Starting Point - Rt. 56 (Appalachian Trail Crossing)
Ending Point - Rt. 56 (Appalachian Trail Crossing)
Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 9.2 miles/Strenuous/3500 feet
Disclaimer #1 - Since this hike is going into a federally designated wilderness area, the hike is going to be capped at 10 hikers. All hikers will need to confirm their RSVP on the Friday before the hike. That is going to be Friday, April 12, 2019
Disclaimer #2 - Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, all hikers will start the hike on the wait list. Hikers will remain on the wait list, until I can verify the hiking experience of those hikers on the wait list. All hikers, who have not hiked with me, will need to answer the following 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?
All hikers, who have not hiked with me, have one week of their RSVP to answer the above questions. Failure to answer those questions within one week of the RSVP will move the hiker from the wait list to NOT GOING. Answers to these questions need to be emailed to me at [masked] or via Meetup messages.
Hike Highlights - Appalachian Trail, One of the most challenging hikes in the Charlottesville area, Peak wildflowers, amazing 270 degree views from the summit of The Priest, swinging bridge over the Tye River
Hike Details - This is my all time favorite hike to do, and it is now time to do my all time favorite hike once again. I have done this hike every year at the time when the wildflowers are bursting out on the slopes of The Priest. Why change a good thing?? We are going to meet shortly before 8:00 AM at the Fontaine Research Park to form carpools to the Appalachian Trail crossing on Rt. 56 in Nelson County. We are going to park in the parking area on Rt. 56 and begin our climb up to the summit of The Priest. We are going to be making close to 40 switchbacks as we climb The Priest. Along the climb, we should have the wildflowers bursting on both sides of the Appalachian Trail. We will reach the first of two overlooks about three miles into the hike. After this first overlook, we will finish our climb to the summit of The Priest. This will be the steepest part of the climb. After reaching the summit of The Priest, we will make our way to the rock outcropping with the amazing 270 degree views. It is at this rock outcropping, where we will eat lunch, soak in the amazing views, and take a whole lot of pictures. After spending some time on the summit, we will retrace our steps back down The Priest to our cars. We will have the option of crossing Rt. 56 to the swinging bridge over the Tye River. This can be done before we start our climb up The Priest or after we finish our descent from The Priest. Please make sure to review the hike link below before signup for this hike.
As is tradition with my hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local restaurant or brewery. Carpools can be arranged accordingly for those, who wish to partake in the post hike.
What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, layers of clothing-NOT COTTON (it can still be cool/cold at the higher elevations in April), $5 for your driver, permetherin, phone/camera, 3 to 4 liters of water, lunch/snacks, trekking poles, first aid kit, sunscreen
Disclaimer #3 - GetHiking Charlottesville's Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088739/Disclaimer/)