Lee Sheaffer's Hikes of the Month

One of the Potomac Appalachian's most popular features, Lee Sheaffer's 'Hike of the Month' has appeared each month beginning in January of 2010.

Over the years, we have published hikes ranging from a casual 2.5 miles to a strenuous 10 miles, all around the mid-Atlantic region served by PATC.

Because you asked to see it, we are now publishing this index to those hikes.  Pick a hike from the list below, and click on the publishing date to be able to open the newsletter in which the hike was published, or click on the PATC Map name to buy a trail map of the area to help navigate these hikes, or to create your own!  


 Published  State   Name   PATC Map   Distance   Elevation Change   Difficulty * 
 Aug 2015  NC  Pilot Mountain State Park  n/a  7.0  1530  146.4
 Jul 2015  WV  Spruce Knob to Seneca Creek Backpacking Trip  n/a  25.0  n/a  n/a
 Jun 2015  VA  Mount Pleasant  Map 13  6.7  1,620  147.3
 May 2015  WV  Coopers Rock State Forest  n/a  10.0  1,740  186.5
 Apr 2015  VA  McAfee Knob  n/a  7.4  2,005  172.3
 Mar 2015
 WV  Lost River State Park
 n/a  5.2  1,385  121.2
 Feb 2015  VA  Humpback Rocks
 Map 12
 6.4  1,640  144.9
 Jan 2015
 PA  1,000 Steps
 n/a  6.6  1,695  149.6
 Dec 2014  VA  Jawbone Gap, Massanutten Mountains  Map G  4.5  825  86.2
 Nov 2014  VA  Loft Mountain, Shenandoah National Park  Map 11  6.5  1,150  122.3
 Oct 2014  MD  Sugarloaf Mountain  n/a  5.5  1,530  129.7
 Sep 2014  VA  Bull Run Mountain Conservancy, Virginia  n/a  5.0  1,095  104.6
 Aug 2014  VA  White Oak Canyon - Cedar Run Loop, Shenandoah NP  Map 10  9.0        2,475  211.1
 Jul 2014  WV  Trout Pond: GW National Forest  Map F  5.0  740  68.6
 Jun 2014  VA  Buzzard Rock: Massanutten Mountains   Map G  6.1  1,460  133.5
 May 2014  PA  Appalachian Trail: Dead Woman Hollow Loop  Map 2-3  4.5  620  74.7
 Apr 2014  VA  Morgan's Road: Massanutten Mountains  Map G  7.0  1,720  155.2
 Mar 2014  VA  Appalachian Trail Route 605 North  Map 8  4.0  870  83.4
 Feb 2014  VA  Scott's Run Nature Preserve  Map D  5.0  720  84.9
 Jan 2014  VA  First Manassas Trail, Manassas NBP  n/a  6.0  505  77.8
 Dec 2013  PA  AT from Shippensburg Road to Milesburn Cabin  Map 2-3  8.0  945  123.0
 Nov 2013  VA  Great Falls Park, Virginia  Map D  6.0  535  80.1
 Oct 2013  VA  AT - North and South Marshall Mountain, SNP  Map 9  8.0  1,790  169.2
 Sep 2013  PA  Tuscarara Trail North of Route 30, Buchanan State Forest  Map K  7.0  845  108.8
 Aug 2013  VA  Hawksbill Loop, Shenandoah National Park  Map 10  5.0  1,045  102.2
 Jul 2013  VA  Wolf Trap Trail  n/a  2.5  335  41.0
 Jun 2013  VA  Stony Man Loop: Shenandoah National Park  Map 10  4.8  985  91.0
 May 2013  MD  Fall Line Section of the Rachel Carson Greenway Trail  n/a  4.0  300  49.0
 Apr 2013  VA/WV  Big Schloss; GW National Forest  Map F  4.5  1,365  122.5
 Mar 2013  VA  Tuscarora/Sherman Gap Loop, Massanutten Mountains  Map G  7.5  2,050  174.3
 Feb 2013  VA  Turkey Run/Dead Run Loop  n/a  3.9  520  63.7
 Jan 2013  VA  Appalachian Trail near Sky Meadows State Park  Map 8  7.5  1,200  134.2
 Dec 2012  VA  The Loops of Dickey Ridge: Shenandoah National Park  Map 9  4.5  955  92.7
 Nov 2012  MD-WV  Harpers Ferry  Map 7  5.8  1,375  126.3
