Starting Point - Elkwallow Picnic Area (mile marker 24)
Ending Point - Elkwallow Picnic Area (mile marker 24)
Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 14.7 miles/Very Strenuous/2620 feet
Hike Highlights - Appalachian Trail, Neighbor Mountain Trail, Views from Neighbor Mountain, Jeremy's Run Trail, 17 crossings of Jeremy's Run, Wild Flowers full bloom along Jeremy's Run
Disclaimer #1 - This hike is rated as a very strenuous hike. Since this hike is rated as a very strenuous hike, all hikers will start the hike on the wait list until I can verify the hiking experience of all of the hikers on the wait list. Those hikers, who have not hiked with me before, will need to answer the following questions before I can allow them on the hike.
1. How often do you hike?
2. What strenuous hikes have you done?
3. When and what was the last strenuous hike that you completed?
The answers to these questions need to be sent to me at [masked] or via Meetup messages. If I do not receive the answers to these questions within one week of the RSVP, the hiker will be moved to NOT GOING.
This circuit hike is one of the most challenging day hikes in Shenandoah National Park. Please be prepared for a full day of hiking. You really do need to be a very experienced hiker to complete this hike. The hike leader does reserve the right to not allow hikers on this hike, if he feels that hikers are ill-prepared, ill-equipped, or ill-experienced for this challenging day hike.
Hike Details - With the days getting longer, the day hikes are now going to be longer. We are going to meet at the North Research Park shortly before 8:00 AM to form carpools. We are going to drive into Shenandoah National Park through the Thornton Gap entrance. We are going to turn right onto Skyline Drive, and make our way to the Elkwallow Picnic Area at mile marker 24. From our trailhead, we are going hike down to the intersection with the Appalachian Trail. We are going to turn left (southbound) on the Appalachian Trail. We are going to hike the Appalachian Trail southbound for about four miles before reaching the Neighbor Mountain Trail. At the Neighbor Mountain Trail intersection, we are going to turn right and hike the Neighbor Mountain Trail to the summit of Neighbor Mountain. About a mile below the summit of Neighbor Mountain, we will have expansive views to the West across the Shenandoah Valley and the Massanutten Ridge. We are going to continue on the Neighbor Mountain Trail down to the intersection with the Jeremy's Run Trail. We are going to turn right onto the Jeremy's Run Trail. Along the Jeremy's Run Trail, we should have incredible wildflowers and 17 crossings on Jeremy's Run as we close the circuit with the Appalachian Trail. We will continue on the Jeremy's Run Trail back up to our cars. Please make sure to review the hike link below before signing up for this challenging day hike.
What to Bring - Sunscreen, Permetherin, 4 to 5 liters of water, trekking poles, camera/phone, lunch/snacks, broken in hiking boots, a change of clothes (Be prepared to get wet on this hike), $5 for your driver if not driving, annual SNP pass if you have one, moisture wicking clothing
As is tradition with my day hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local restaurant/brewery. Carpools can be arranged accordingly for those, who wish to partake in the post hike.
Disclaimer #2 - 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/)