Starting Point - Riprap Parking Area (Mile Marker 90 on Skyline Drive)
Ending Point - Riprap Parking Area (Mile Marker 90 on Skyline Drive)
Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 9.5 miles/Strenuous/2200 feet
Hike Highlights - Appalachian Trail, Riprap Trail, Chimney Rock, Multiple rock outcroppings and vistas, spring fed swimming hole, multiple stream crossings, Wildcat Ridge Trail
Disclaimer #1 - This hike is rated as a strenuous hike. Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, all hikers will start the hike on the wait list until I can verify the hiking experience of all hikers. Those hikers, who have not hiked with me before will need to answer the following questions.
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?
Answers to these questions will need to be emailed to me at [masked] or via Meetup messages. New hikers will have one week of their RSVP to answer the vetting questions above. Failure to answer the questions within one week will move those hikers to NOT GOING.
Hike Details - After an extended closure of Skyline Drive in the South District, it is time to get back into the South District and do some hiking in the South District. The Riprap Hollow Circuit is one of the more popular and challenging hikes in the South District. We are going to start by meeting at the Fontaine Research Park shortly before 8:15 AM to form carpools. We are going to drive into Shenandoah National Park via Rockfish Gap and Skyline Drive. We are going to drive to the Riprap Parking Area located at mile marker 90 on Skyline Drive. From the parking area, we are going to start the hike by walking up to the Appalachian Trail. We are going to turn right and hike a short steep climb up to the junction with the Riprap Trail. We are going to turn left on the Riprap Trail. Along the Riprap Trail, we will have expansive views of the Shenandoah Valley, rock outcroppings including Chimney Rock. As we continue on the Riprap Trail, we will descend into a gorge that includes a small waterfall, a stream crossing, and a small swimming hole. We will continue on the Riprap Trail to the intersection with the Wildcat Ridge Trail. We are going to turn left onto the Wildcat Ridge Trail and begin the steep ascent back up to the ridge line and the Appalachian Trail. Upon reaching the Appalachian Trail, we are going to turn left onto Appalachian Trail. We are going to hike the Appalachian Trail northbound back to our cars and complete the hike.
As is tradition with my hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local restaurant or brewery. The carpools can be arranged accordingly for those, who wish to partake in the post hike.
What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, water shoes and swimwear (if going for a swim in the swimming hole), lunch/snacks, 3 to 4 liters of water, sunscreen, camera/phone, $5 for your driver, permetherin, first aid kit, moisture wicking clothing (COTTON IS NOT RECOMMENDED), SNP annual pass
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/)