Starting Point - Meadow Spring Parking Area (mile marker 33.5(
Ending Point - Meadow Spring Parking Area (mile marker 33.5)
Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 9.2 miles/Strenuous/2100 feet of elevation
Disclaimer #1 - 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 those on the wait list. Those, who have not hiked with me on a strenuous hike, 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 last strenuous hike that you completed?
Those hikers have within one week of their RSVP to answer these vetting questions. The answers need to be emailed to me at [masked] or via Meetup messages. Failure to answer these questions within one week will move those hikers to NOT GOING.
Disclaimer #2 - With the unpredictability of the openings and closures of Skyline Drive, there will be a backup hike. The backup hike will be the Corbin Mountain and Nicholson Hollow Circuit hike listed below in the hike link.
Hike Highlights - Hazel Mountain Trail, Hazel River Trail, White Rocks Trail, Hazel River, Hazel River Falls, Winter time vistas throughout the hike
Hike Details - We are going to be going to one of my favorite spots in Shenandoah National Park, the Hazel Country. We are going to start by forming carpools at the North Research Park shortly before 8:00 AM. We will make our way to the Thornton Gap Entrance of Shenandoah National Park. We will make our way to the Meadow Spring Parking Area on Skyline Drive. From the Meadow Spring Parking Area, we are going to start the hike by hiking down the Hazel Mountain Trail. We will continue on the Hazel Mountain Trail for nearly three miles to the Hazel River Trail. We will turn left onto the Hazel River Trail and begin the descent down to the Hazel River. We will continue on the Hazel River down to the junction with the White Rocks Trail. We will turn left onto the White Rocks Trail, and immediately cross the Hazel River. After crossing the Hazel River, we will have a very steep climb up to the ridge line. We will have multiple winter time ridge line vistas on this stretch of trail. We will continue onto the Hazel River Falls Trail. We will make the short steep descent down to the Hazel River Falls. Hopefully, there will be ice on the Falls. After spending some time at the Falls, we will retrace our steps back up to the White Rocks Trail. We will turn left on the White Rocks Trail and complete the circuit with the Hazel Mountain Trail. We will turn right onto the Hazel Mountain Trail and complete the hike back up to the cars at the Meadow Spring Parking Area. Please make sure to 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. The carppols can be arranged accordingly for those, who wish to partake in the post hike.
What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, traction for snow and ice, layers of clothing for winter hiking in the mountains, beanies and gloves, lunch/snacks, 3 to 4 liters of water, a good day back, first aid kit
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/)