Furnace Mtn.-Austin Mtn. Circuit Hike
Mar 30 (Sat)
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Length: 13.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 3000 feet
The advent of Daylight Savings Time allows us to access the scenic Southern Section of Shenandoah National Park. This very strenuous hike offers great views and varied terrain, particularly along the Austin Mountain Trail, the Furnace Mountain Summit and the spectacular Blackrock summit. The 13.5-mile circuit hike with approximately 3000 feet of elevation gain is for experienced hikers only. Long sections of the trail include hiking along talus (broken rock) slopes. We will traverse this circuit in the opposite of the usual direction, hiking south on the Appalachian Trail to Blackrock summit, then heading out to Furnace Mountain and returning via Austin Mountain.
Bring water, lunch, bug spray, sunscreen and about $20 for transportation, admission and trip fees. We will stop at the Sheetz in Madison, VA on our way to the trailhead, where you can buy made-to-order sandwiches for lunch. We plan to stop for dinner at the very friendly Giovanna's in Madison on the way back.
Due to the length of the both the hike and the drive down, we likely will not get back to the East Falls Church Metro station until after 9:30 p.m.
Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the East Falls Church Metro Kiss & Ride lot.
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