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Indian Grave Ridge Trail to Veach Gap (Rating: A)
A Level Hike (This qualifies as A+ but it's more like a difficult A hike). Geo. Washington National Forest near Luray, VA. 14.2mi and ~2,800ft of elevation Gain. This hike is only suitable for those who have recently completed a hike of similar length and elevation gain. The hike pace will 2.5-3 mi per hour. Moderate to fast - both uphill and down. ***We will meet up at Centreville Park and Ride to form carpools and then drive to the trail-head. WE LEAVE AT 7:00AM so please arrive a few minutes before 7:00AM*** Photo Credit: Lisa This hike sadly will not allow dogs due to the terrain difficulties and number of hikers. Dog policy is at https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy ***Bring a minimum of 3 liters of water, good hiking shoes, as the terrain is difficult, and bug repellent. It will be hot and there is no opt out trail on this hike***** This definitely is not a hike where we will race through it because safety is a concern and making sure our fellow hikers enjoy the experience is important. Pace is about 2.5-3 mph (not on elevation gain, difficult terrain, or where it isn't safe). If this speed is not conducive to your hiking level please know that I do not hike any slower or faster than this pace so please consider another hike. PLEASE PRINT OUT ANY MAPS THAT YOU THINK YOU MAY NEED AS I DO NOT PROVIDE COPIES OF MAPS. ALL THE LINKS AND COORDINATES YOU WILL NEED ARE BELOW. We will promptly leave at 7:00 am so please arrive on time. I am driving a Grey Mazda CX-5. I do recommend that you do a pit stop someplace along the way before you get to the location as there is no restrooms at the trailhead. If you are meeting us at the trailhead please be there by 9:00 am. The GPS coordinates to the trailhead are: (to map your own route)[masked],[masked] Google Map link from Centreville Park and Ride to trailhead, which is about 162 miles round trip: https://goo.gl/maps/2PWhxHSyRNL2 Helpful link for reference to where we will hike, rough distance, trail path, and the map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SJ90ZuW_7Rr-ZmHHHHjehyajLsWNpES9 Rating: A (http://www.meetup.com/NVHC-Hiking/pages/NVHC_Hike_Rating_System_Explained/) Leader: Devon A Stoney (202)[masked] Suggested Carpool Fee: $10.00 per person Shared Park Entry Fee: $0 ****You must be experienced in hikes of this distance and elevation gain. We hike at a moderate to fast pace**** MEMBERS MAY ONLY BRING ONE GUEST

Centreville Park & Ride Lot

14700 Lee Highway · Centreville, VA

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The Northern Virginia Hiking Club (NVHC) offers a range of hikes of various difficulty levels in Virginia, Maryland, DC, and beyond. The club also offers other outdoor events occasionally. NVHC members reflect the rich diversity of the Washington DC Metro area. Annual membership fee is $5. Guests are welcome and enjoy a month’s free participation in the club events. NVHC is a nonprofit organization and donates much of the fees it collects to local parks and trail maintenance organizations (nearly $9,000 over the last three years). See the NVHC Hiker Guide under the "Pages" menu for more details.

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DIFFICULTY RATINGS

NVHC hikes are assigned difficulty ratings. A combination of linear distance and elevation gain is used to determine the rating, with 400 feet of elevation gain considered to be equivalent of 1 mile of linear distance. With the “miles” derived from elevation gain added to the linear distance, following are the ratings:

A: Difficult (13 miles or more, with linear distance and elevation gain “miles” added together)
B: Moderately Difficult (Between 10 and 13 "miles")
C: Moderate (Between 7 and 10 "miles")
D: Easy (Less than 7 "miles")

For example, a nine-mile hike with 1,000 feet of climbing would be rated B (9 + 2.5 = 11.5).

Elevation loss is not measured in this system. Also, the difficulty rating is separate from the pace of the hike, which is determined by the leader, and is usually specified in the individual hike descriptions.

RSVP ETIQUETTE

Often there are limits on the number of participants on NVHC events, set by our leaders. This creates wait lists on Meetup. If you find yourself in this situation, we request that you keep in mind the interest of the leaders and your fellow hikers, and follow the guidelines below:

- If you RSVP’d “yes” for a hike, change your RSVP to “no” as soon as you decide not to go, so that someone else can go.

- If you RSVP’d “yes” to overlapping events on the same day, decide on one as soon as possible, and change your RSVP to “no” for all others.

- If you are on a wait list and decide not to go, remove yourself from the list.

DOGS ON HIKES

Dogs are welcome on NVHC hikes at the discretion of the hike leader. Several restrictions apply including advance notification to the leader, dogs being well behaved, and their being kept on a six foot leash. See dog policy located at [ https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy ] for details.

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