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New Meetup: Hazel River (SNP) dayhike

From: Dominic F.
Sent on: Monday, December 6, 2010 11:36 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Washington Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Hazel River (SNP) dayhike

When: Sunday, December 19,[masked]:30 AM

Price: $10.00 per car

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

I'm revisiting some old favorite hikes that I've not been to in over a year...it's been a theme since Halloween. This is the last of them.... so as to start off clean with the new year.(and this will also be crossposted with the Baltimore dayhike group)

The stats: 11 mi, 5 hrs, 2150 feet elevation gain.

The writeup: This is a strenuous 10.4 mile loop through the heart of what is known as Hazel Mountain Country. It was the last heavily settled area before it became part of the Shenandoah Nation Park. Contrary to what I’ve read, I find the trails to be enjoyable with nice views (probably best in the winter and early spring) along Sam’s Ridge and White Rocks Trails, scenic Hazel River and a waterfall and cave to visit as a focal point of the trip.

This all comes at some costs. There is a total elevation gain of over 2100 feet for the entire circuit. At one point you’ll climb over 500 feet in less than 0.5 miles only to find three more false summits before you. There are 5 crossings of Hazel River not counting the one at the headwaters. These are negotiable but can be quite tricky when the water is high. Check your personal gas tank before you make the rapid 0.2 mile descent to visit the falls and cave. Remember you have to climb back up.

Fido is welcome on this hike.

NOTES: 1) we're starting a bit early, due to earlyu sunset. Also: SNP is closing the Skyline Drive daily at 5 pm during the winter. We need to be gone before that.
2) $10/car winter fee, unless you have a park pass
3) We'll meet at the trailhead (which is a small parking lot off Skyline Dr.
4) Carpools: Will be set up later. I'm guessing Vienna metro lot for DC follks, and a MD area MARC station for Bmore. Will post more later.
5) NO COTTON. Couple stream crossings on this one.
6) Lunch is always an option afterwards.
7) Snow or heavy rain canceles. drizzle does not.

My cell is[masked] 7280.

RSVP to this Meetup:
http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/calendar/15656497/

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