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This is the first event in our now classic Training Hike Series. This one is up Cedar Run, then further up to the highest point in Shenandoah National Park at Hawksbill, then down White Oak Canyon. If some of you want more, we can add on Franklin Cliffs or Old Rag (to be determined depending on participants). The leadership reserves the right to cut off a section or 2 for your safety if you can't keep up. Details will be posted over the next week or so, but wanted to get it on the schedule. My guess is it will be around 11 miles and around 3235' elevation gain without Old Rag, which we will in December.
Maps of each section are here:
http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/WhiteOakCedarRun/ and here:
Shenandoah National Park U.S. Department of the Interior National ... (http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/hawksbill_mtn_area_web.pdf)
Information on the Griffin Tavern is here:
I expect we will get to the Griffin between 3 and 4 PM. They will have a couple rooms set aside for us with some lunch specials such as Shephard's Pie. They also have a good selection of beer on tap and great wine menu.
For this large event, we will split up the group with the easier ascent going up White Oak Canyon and the more strenuous one going up Cedar Run Canyon. From there both groups will take Lower Hawksbill Trail up to Hawksbill Summit, at 4050' the highest point in Shenandoah National Park. We will descend down the Salamander Trail to the AT, make a right (north) and go back to Cedar Run Trail at Milepost 45.6, and down the opposite canyon you came up. Dinner is at the Griffin Tavern afterwards. So come one come all and get yourself into shape for our Extreme (and most beautiful) Hike Series next year for the Great Range Traverse, Presidential Traverse, Pemi Loop, and one or 2 others with a super secret new bonus trip that will blow you away!