Day and Overnight Hikes: Shenandoah National Park

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Menasha Ridge Press, May 14, 2014 - Health & Fitness - 218 pages
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This book presents more than 30 day hikes. Classic hikes, such as Rose River Loop and Whiteoak Canyon, are included. However, though the majority of these hikes are not as well known, they offer as much solitude and equally scenic sights––like Lost Cliffs and Furnace Mountain––as the more popular hikes. This will give you the opportunity to get back to nature on your own terms.

Often, park sightseers randomly pick a hike without knowing where it will lead, or they follow the crowds wherever they go. Choosing a hike at random in Shenandoah, where many trails drop steeply off the Blue Ridge, may result in a rigorous return to the car with no rewards to show effort.

Two types of day hikes are offered: one-way and loop hikes. One-way hikes lead to a particularly rewarding destination and return via the same trail. The return trip allows you to see everything from the opposite vantage point. You may notice more minute trailside features the second go-round, and returning at a different time of day may give the same trail a surprisingly different character. But to some, returning on the same trail just isn’t enjoyable. The loop hikes provide an alternative.

Most of the hikes offer solitude to maximize your Shenandoah experience, although portions of some hikes traverse potentially popular areas. It should also be noted that loop hikes are generally longer and harder than one-way hikes, but a bigger challenge can reap bigger rewards.

Day hiking is the best and most popular way to "break into" the Shenandoah wilderness. But for those with the inclination to see the mountain cycle from day to night and back again, this book offers ten overnight hikes with the best locales for camping. The length of these hikes–– three days and two nights––was chosen primarily for the weekend backpacker. Backpackers must follow park regulations and practice "leave no trace" wilderness-use etiquette.

Each day and overnight hike contains four key elements to help readers plan and enjoy the perfect trip:

• GPS-based trail maps
• GPS-based elevation profiles
• directions to the trailhead
• trail descriptions

Each trail description offers precise commentary on what to expect along the way and rates each hike for:

• scenery
• trail condition
• difficulty
• accessibility for children
• solitude

Designed to fit easily into a back pocket, this guide leads hikers and backpackers to sites of exceptional beauty and solitude.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Great Out and Backs
20
1 Compton Peak from Jenkins Gap
22
2 Big Devils Stairs
26
3 Piney River Falls
29
4 Hazel Falls
32
5 Marys Rock
35
6 Robertson Mountain
38
22 Buck RidgeBuck Hollow Loop
99
23 Rose River Falls Loop
103
24 Lewis Spring Falls Loop
107
25 HazeltopRapidan Camp Loop
111
26 Rocky Mount Loop
115
27 Rocky Mountain Loop
119
28 Patterson Ridge Loop
123
29 Falls Loop from Browns Gap
128

7 Whiteoak Canyon Falls
42
8 Cedar Run Falls
46
9 Hawksbill Summit
49
10 Bear Church Rock
52
11 Lost Cliffs
56
12 South River Falls
60
13 Hightop Peak
63
14 Furnace Mountain via Blackrock
66
15 Chimney Rock
69
16 Chimney Rock via Riprap Hollow
72
Great Day Loops
76
17 Falls of Overall Loop
78
18 Sugarloaf Loop
83
19 Little Devils Stairs Loop
87
20 Knob MountainJeremys Run Loop
91
21 Broad HollowPine Hill Gap Loop
95
30 Turk Branch Loop
132
Great Overnight Loops
136
31 Mount Marshall
138
32 Thornton River
144
33 Neighbor MountainJeremys Run
149
34 Hazel Country
154
35 Hughes River
160
36 Jones Mountain
165
37 Conway River
170
38 RockytopBig
175
39 Furnace MountainTrayfoot Mountain
180
40 Moormans River
185
About the Author
191
Index
193
About Menasha Ridge Press
199
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Johnny Molloy is an outdoor writer who averages over 100 nights in the wild per year backpacking and canoe camping throughout the U.S. He has written numerous books and articles for magazines and websites.

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