2012 Trip Reports
On Sunday, December 23, Holly and I set off on a very cold morning and hiked a 10 mile loop to beautiful 360 degree views at an abandoned lookout tower on Kennedy Peak, a part of Massanutten Mountain.
Dave hiked to the overlooks on Bird Knob after a month of illness and even hospitalization.
Holly and I took our sons and my nephew on a hike to Duncan Knob in the George Washington National Forest. With 1,400' of elevation gain in 1.4 miles the trail isn't exactly easy, but the fun of climbing the talus field at the top and the views from the summit make the hard hike up quickly forgotten.
Holly and I wanted to get out for a hike but we didn't want to go far from home so we drove to Carrol County and hiked in Union Mills, MD.
My son and I camped along the Gandy Creek in the Spruce Knob Recreational Area of the Mon. He's heard me tell tales of the Dolly Sods but has never been there before so on our way home we took a trip up FR 19 and did some rock scrambling in the Bear Rocks Preserve.
Holly and I like to explore one place each summer that is out of our normal hiking area. Last year we flew to the west coast and played in the Sierras. This year we went to the Catskills in New York. We intended to hike the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide mountains loop, which is one of the most difficult hikes in the Catskills. We didn't do it, and you can find out why by reading this trip report.
Holly and I visited the New Jersey state high point. My 5th high point! I'm now a high pointer!
On July 28 I took a 10 mile hike in the George Washington National Forest in West Virginia. The highlight of the trip was the views from White Rocks. They offer one of the most amazing views in the whole GWNF!
A friend of the family just made Eagle Scout and is preparing for a trip to the Philmont Scout Reservation, so I took him backpacking this weekend on Canaan Mountain in West Virginia. We should have known bad things would happen on Friday the 13th...
100 degree heat made us move out hike from Shenandoah to the Roaring Plains, where the 1500' extra elevation meant we were hiking in 70 and 80 degree weather. We did an 8 mile loop in the Roaring Plains, using the South Prong Trail, FR 70, and the Boars Nest Trail.
We hiked this 0.3 mile loop while watching the sunset from the Pass Mountain Overlook.
Betty's Rock was a nice warmdown after the Piney Branch Ridge Loop and it has some great views of Hawksbill, Stony Man, Massanutten, and the Shenandoah Valley around Luray.
Holly and I hiked an 8.8 mile loop using the Piney Branch and Piney Ridge Trails, as well as some other trails. The Piney Branch canyon is next to the Little Devil Stairs canyon, and if the Little Devil Stairs is the bully on the block, then Piney Branch is the beautiful girl next door.
Holly and I hiked the Veach Gap trail and camped overnight at an amazing overlook of the Shenandoah Valley.
Holly and I hiked the Little Devil's Lollipop, starting at Skyline Drive, going down the Little Devil Stairs, and coming back up the Keyser Run fire road.
On April 7, we left home at 2am and began hiking Old Rag at 4:30am. We watched the sunrise from near the top of the mountain and completed 10 miles before noon.
On a 70 degree day in the middle of February we hiked to Buzzard Rock in the George Washington National Forest near Front Royal, Virginia. This two mile hike is short but gets steep at the end as it climbs to the mountain ridge.