Very Strenuous SNP Hike!
Brown Mountain - Rocky Mountain Run - Larait Trail Loop!
So, C'mon! Get out of bed and onto the trail... The leader CHALLENGES you to get out of bed, get your rear in gear, and come out for a hike! Rich in human history and wildlife, Shenandoah is truly one of the jewels of the East. Located in northern Virginia, it's is an easy drive from the Washington, D.C., metro area and you can ride along in a carpool to pass the road time quickly. This is a VERY strenuous circuit with approximately 2950 feet of elevation gain and is for experienced hikers only.
Rich in human history and wildlife, Shenandoah is truly one of the jewels of the East. Located in northern Virginia, it's is an easy drive from the Washington, D.C., metro area
This is a loop hike across two mountain peaks, dropping down to cross the park's largest stream. It will offer extraordinary views and provide glimpses into the park's geological past. Along Brown Mountain, sandstone is embedded with 600-million-year-old fossil worm holes. Below Brown Mountain, fire engulfed the are in 1986, and today's hiker have the opportunity to observe firsthand just how quickly nature can regenerate herself. Carry plenty of water for this hike and we can take dips in the many streams we will be passing as well as crossing to cool off if hiking this in the summer!
Seasonal Note: Since this area is one of the most berry covered areas and bears just love their berries (great snack for us too along the trail and we have nicknamed the blueberry hike), black bear sightings are very frequent so if you are uncomfortable around bears, this is not a hike for you but many of us enjoy seeing them and are so happy they are finally recovering from almost being completely gone from our region. Beth, a frequent hiker with our group had this to say "The hike was strenuous but worth it! We saw 3 bears, 2 cubs (missed a photo of one of them climbing a tree), 2 deer and 2 baby deer. A beautiful day for the hike with a great group of people!"
Pre-Approval Required For This Hike
This particular hike requires pre-approval from the hike leader unless you have earned the title " Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes" which would display beneath your name. Otherwise, please contact the hike leader at the number at the bottom of this listing so you can make an informed decision together. Thank you for your understanding and this is for everyone's safety and enjoyment and only applies to our very strenuous of hikes. It is dangerous to hike beyond your physical limitations. About 48 hours before the hike, our organizer, Kellie, will check to see if anyone has signed up for this hike without contacting the leader and remove them for safety purposes.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Simmons Gap (Hike is at Skyline Mile: 76.9)
Length: 10.1 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Time to Hike: 5-6 Hours Depending on length of lunch and pic breaks! It's up to the group...
Trail Traffic: Light
Skill Level: VERY Strenuous
Season: Best spring through fall but also very crisp and unobstructed views in winter with bare trees
Trailhead Elev: 2475 feet
Top Elev: 2950 feet
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Special Winter Gear Requirement
Traction gear is a must in order to hike in the winter with our group on this hike for safety, and so we can hike all four seasons! The most dependable/reliable gear in our opinion is either Kahtoola Microspikes or STABILicers Originals. YakTrax brand (has springs) are highly discouraged due to accidents we have had with them breaking or "clogging" with ice/snow. Traction gear/ice cleats come in handy for getting the mail or walking the dog, in addition to any other outdoor activity where there is ice involved! You can run on the ice with them on and many runners do just that!
We hike rain, snow, or shine (Hence the special gear requirement). Click here for the forecast for the trail area we will be hiking!
Here are some suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.
There are 2 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan with the hike leader from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station .
DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for information and directions to the Centerville location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike
Hike is at 9:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time for Savage Station is 6:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time for Centerville is 6:45 a.m.
Important Winter Note for Hikes in SNP
Please call the park's recorded information line: (540)[masked], 1, 1 for the most current Skyline Drive status if there is any question about road conditions on the morning of the hike. If you have any questions, please contact our groups organizer, Kellie, at[masked] or the hike leader(s) at the number(s) at the bottom of this listing. Please note that while we do not have your phone number, you do have Kellie's and the leaders. Road conditions can change rapidly, often overnight.
Park Entrance Fee
Many of us have annual passes for Skyline Drive for up to 6 in the same vehicle, so if you ride or meet up at the entrance with someone that has one then it will be free for you to enter the park. Please make arrangement yourselves for this either via email or in the comment section below. The entry fee for Skyline Drive for all vehicles is $15 for a single car so I highly recommend making arrangements to carpool with someone who has a pass, OR, meeting up with one of us who has a pass near the entrance and ride in with them. Enough of us have passes, that you should not have to pay to enter the park.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike ONLY With Leader Approval Due to the Hike Difficulty. Please Contact the Leader Via Phone or E-Mail for More Information So That You Can Make An Informed Decision
Let's have good times and see you on the trail!