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Join us as we trek along the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Shenandoah National Park to some of the parks best winter vistas. Beginning at Pinnacles Picnic Area, we hike south on the AT where we will take in westerly views from the ridge that are typically hidden by leaves in the summer. We will then pick up the Passamaquoddy Trail around Stony Many Mountain and begin the ascent to the summit. At the top we’ll enjoy picturesque 270’ vista of the Valley from 4,000 feet up. With inspiring new selfies to share, we will return via the AT to Pinnacles and regroup back to Vienna.
Distance: ~ 10 miles
Please note this strenuous summer hike. Hikers are expected to be prepared for high summer temperatures and have necessary gear to ensure their safety. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Where to Meet: Vienna Metro – North Parking (https://goo.gl/maps/wDXWdeji8Yq)
Carpool Time: 8:15am
Please arrive at the carpool location by 8:15am to arrange carpools and leave for the trailhead by 8:30am.
What to Bring: Hikers are encouraged to pay attention to the forecast and take into consideration the temperature and factors such as wind and rain. Please contact the hike leader if you have questions.
• Minimum 2L of water
• Lunch and snacks
• Sturdy hiking shoes
• Warm weather gear (hat, lip balm/sunscreen, bug spray)
• Hiking gear (poles, rain gear)
Parking: Free at metro stations on Sundays. We will carpool from Vienna where there is ample parking. It’s a 1 hr 45m drive to the Skyline Drive/Thornton Gap entrance, and to the Pinnacles Picnic Area.
Travel Directions to Trailhead: Take I-66 W, US-29 S and US-211 W to Sperryville and continue 5 miles to the Thornton Gap entrance to SNP. Trailhead at Pinnacles Picnic Area is at MM 36.7.
For those meeting us at the trailhead, please arrive by 9:45am.
Contribution and Costs: Park fee is $25 per car or free if you have a National Parks Pass or Senior Pass. There is a $10 recommended contribution for carpool drivers.
Contact: For questions please contact Faizan ([masked]) or call[masked]