be moved onto the hike from the wait list. This hike is capped at 12 hikers.

1. How often do you hike?
2. What strenuous/challenging hikes have you done?
3. When and what was the last strenuous hike that you completed?

The answers to the above vetting questions need to be emailed to me at [masked] Failure to adequately answer the vetting questions will result in those hikers being moved to NOT GOING. There is also no negotiation with the hike leader once a decision has been made. If the hike leader determines that a hiker cannot go due to a lack of experience, preparation, or gear, that decision is final. The hike leader does reserve the right to not allow hikers on the hike at the trailhead. This mountain was recently named one of the 25 most dangerous hikes in the world. The safety of everyone is going to be paramount for this

Hike Highlights - Saddle Trail, Ridge Trail, Weakley Hollow Fire Road, Bird's Nest Shelter, 360 Degree Views, 1.5 mile rock scramble, Peak Fall Colors

Hike Details - It is that time for the annual Old Rag midweek October hike. This is one of the most popular day hikes on the East Coast. We are going to meet at the Old Rag Parking Area at 8:00 AM. We will start the hike up the Ridge Trail to the Rock Scramble. We will navigate our way through the rock scramble up to the summit of Old Rag. Along the way, we will have multiple vista points/picture opportunities to take amazing pictures of the surrounding mountains and valleys. After navigating the rock scramble, we will reach the summit of Old Rag and our lunch spot. At this point, the hardest part of the hike is over. We will descend down the Ridge Trail down to the Weakley Hollow Fire Road. We will follow the Fire Road back to the parking area at the ranger station. Please make sure to review the hike link below prior to signing up for this hike.

https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/OldRag/

What to Bring - Good Day Pack, Trekking Poles, Weight Lifting/Gripping Gloves, Broken in Hiking Boots, 3 to 5 liters of water, lunch/snacks, layers of clothing for cool/mountain hiking, First Aid Kit, camera/phone, SNP Pass, tick repellent, sunscreen

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