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A drive, hike or camping trip to the Shenandoah skyline drive

  • Dec 1, 2012 · 9:00 AM
  • East Falls Church Metro

We will carpool from the East falls church metro station to the trailhead near Sperryville, on county road 614 (Keyser run road) and hike the Little Devil Stairs trail. Total distance is about 6 miles. Parts of it involve hiking over rocky, steep terrain, so it could be challenging to beginners. There are also several stream crossings, although due to lack of rain they should be pretty easy to manage. But if you are in decent shape and open to a little adventure it shouldn't be a problem. Optional drive on Skyline drive on way back to DC, provided it is open.

I strongly urge everyone to carpool from East falls church. It will be hard to manage the logistics otherwise (you might be better off going by yourself, in that case!). It is a long ways from the metro station (about 70 miles).

Maps of the trail at http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/LittleDevilsStairs/ Note that we will be starting at a different location from what is suggested there.

Also at http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/mathews_arm_area.pdf This one marks the parking lot where we will start.

Please dress in layers and bring enough water and a picnic lunch.

I expect the hike to take a total of 5 hours, including lunch. We should be back at East falls church by 6pm.

Please let us know if you are driving. I will need a ride myself.

Will send my cell number to all yes rsvp's on friday night.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interested in going on Sat if I can get a ride.

    November 29, 2012

  • Sankar

    Please let us know if you are driving! I will need a ride myself.

    November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    i want to go hiking this weekend within 1 hour of dc (if we don't have a tropical storm). shenandoah is too far, i think. i was thinking sugarloaf mtn, any other suggestions? i want to avoid places where hunting may be going on.

    October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good for you, Patty! ...FYI, SPRUCE KNOB is 1500 feet higher (elevation) than Shenandoah mountain... The summit of Spruce Knob is the highest point in West Virginia at an elevation of 4,863 feet!...so yeah, it's definitely one hell of a view!!! ...Here are two video-links showing off the beauty of Spruce Knob lake and Spruce Knob summit area... I hope this helps:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2N0H83MVR0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTWZ68FBQ7c

    October 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Patty, you still have one weekend to enjoy the awesome foliage before the weather gets so cold and the leaves start to turn icky brown. I was thinking of going to Spruce Knob Lake this coming weekend, but I'm having a car problem and I don't think I'll be able to drive around. So... you guys enjoy, wherever your final destination may be!

    October 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Uh..guys, it's gotta be soon as within 2 weeks all the trees will be balding!... I just got back from Ricketts Glen (adorned with 22 waterfalls!!!) and it was really awesome! ..The drive there was super eye pleasing and I met some really awesome happy people, I gave a demo of making a cool Swedish log-candle that lasted all night long without any liquid fuel, I even started our own campfire using super wet local firewood harvested from a local store that just had an overnight rainstorm, I cooked a yummy Hobo dinner+breakfast, and baked fluffy cornbread on a campfire using only tin-foil! (*it was my dream come true kinda campfire food that I've always wanted to do!), my morning coffee was superbly delicious with a glorious view of the lake, the meteor shower was spectacular, the amber red-yellow-copperish foliage surrounding the mountain all the way around the lake was jaw dropping amazing, and the weather was crazy nice! It's so gorgeous out there! Life is so short, spend it wisely!...

    October 23, 2012

  • Sankar

    I hope one of the organizers will be able to find the time and capability to do this soon. I wish I could do this soon but too many things going on. But if anyone proposes date and time please know that people would expect you to be responsible for hosting / leading it.

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Definitely interested in this! Hope we can do it when more leaves have changed color, but before it gets too cold. : )

    October 21, 2012

  • Veni

    Been wanting to do this!! Let's pick a date soon!

    October 20, 2012

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