 Oct 2012  VA  Appalachian Trail: McCormick Gap to Calf Mountian Shelter, SNP  Map 11  7.1  1,830  161.2
 Sep 2012  PA  Tuscarora Trail in Tuscarora State Forest  Map J  8.5  2,395  201.8
 Aug 2012  VA  Blackrock, Shenandoah National Park  Map 11  4.5  1,115  100.2
 Jul 2012  VA  Duncan Knob, Massanutten Mountains  Map G  5  1,185  108.7
 Jun 2012  MD  Cunningham Falls State Park  Map 5-6  9  1,785  179.2
 May 2012  VA  Wildcat Ridge-Rip Rap Loop, Shenandoah National Park  Map 11  9.8  2,290  211.9
 Apr 2012  VA-WV  Ravens Rock Appalachian Trail: Northern Virginia  Map 7  6  1,645  140.5
 Mar 2012  PA  Rugged Beauty on the Tuscarora Trail: Tuscarora Mountain  Map K  9  1,850  182.5
 Feb 2012  VA  Compton Peak, Shenandoah National Park  Map 9  5  1,385  117.7
 Jan 2012  DC  Rock Creek Park  Map N  7     840  108.4
 Dec 2011  WV  Half Moon Mountain GW National Forest  Map F  8  1,735  166.6
 Nov 2011  VA  Maneka Peak, Massanutten Mountains, GW National Forest (short)  Map G  8  1,995  178.7
 Nov 2011  VA  Maneka Peak, Massanutten Mountains, GW National Forest (long)  Map G  10  2,280  213.5
 Oct 2011  PA  Tuscarora Trail over the Florence J. Reineman Wildlife Sanctuary  Map J  4     575    67.8
 Sep 2011  MD  Appalachian Trail, Fox Gap to White Rocks Loop  Map 5-6  7  1,690  153.8
 Aug 2011  PA  A Hike with Ice Cream, Appalachian Trail - Pine Grove Furnace  Map 2-3  8  1,345  146.7
 Jul 2011  VA-WV  Tibbet Knob, GW National Forest  Map F  6  1,525  135.3
 Jun 2011  VA  Little Devils Stairs/Piney Branch Loop, Shenandoah National Park  Map 9  8  2,025  180.0
 May 2011  VA  Jones Run/Doyles River Loop, Shenandoah National Park  Map 11  8  1,780  168.8
 Apr 2011  MD  Billy Goat Trail at C&O National Historical Park  Map D  3.2     270    41.6
 Mar 2011  VA  Mary's Rock, Shenandoah National Park  Map 10  6.4  1,855  154.1
 Feb 2011  VA  Prince William Forest National Park  n/a  8     785  112.1
 Jan 2011  DC  The Key Chain Loop  n/a  9     350    79.4
 Dec 2010  MD  Appalachian Trail, Route 491 to High Rock  Map 5-6  8  1,895  174.1
 Nov 2010  VA  Big Meadows Waterfall Loop, Shenandoah National Park  Map 10  8  2,400  196.0
 Oct 2010  VA  Buck Hollow, Bucks Ridge Loop, Shenandoah National Park  Map 10   5.8  1,720  141.3
 Sep 2010  WV  Tuscarora Trail, Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area  Map L  4     500    63.2
 Aug 2010  VA  Fridley Gap, South Massanutten Mountains  Map H  7  1,890  162.7
 Jul 2010  PA  Chimney Rocks, Appalachian Trail  Map 4  7  1,365  138.2
 Jun 2010  WV  Shockeys Knob Loop, Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area  Map L  8  1,395  149.4
 May 2010  VA  It's a Flower Thing: Appalachian Trail, G. Richard Thompson WMA  Map 8  6  1,060  112.8
 Apr 2010  MD  Controversy with a View: Weverton Cliffs and Ed Garvey Shelter  Map 5-6  6  1,459  132.3
 Mar 2010  VA  The Pinnacles, Great North Mountain Tuscarora Trail  Map L  6  1,660  141.1
 Feb 2010  VA  Frozen Waterfall of Overall Run, Shenandoah National Park  Map 9  9  2,230  200.3
 Jan 2010  VA  Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park  Map 10  8.2  2,510  202.9 


* Difficulty is calculated as the square root of [Distance in miles x Elevation change in feet x 2]