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30 Miles – Shenandoah National Park – Appalachian Trail –Little Devils Stairs
Plan is to begin Friday night from Thorton Gap on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park and travel north along the Appalachian Trail about 1.5 miles to the Pass Mountain PATC hut. On Saturday, we will continue hiking north on the AT 13 miles to the Gravel Springs PATC hut. On Sunday, we will work our way back via Little Devils Stairs and up Hull School Trail to Beahms Gap.
Consider this a strenuous trip due to mileage and elevation changes on Sunday's portion. Also you will need to be prepared for cold weather nights (below freezing) including potential for snow and ice.
Other Key Information:
Plan on the following meals: two lunches, two breakfasts, one dinner and snacks. For those in the group that would be interested, we can arrange a pot-luck style dinner for Saturday night.
Water sources are fairly reliable at the shelters and there will be midtrail sources on Sunday. I would recommend a purification system - filter or UV and carry a couple liters while hiking.
As the weather is as predictable as a coin toss, please watch (and I will post) weather conditions as we approach the date. And if necessary, itinerary may be revised.
In case you need a ride or can offer one, let people know in the comments section.
Dogs are welcome on the trip. I will be bringing mine. It is the responsibility of the owner that the dog is trail experienced and well socialized with other dogs.
GPS and Directions to be posted later.
My Cell Phone: 949-680-7587 (Feel free to call with any questions.
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