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SNP Frozen WaterFalls: Whiteoak Canyon and Cedar Run Loop! A Strenuous 8 Miles

  • 6 days ago · 10:00 AM
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Holiday Weekend Frozen Waterfall Hike in SNP! Enjoy Numerous Frozen Waterfalls of Whiteoak Canyon, and Cedar Run in SNP with Optional Hawksbill Summit Add-On with Post Hike Meal

Option A: Whiteoak Canyon, Cedar Run Loop Strenuous  - A Strenuous 7.9 Miles  

Option B: Option A Plus an Addition Hike Up to the Magnificent 360 Degree Views Provided from Hawksbill Summit - A Very Strenuous 12 Total Miles

Get out of bed and onto the trail! We CHALLENGE you to get out of bed and enjoy this rare opportunity (hopefully) to see the waterfalls frozen. So, let's keep our fingers crossed and either way it will be an amazingly beautiful hike, frozen or not! In the warmer seasons, this is our natural waterfall hike and a picture from a past trip is our main photo on our home page. We will be passing and viewing, but not "ice climbing," the many waterfalls, with several very steep descents and ascents. Note that while this is a spectacular hike, it is strenuous and not for inexperienced hikers. Feel free to contact any member of our "leadership" team or Kellie, at[masked], for further information so that you can make an informed decision. The numbers are at the bottom of this event listing.

Keeping track of all the falls at Whiteoak Canyon is hard. There are six sequentially numbered falls, starting from the Blue Ridge and ending down at the base of the canyon. Whether or not you correctly count the falls, take this classic Shenandoah hike, for there are not only falls but also canyon views and everywhere-you-look beauty.

Special Winter Gear Requirement for this Hike — Traction Gear

Traction gear allows you to hike easily on ice. As a safety precaution, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group requires traction gear for certain hikes during the winter season. This requirement also helps us to enjoy hiking all four seasons! The most dependable/reliable traction equipment, in our opinion, is either Kahtoola MICROspikes® (MICROspikes® are available to MAHG members at a great price directly through MAHG -- Click Here for Details) or the brand STABILicers Hike XP. Brands that use springs are highly discouraged due to many experiences we have had with springs breaking and "clogging" with ice/snow. Traction gear also comes in handy for getting the mail or walking the dog, in addition to any other outdoor activity where there is ice involved. You can even run on the ice with them on! 

Kahtoola MICROspikes® are Once Again Available through MAHG this Season! 

Click Here Now to Order Your Member Discounted Pair of Kahtoola MICROspikes®!

ATTENTION!! In the market for traction gear? Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group proudly offers our members exceptional discounts forKahtoola MICROspikes®, purchased directly through MAHG! Click Here for More Information and How to Purchase Your Discounted Pair of MICROspikes®! OR contact the MAHG office at[masked]-5000. Not only will you receive the best price you are likely to find anywhere, but all proceeds go directly to support Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group and our mission. *Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization - Tax ID 47-5141831. Kahtoola, the manufacturer of MICROspikes®, recognizes and supports MAHG's mission and our valuable contributions to the community. For over nine years and counting and over 21K members strong, MAHG serves the community with over 5000 events, thousands of hours of stewardship service, and many educational opportunities. 

Hiker Tip — Be prepared for the possibility of unexpected icy segments on the trail by adding traction gear to your pack at the beginning of winter and leave them in your pack for the remainder of the season. 

Trail Information
Nearby City: Madison, VA
Length: 7.9 with option for total of 12 total miles
Trail Type: Circuit
Skill Level: Easy-Side-of Strenuous with Very Steep and Rocky Hills with Option for Very Strenuous
Trailhead Elev: 3625 Feet
Vertical Up: 2343 Feet
Vertical Down: 2405 Feet
Top Elev: 5669 Feet
Lowest Elev: 3563 Feet

Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.

Gear Suggestions
Click Here
 for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

Weather Information
We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Hike Pace
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.

Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

Carpool Suggestions and Information

Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.

Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. 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

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:30 a.m.

Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:15 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization'smission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and Donations ARE Tax DeductibleTax ID: [masked].

Fido is not welcome on this hike without the leader's permission due to how difficult this is for most dogs.

Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!


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  • John B.

    It was a beautiful day out for a hike. Thanks for leading, Greg! Here's my write-up:

    3 days ago

  • Greg R.

    I think we can say that this was our first spring hike of the year. We did see a little ice this morning - not quite frozen waterfalls, but no one was complaining about hiking in t-shirts. In addition to 60+ degree temperatures, we saw some wildflowers in bloom, and we were buzzed by flies. Sure sounds like spring. Thanks everyone for coming out. A special thanks to John for leading the group up to Hawksbill and back, and to Arlin for sweeping.

    6 days ago

  • Greg R.

    Anyone interested in carpooling from Centreville?

    February 14

    • Gabe Lhotse D.

      Ok great, I'll meet you there and if there isn't enough room I can always drive separate. Beige camry with MN license plate.

      February 17

    • KelleyB

      I'm sorry, I won't be able to make it after all. Enjoy the beautiful day!

      February 17

  • Stephanie

    I just signed up to join you guys tomorrow. Anyone have room for one more in a carpool? Is this even how it works? I saw some designated carpool areas - are these still available?

    February 17

    • Ross

      Where are you coming from?

      February 17

    • Stephanie

      SE D.C.

      February 17

  • Hilary

    Hi all! Is anyone driving from DC area? Would love to join, but will need a ride. Thank you!

    February 14

    • Hilary

      Thanks, but I'm in a similar position to Hiromi. Van Dorn is a little hard to get to, though I very much appreciate the offer! Pity that Metro doesn't start earlier, but I think I've got it worked out. Hope to see you on the trail :)

      February 16

    • Ross

      Hilary, if you still need an option how about meeting me at the Pentagon's Hayes Street Parking at 0745? Its off Army Navy Drive in Arlington and closest to the Pentagon City Metro . On the Way home I could drop you at the Vienna Metro or Van Dorn.

      February 17

  • Ross

    Anyone want to car pool from The Alexandria, Kingstowne, Springfield area?

    February 14

    • Greg R.

      Can you make it over to Rosslyn or Arlington by 7:30? I can swing up from Alexandria.

      1 · February 16

    • Ross

      How about meeting me at the Pentagon's Hayes Street Parking at 0745? Its off Army Navy Drive in Arlington and closest to the Pentagon City Metro. On the Way home I could drop you at the Vienna Metro or Van Dorn.

      February 17

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