Sunday, January 12
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
We’ll avoid the possibility of Skyline Drive being closed for bad weather by accessing this trail from the park perimeter. Upon RSVPing (see below), you will receive information on carpooling and parking.
We’ll access the Paine Run trail from the western side of the park. For the first couple miles, the trail has only a minimal elevation change, as it follows the path of an abandoned fire road. Along this initial stretch, the trail will cross the run (stream) on a couple of occasions. So bring extra dry socks! If the stream crossing is determined to be too risky, we will retrace our steps and hike along a section of the nearby Trayfoot Mountain Trail. Later, the trail steepens as we ascend toward the Appalachian Trail at Black Rock Gap, where we’ll break for lunch. We’ll head back out after lunch.
This is a 7.5 mile out-and-back hike with approximately 1,200 feet of elevation change. Our hike guide is Jere Bidwell, a highly experienced hiker and backpacker who has trekked extensively through Shenandoah National Park.
Please prepare for winter hiking and stream crossings. Hiking polls are recommended. Bring enough food and water for a full day outing.
Space is limited and registration is required. RSVP to Julie Shuren at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 293-2728.