I was in the Northern District of Shenandoah National Park to hike another section of the Appalachian Trail as I slowly finish the trail through Shenandoah National Park. I have said before that I find the A.T. very boring through SNP, as it seldom hits the highlights of the park and often winds through the park within about 300 yards of the Skyline Drive. Others disagree - but really, I'd much rather be hiking the Staunton River Trail or Rocky Mountain Run Trail, or any of about 50 other trails, than the A.T. here.
I have a goal to day hike the entire AT in SNP, and then maybe to complete every mile of trail in each of SNP's three sections. I finished the Southern District over a decade ago before disinterest set in. I've been back over the past year to finish it up. It was easier back in the day, as I didn't have a dog and I could stash a bike at one end of my hike to ride back to my car. Now I walk the dog both ways.
|View from an overlook on the A.T. near the Tuscorora Trail.|
Heading north took me across the Skyline Drive and past signs to the Range View Cabin. Never stayed there, but know that the PATC guide states that it can be very cold in the winter. After a little bit of a climb, the dog and I crossed the Skyline Drive again and continued climbing. I passed a marker indicating the start of a side trail the, the start of the 252 mile Tuscorora Trail, which rejoins the A.T. just north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Want a really large loop hike? Here it is!) At the top of the mountain is the one great view of the hike, from some rocks just west of the A.T.
|A boardwalk crosses Jeremy's Run on the Elkwallow Trail.|
Because I had not been able to exercise since Harper's Ferry in August, this was a good length hike for me. I look forward to returning to the area this weekend, when I am camped at the Matthew's Arm Campground for some training.