Join us for a scenic fall 7.5 mile out and back hike up to the top of the Massanutten Ridge. We’ll begin our hike in Fort Valley and hike through Veach Gap in the George Washington National Forest. Before we begin our ascent up to the ridge we’ll cross a small stream and look out for anticline rock formations where strata of ancient rock were pushed to the surface and buckled to form the mountain. Along our way we’ll look for signs of the changing season and wildlife as we pass through hardwoods, a pine grove, and up through a recent burned area. Once at the top of the ridge we’ll enjoy views of the windy Shenandoah River with the mountains of Shenandoah Nat’l Park as a backdrop. After the hike we’ll stop at Happy Creek Coffee & Tea in Front Royal for some warm food and drink.
Difficulty: Moderate, with rocky terrain and steep climbs
Distance: ~ 7.5 miles total
Where to Meet: Vienna Metro – North Parking https://goo.gl/maps/HdqUdjE7Viq
Carpool Time: 8:15am
Please arrive at the carpool location by 8:15am to arrange carpools and leave promptly for the trailhead by 8:30am.
Please read: Preparing for a Group Hike (https://www.meetup.com/OutdoorMuslims/pages/27676653/Preparing_for_a_Group_Hike/)
What to Bring: Hikers are encouraged to pay attention to the forecast and plan for fluctuating temperatures and factors such as wind and rain. Please contact the hike leader if you have questions.
• Minimum 2L of water
• Lunch and snacks
• Cold weather hiking gear (jacket, hat, and gloves)
• Sturdy hiking shoes
• Extra pair of socks
• Rain gear
• Preferred hiking gear (poles)
Location Specific Weather Forecast: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.811680000000024&lon=-78.45093999999995#.W7ulGWhKjD4
Parking: Free at metro stations on Sundays. We will carpool from Vienna where there is ample parking. It’s a 1.5 hour drive to trailhead where there is a parking lot.
Travel Directions to Trailhead: For those meeting us directly at the trailhead. From VA678/Fort Valley Rd, turn onto VA774/Veach Gap Rd. where it crosses a small concrete bridge and becomes dirt for 0.8 miles, At the end of VA774 there will be a parking area. Please see link below for exact locations. https://goo.gl/maps/nWpL7P8RWe92
Contribution and Costs: There is a $10 recommended contribution for carpool drivers.
Contact: For questions please contact Faizan ([masked]) or call[masked]