The Austin and Furnace Mountains loop is one of the most strenuous day hikes in the Shenandoah National Park. Not only is the hike long, at over 13 miles, but the steep descent down the Austin Mountain ridge, and long climb up the exposed Furnace Mountain trail, make the 3000+ vertical feet of gain seem even that much harder.
We'll meet at Vienna at 8.15 and leave by 8.30.. Just keep in mind that metro doesn't start until 7.00 am in the weekends. If you need a ride from a nearby location- post in the comments section.
Things to bring:
Hiking boots, Microspikes and a head lamp.
At least 2 liters of water.
breathable clothes (dress in layers as needed).
Gas money for your driver ($10)
Money for dinner afterwards
A printed color map- located here and a compass(optional).
Map: Located here :
Note, this hike will be in the reverse direction of the above linked map.
The GPS co-ordinates for the trial head is 3[masked],[masked]. The hike will start at 10.30 a.m Sharp and will complete before sunset.