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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Big Schloss Rating:
By Jennifer C. , hiked on: 2/24/2015
Well, the solitude factor did not apply today, we didn't see anyone else the entire hike. The temperature stayed below freezing, but we layered well, so it was not a problem. The snow was deep, any where between an inch to two feet. I did where waterproof boots and storm socks, so this was not such a problem either. It took us approximately an hour and 20 minutes to get from th ... more >>>

The Peak Rating:
By , hiked on: 2/7/2015
I left for this hike from Tysons Corner, VA, along with two friends. We had weighted packs for extra physical training and departed around 5:30 AM. At around 8:00 AM we arrived at the trailhead and began The Peak trail. Two of us having done this in early March last year, we were somewhat expectant of what this one entailed. The first half to three quarters of the hike is relat ... more >>>

The Peak Rating:
By Jordan D , hiked on: 2/7/2015
Three of us departed Tysons Corner, VA at around 5:30 AM to complete The Peak hike for the second time, almost a year after our previous trial. We arrived at the trailhead early, about an hour after sunrise. All of us were wearing packs with extra weight to get a better workout. The first half of this hike is a relative breeze to run through. If you're trying to get this one do ... more >>>

Tinker Cliffs/Andy Layne Trail Rating:
By G.Zanatakos , hiked on: 2/11/2015
Overall decent hike, steep areas. I would suggest going later in the year when its more dry. The trail was very muddy. Its comparable to Dragons' Tooth. If you're looking for good view and a challenging hike, this one is for you. Not recommended for children. ... more >>>

Humpback Rocks Rating:
By Ken D , hiked on: 2/12/2015
I hiked the extended AT South trail, followed the AT North on the return trip until it joined the Albright Loop Trail, and then climbed Dobie Mountain to return to the parking lot. The total distance was a shade shy of 12 miles. The trail up to Humpback Rocks had 3 portions that were covered with several inches of ice. The first two are pretty easily bypassed but even the detou ... more >>>

Bear Church Rock Rating:
By Good ol' boys , hiked on: 2/6/2015
This is a very pleasant hike (unless you ate a greasy breakfast burrito from Sheetz beforehand), and the scenery is nice. Good views of the rivers (more like creeks) along the entire way, and the overlook is peaceful. We found a great primitive campsite at a confluence of two streams (38.459895, -78.391915) on trail-right that can accommodate 4-6 small tents. We made camp here ... more >>>

Signal Knob Rating:
By TessaK , hiked on: 2/8/2015
On this particular day, this hike would get a 1 for solitude, as i ran into more then 30 people. Most of those were a group of boy scouts training for Philmont and things quieted down once I passed them. I also found it jarring to see a transformer station and cell tower on the top. There were some nice views nearby though. There were icy stretches here and there, and the grave ... more >>>

 

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Shenandoah National Park

Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park will close periodically due to inclement weather such as ice and snow. If you are planning a hike this winter make sure to call the park’s recorded information line for the most current Skyline Drive status.

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2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial
In 2015, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Mountain Club of Maryland will host the next Biennial Conference of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to be held at the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., adjacent to Interstate 81.

  • Video describing key points of the event
  • PATC is seeking volunteers to help with the conference planning, to lead hikes and excursions, to help with registration, and many other needs. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and return this form.

MD, NC, VA and WV Hunting Seasons 2014-2015
Hunting seasons are getting underway, and it's important to take extra precautions when hiking this time of the year. Things to remember:
  • Hunting is not permitted in most National Parks, and is permitted on most Wildlife Management, and National Forestry Service lands.
  • Most small game seasons start Oct 25, with large game season on Nov 24. Check the links below for the specific dates in your area.

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Wild - by Cheryl Strayed

Partial review from Dwight Garner, The New York Times:
"“...Wild” recounts the months Ms. Strayed spent, during the summer of 1995, when she was 26, hiking alone on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State..."
"...The clarity of Ms. Strayed’s prose, and thus of her person, makes her story, in its quiet way, nearly as riveting an adventure narrative as Jon Krakauer’s two “Into” books: those matey fraternal twins, “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air...”


A Walk For Sunshine - by Jef Alt

Amazon.com Review
Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humorous, frightening, and inspirational stories including, bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. As Alt walked on through freezing temperatures, driving rain, and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy. Alt's adventure inspired an annual fundraiser which has raised over $150,000 for the Sunshine Home where his brother lives.


The Mid-Atlantic Hiker's Guide: West Virginia - by Michael V. Juskelis

Michael Juskelis’ dedication to the outdoors, as well as decades and many thousands of miles of hiking experience, is in evidence throughout his new guide to a selection of West Virginia’s most beautiful trails.

With 64 backpacking and day hikes this new West Virginia hiking guide is a must have for old-salt hikers looking for that new route, as well as the beginner trying to find an easier hike with gorgeous scenery.

  • Detailed reviews of the trails
  • Trail directions, including important landmarks such as camping, water sources, and view points
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  • Trail coordinates
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