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SNP Hike! 10 Very Strenuous Brown Mountain - Rocky Mountain Run - Larait Trail!

  • Feb 8, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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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.

Trail Information

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!

Weather Information
We hike rain, snow, or shine (Hence the special gear requirement). Click here for the forecast for the trail area we will be hiking!

Gear Information
Here are some suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.

Carpool Information

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!

Whitney:[masked]

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  • Anita

    Great group; beautiful trail; thanks Whitney and Bill for leading; Rick and everyone else for taking turns sweeping; was a wonderful team spirit; enjoyed seeing everyone. Assaf-Good luck on your Mt.Rainier trip!

    February 9, 2014

  • Anita

    My hike experience hasn't ended yet; I'm still here; had an accident on skyline:-( Hope everyone else got home safe.

    February 8, 2014

    • Anita

      Guys my Facebook address is anita.sandberg3 if you want to connect. I wrote the experience on status there.

      February 9, 2014

    • Anita

      Also don't forget Pre-Valentines happy hour invite on Thursday at Quill in downtown D.C at 6:30-9:30 pm. Hope you can make it. Was lovely to meet and see everyone. I will carpool from now on;-) XO

      February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for coming out today, everyone! Really fun group. Though we had to change the hike plan slightly, I'm glad that we got to enjoy a little snow, a little sunshine, and some great views. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails again sometime soon.

    2 · February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi hikers, Skyline Drive is open south of mile post 31. This means our hike to Brown Mountain is ON! The Front Royal entrance (and possibly also the Thornton Run entrance) is probably closed, so please be sure to use the entrance at Swift Run Gap if you're coming from the DC area. See you all at the trailhead at 9!

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, folks, here's the deal! This hike to Brown Mountain is ON as scheduled. We'll start at 9:00 a.m. See above for directions to our starting point.

    Those planning to carpool from Centreville should still plan to meet at 6:00 a.m. I will call the Skyline Drive information line first thing tomorrow and will hopefully be able to let you all know by 6:00 a.m. whether the Drive is open. If it is, I'll see you at our meeting point at 9:00 a.m.

    If Skyline Drive is closed, I'll post the coordinates of the meeting spot for our replacement hike at Ashby Hollow. Ashby Hollow is only 1 hour's drive from Centreville, so if we have to go with Plan B we'll start hiking around 7:00 a.m.

    Please stay tuned here for the final announcement tomorrow AM.

    February 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Whoops - you're totally right. Meetup time from Centreville is 6:45!

      February 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      To clarify. Anyone meeting at Centreville should be there at 6:45 regardless of which hike we do. If Skyline Drive is open, we'll start hiking at 9. If it is not, we'll meet at Ashby Hollow (again, coordinates will be posted here tomorrow AM if necessary) at 7:45.

      February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meanwhile, please remember that traction gear will be required for all hikers - no exceptions! This is for your safety and the safety of the group. Drivers, please be sure everyone you transport has the appropriate gear; I'd hate to turn you away after driving all the way out to the trailhead.

    Lastly, if you do not have pre-approval for very strenuous hikes, you MUST email me with the hikes you've completed over the last two months (location, distance, elevation gain, approx. pace) by the end of today. Seth, Andrea, Imran, Assaf, and Paula, you're all set :). Everyone else without "pre-approval" designation, please email me by tonight or you'll be removed from the RSVP list!

    February 7, 2014

  • Julie L

    Whitney, am I correct that at this point.. as of Friday Morning.. the hike is on as scheduled. However, if I have the info right, we can not use Thornton Gap as Skyline Drive is closed miles 0-50. Instead must use Swift Run at mile 65? Just want to make sure I understood the Skyline Drive closures correctly.

    February 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's my understanding!

      February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,

    Today Skyline Drive is open from Miles[masked] (which is the stretch of the road that we'll need for this hike), though it looks like nearby towns are expecting a small amount of snow tonight. I'm working with Kellie to figure out whether we should take our chances and call the Skyline Drive hotline tomorrow morning or just plan to do the alternate hike. Stay tuned for more info!

    Whitney

    February 7, 2014

  • Assaf R.

    I'm going to the Centerville carpool through I495N, so anyone in the area of College Park/Silver Spring/Bethesda etc who would like to carpool to the carpool let me know :)

    February 4, 2014

    • Assaf R.

      I can probably just pick you up, I assume traffic in DC that early on a weekend shouldn't be an issue.

      February 5, 2014

    • Andrea H.

      Thanks! I'd appreciate the ride. I'll send you a message with my mobile number so that we coordinate logistics.

      February 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all, quick head's up (with more information to follow). I've been keeping an eye on the weather forecast and the status of Skyline Drive. It has been closed for the last few days due to snow and ice, and the forecast is calling for more precipitation over the next few days. Unfortunately, access to Skyline Drive is essential for this hike. If SD is closed tomorrow and Friday, I plan to offer an alternate hike of similar distance (likely Ashby Hollow, along the AT "Roller Coaster," which has a lot of elevation gain/loss and will be a great workout!). Would this be of interest to anyone? I'll announce the final plan on Friday.

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Paula

    Yes that would be of interest to me.

    February 5, 2014

  • Bill

    I will be at Centreville.

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, it's very likely that we'll run into ice and/or snow, so traction gear (i.e. Kahtoola Microspikes or STABILicers Originals) will be REQUIRED to join the hike. For your own safety and for the safety of the group, we will have to turn away anyone who does not have the proper traction gear at the trailhead. No exceptions. Please check out Kellie's awesome gear list (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/?trax_also_in_algorithm2=combo&traxDebug_also_in_algorithm2_cookied=combo&traxDebug_also_in_algorithm2_picked=combo&name=Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring) for information on gear for winter hiking, including traction gear.

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi hikers! I'm looking forward to a terrific hike on Saturday. Please note that all participants need to have "pre-approval for very strenuous hikes" status. If you are not yet pre-approved, please email me with the hikes (name, distance, elevation gain, and approximate pace) that you have completed in the last two months. Please contact me by Thursday afternoon at the latest so adjustments can be made to the RSVP list if necessary.

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone going on this hike near Baltimore? I'd like to go, but need a ride. I can meet at I70/Security. Will chip in for gas.

    January 27, 2014

  • Carmen

    OK, time to get my own spikes and try them out.

    1 · January 26, 2014

9 went

  • Bill
    . Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes!
  • Andrea H.
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes
  • Assaf R.
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes
  • Anita
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!
  • Imran L.
    Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

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