Event Category: Hike
Start Date: Wednesday, 10/2/2019
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Contact: David Caviness
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: 'David Caviness' via PATC Midweek Hikers
To: PATC Hikers
Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10:20:15 AM EDT
Subject: Hike Wed Oct 2nd. Keyser Run Fire Rd to Elkwallow Wayside
The hike this Wed (Oct 2nd) will be a 10.5mi 2,178ft gain hike from the Keyser Run Fire Rd parking area on SLD (MM19.3) to Elkwallow Wayside for lunch and Blackberry Ice Cream. And no, the hike leaders will not be providing the ice cream.
Starting at the Keyser Run Fire Rd parking area we go south on the AT to the Sugarloaf Tr. Descend the Sugarloaf Tr to Pole Link Bridge Tr and go back up to the AT on the Piney Branch Tr. We then take the AT south to Elkwallow Wayside for lunch. After lunch, we'll take the AT north all the way back to the to the Keyser Run Fire Rd parking area and our cars.
Driving Directions to Keyser Run Fire Rd Parking on Skyline Dr – MM 19.3
38.757363,-78.256745 Note: GPS may route you to Front Royal and the North Entrance of SLD. That route is 19.3mi on SLD vs.12.3mi if coming in via Thornton Gap.
I-66 west to exit 43A – RT29 south to Gainsville/Warrenton.
RT29 south (after 11 mi., bear Right and continue on 29 Business). Go through Warrenton following RT211 - 13.2mi.
Continue following RT211 through Warrenton head west to the Thornton Gap entrance of Skyline Drive – 34mi.
Take Skyline Drive NORTH and go to MM 19.3 Parking is on Right hand side.
Hike Starts at 9:10AM. Carpools will leave at 7:30AM from the parking lot at Fair Oaks Mall near the Cheesecake Factory and the Centreville Park-and-Ride lot. If you would like to carpool from these locations, just show up about ~15 minutes prior to the meeting time. Carpools should wait until the departure time before leaving.
Some people have established carpools already that meet at these locations and occasionally they have room for others. In the case where they do not have room for additional people, the other folks there can form their own carpools. In the case where there will be no room for one individual, that person would need to drive themselves.
Please do not send messages to this email list coordinating carpool rides, just follow the above procedure.