Starting Point - Browns Gap (Mile Marker 83 on Skyline Drive)
Ending Point - Browns Gap (Mile Marker 83 on Skyline Drive)
Hike Distance/Elevation/Rating - 9 miles/2200 feet/Moderately Strenuous
Disclaimer #1 - This hike is rated as a moderately strenuous hike and there will be no vetting of hikers for this hike. Although there is no vetting of hikers, this hike is not a hike for a beginner or novice hiker. The hike leader does reserve the right to not allow a hiker on this hike if he feels that a hiker is ill-prepared, ill-experienced, or ill-equipped for this hike. This hike is going to be capped at 15 hikers and no more.
Hike Highlights - Appalachian Trail, Rockytop Trail, Big Run Loop Trail, Fall ridge line views, Multiple Rock Falls, 360 degree views from the summit of Lewis Peak, Lewis Peak Summit Trail
Hike Details - It is time for the annual Black Friday hike. While people are rushing to department stores, we will be making our way into Shenandoah National Park into the South District to remote Lewis Peak and the 360 degree views of Lewis Peak. We are going to form carpools at the Brownsville Elementary School shortly before 8:00 AM. We are going to enter Shenandoah National Park through Rockfish Gap. We will turn north onto Skyline Drive and make our way to Browns Gap (mile marker 83). We are going to start the hike by hiking the Appalachian Trail northbound about a half mile to the intersection with the Big Run Loop Trail. We are going to turn left onto the Big Run Loop Trail. We will continue onto the Rockytop Trail. We are going to have some amazing ridgeline views on this stretch of trail. We will continue to the Austin Mountain Trail and go right staying on the Rockytop Trail. We will arrive at the Lewis Peak Trail and continue on the Lewis Peak Trail. We will continue on the Lewis Peak Trail to the Lewis Peak Summit Trail. The Lewis Peak Summit Trail will take us up to the summit of Lewis Peak, our turnaround spot, and our lunch spot. After soaking in the views, eating lunch, and taking a whole lot of pictures, we will retrace our steps back to our cars. Please review the hike link below before signing up 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, trekking poles, layers of clothing for cold mountain weather, beanies, gloves, annual SNP pass if you have one, $5 for your driver if not driving, camera/phone, a good daypack, a first aid kit
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/)