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White Oak Canyon and Cedar Run Trail (Rating: A+)
A 14.5 mile circuit hike with 4000 feet of elevation gain will start at the White Oak Canyon trailhead off route 600 and ascend to the AT using the White Oak Canyon Trail, and then go south, on the AT, then taking the Salamander Trail up to Hawksbill Mountain, and finally descending to the parking lot via Cedar Run Trail. Hawksbill, the highest point in SNP is included but can be bypassed as an option. The fast pace of 3 to 3.5 miles per hour will be maintained, and his hike is for experienced hikers capable of longer distances and higher elevations. Carpool fee $5. Park entry fee $25 per car for those without a pass. I intend to stop at several pools and water slides, so bring swimwear, towel, etc. if you want to participate. I encourage people to have fun in the water (I know I will!!). Only very experienced hikers will be allowed on this hike!! Estimated Speed:......... ~3. to ~3.5 mph (fast) Leaving Carpool Area...... Centreville Park and Ride at 7:00am Trailhead............Lower parking lot. GPS[masked],[masked] Start Hiking.... about 8:30am at trailhead Hike Leader..... David Kondner -[masked] Shelly at CP&R......916-[masked] Meetup at Centreville Park and Ride to form carpools and then drive to the trail-head. WE WILL LEAVE AT 7:15 AM so please arrive 10 minutes earlier. Directions to trailhead from CP&R:,+6168+Early+Autumn+Dr,+Centreville,+VA+20120/White+Oak+Canyon+Lower+Parking+Lot,+Chad+Berry+Lane,+Syria,+VA/@38.6538016,-78.1799366,10z/am=t/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b6449119065775:0x3d3e139d818567f2!2m2!1d-77.4552205!2d38.835952!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b4465012256ffd:0x75bf00a74a308a9a!2m2!1d-78.3491988!2d38.5394335!5i1 For more pictures, and a partial map of where we will hike (only shows 8 miles of the 14.5 mile route):

Centreville Park & Ride Lot

14700 Lee Highway · Centreville, VA

Respond by: 5/26/2018

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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.


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