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Furnace and Austin Mountain Hike (strenuous 13.3 mile)

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.
lunch/snack.
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 :

http://www.hikingupward.com/snp/austinfurnacemountains/images/Map.pdf

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Kirupa! Can't wait for the next one.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time!

    February 10, 2013

  • Jeremy

    Great meetup. The hike was well-planned and went smoothly - thanks Kirupa! Enjoyed meeting everyone!

    February 10, 2013

  • Darwin

    In Feb 14 some of us are going to meet in the city just to have fun, listen to music wile playing some pool have a cold one and grave a bite, this is not post here as an event its just friend going out kind of thing, if any of you will like to join us please do every one is welcome.
    If you have Facbook look here:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/599211993438362/
    If you don't them we will meet at this location on downtown DC.:
    Fast Eddys
    Bar & Grill · Sports bar
    1520 K Street NW, Washington, DC.
    at 7 pm.
    You can contact me any time at[masked]

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wondering if anyone is here at the v metro yet? Between the kiss ride and east lot

    February 9, 2013

  • Damien

    Hey guys, sorry but i won't be able to make it.

    February 9, 2013

  • Jeremy

    I have room for 2-3 more in my car. Will be at Vienna metro at 8:15 if anyone needs a ride..

    February 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jeremy, sorry for the late notice. I'd like a ride and can pitch in for gas, I'll be there at 8:15. However, if you have a full car, I can drive as well for anyone else. Just trying to keep miles off my car. See y'all tomorrow!

      February 8, 2013

  • Emil

    Not feeling well.

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i live in pentagon city, is there anyone who has a car living nearby..i soo wonna go but no means:(

    February 8, 2013

  • Chris L

    Have to stay close to home. Disappointed because this is a great hike, and Kirupa is leading it.

    February 7, 2013

    • Chris L

      First of all, I did not make you post this, but it was a good idea anyway! Second of all, I am on call this weekend, so you will be having more fun than me :) After this, how about we try Rocky Mount?

      February 8, 2013

  • Darwin

    CARPOOL: Don't forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride – be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message!!

    Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.

    Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.

    February 7, 2013

  • Jenne World T.

    Need a ride from Vienna to trail head

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live right off the orange line so I'd love to be able to just jump right on if possible. If there is room available in a vehicle I'd be a happy camper.

    February 7, 2013

  • Damien

    Hey I was wondering if anyone had space in their car. I can pitch in for gas and help drive.

    February 7, 2013

  • BGTrekker

    Have to work saturday :( Schedule this again in spring Kirupa, k?

    February 7, 2013

  • Chris L

    Good call meeting at the bottom rather than on Skyline Dr where most people start from.

    February 1, 2013

  • Darwin

    Guy's, I'll be backpacking Roaring Plains/Haystack Knob/Flat Rock Plains this weekend.
    Damn you Kirupa for posting this hike when I can not do it.

    February 1, 2013

  • Matt T.

    Sorry, can't make this one!

    February 1, 2013

  • Darwin

    Backpacking Roaring Plains/Haystack Knob/Flat Rock Plains

    February 1, 2013

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