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Sams Ridge (Rating: A)
This is a 10 mile circuit hike with 2000 feet of elevation gain in the central section of Shenandoah National Park. We will begin outside the park and climb steeply on the Sams Ridge trail. After the climb we will complete the circuit using the Catlett Mountain, Catlett Spur, White Rocks and Hazel River Trails. There are five stream crossings on the Hazel River trail. We will have lunch at a beautiful stream with a small waterfall. Leader: Ed Brimberg[masked](C) Meet: Centreville Park and Ride Lot @ 7:30am Carpool Fee: $6 (carpools are a must, limited parking at the trailhead) Park Entry Fee: $0 Rating: A ( Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. Map for hike: https: Driving Time to trail head: 70 minutes ****You must be experienced in hikes of this distance and elevation gain. There is significant uphill in the first couple of miles. We hike at a pace of[masked] mph. ****

Centreville Park & Ride Lot

14700 Lee Highway · Centreville, VA

Respond by: 5/27/2018

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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. See the NVHC Hiker Guide under the "Pages" menu for more details.


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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.


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.

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