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3 Hikes Weekend, Backpacking 101
This is a 3-for-1 weekend on the mountain! Let's meet at Wolf Gap Campground on Friday night to camp out then go enjoy 2 great hikes on Saturday, Big Schloss and then Tibbet Knob. If the weather is good, we will do a sunrise and/or sunset hike as well. Backpacking and setting up camp at Big Schloss on Saturday to enjoy sunset/sunrise for those interested is also available as well, so something for everyone! You will learn to camp, backpack, hike and find out why our group enjoys the outdoors together so much! There are great views where we roam, and the camping at Wolf Gap Campground is free! We will leave on Sunday morning and go to Strickler Knob (across the Shenandoah Valley) to enjoy a strenuous hike to another gorgeous view, then compare notes on which view we enjoy the best at an optional post hike meal nearby on the way home! Lastly, since we will be car camping or backpacking close to DC, bring your gear for a Gear Swap. Please use the Comments to post what you may bring or what you are looking for. Strickler Knob info is here: Big Schloss is here: and Tibbet Knob is here: Please print off a copy of each map and trail description and bring it with you in a zip lock bag. So there you go, 3 of the best local hikes and views in our area, close to home and 2 good days and nights of exercise and fun...what more could you look in an end of summer trip?! For those of you wanting to learn more about camping and backpacking, here is your chance with options that make sense for your level as you can beg off once you get tired. This trip was immensely popular last year so sign up early! So let's go have some fun...locally before it cools off too much, so come out and get our bodies and outdoor equipment ready for Fall! Please see the email sent by Ginger Ninja for the updated Saturday Group dinner menu. For a discussion of gear and list of equipment click here: Jim's Backpacking 101: and a gear list here: Directions to Wolf Gap Campground Here: From Baltimore take Interstate 70 West to Frederick, MD, then US 340 South to Harper's Ferry, then take the right hand exit for the 4 lane version of US 340 South to Berryville, VA, Then VA 7 West to Interstate 81 South. Leave Interstate 81 at Exit 283, Woodstock, VA 42 (south of Front Royal and North of Edinburg.) Head West on VA 42 South, toward Columbia Furnace. 5.2 miles down VA 42, passing the large gray unmarked turkey processing plant on the left, and a store/gas station on the right, go Right on Union Church Rd. (toward St. Luke, on VA 768 to VA 623). Bear Left and downhill at the church, onto Back Rd. (VA 623). At the bottom of the hill, just before the bridge, turn Right on Wolf Gap Rd. (VA 675). After 2.6 miles, just after a trash dropoff point on your right, turn right to stay on VA 675, Wolf Gap Road. Follow it about 2 miles up the mountain. This is a narrow, winding section of the road and extra caution is advised. At the high point of the pass, just before you arrive in West Virginia, enter Wolf Gap Recreation Area on your right. I will reserve several sites out of the 9 available campsite as well as the group campsite on the left side of the road. So let's saddle up for our annual great Backpacking 101 up on the mountain close to town! -----------Car pool location, time and min fees------------- Location: Centreville Park N Ride. Time: 5pm Friday. Please secure a ride by posting your comments and coordinate among yourselves. Carpool ride is NOT free ride: please pay your driver min $10/pp: Making friends; Sharing gas cost :-) *If you can offer a ride: From where and how many you can take. *If you need a ride: From where or carpool Note, I will have to go to the campground earlier during the day to secure our campsites so you will have to coordinate your carpools yourselves, unless you can leave in the morning, then welcome to ride with me.

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