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Old Rag Aficionado’s Hike – Beginners Welcome (Attempt #2)

Jenna Margaret Hauger

Hello fellow Old Rag lovers! (If you were wondering, that picture is indeed the Old Rag trail in January) Did your professors assign final projects instead of final exams, and now you have way too much free time during finals week? Or if you do have finals, would you like to procrastinate with me? If you answered yes, then perhaps …

You’ve hiked humpback… but have you hiked it in the dark without shoes??

Melu Tershark

Hey friends! Feeling brave, calloused, and nocturnal? Want to start breaking in your summer shoes as the sun descends into the night? Want to do it with friends!? Join Cam & I on a barefoot adventure to our glorious Humpback Rock to appreciate the sunset! Since it’s a short hike, we figured it’d be a great one to try without …

Bear Fence Sunset

Joseph Abbe

Who: Joseph Abbe What: Sunset When: May the force (be with you) Where: Bearfence mountain Why: To stare at a ball of fire in the sky Do you also have a final on the first day that you don’t feel like studying for? Me too. It’s at 2pm so I can do that day of. So why not go out …

take a break from studying for gorgeous sunset viewz + picnic!!

Jenny Schilling

Take a little break from studying to bop on up to Hawksbill Summit: a super quick 1.5-mile out and back trail that is relatively steep on the way up but should allow for a nice distraction from the stress of finals. I’m thinking we acquire some foods from Trader Joe’s, get to the summit a little before sunset, have a …

Thursday Humpback sunrise

Max StClair

As the sun comes up earlier and earlier, this marks our first sunrise hike of the year where you can probably come and still make your 8am (it would be tight no guarantees). If you have an 8am and wanna play it risky or just don’t have an 8am come to Humpback! It’s a really fun hike with a great …

Sunrise at Bearfence!!!!

Annabelle Bond

The weather has been absolutely beautiful recently and its the perfect time for some sunrise hiking!! Bearfence is a pretty quick 1 mile hike with some rock scrambles at the top so this is a good beginner hike if you are willing to wake up before the sun. But the sunrise and views are totally worth it!! Alltrails: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/bearfence-mountain-trail Schedule: …

Thursday Humpback Sunrise

Max StClair

Howdy I have a 930 am on Thursday but I like to live life on the wild side so let’s do a Humpback sunrise. Also, assuming nothing crazy happens, we’ll be back well before then (as much as I’d like to be late for my ENWR). For those who haven’t done Humpback, it’s wicked short (under a mile to the …

Trail Magic & Good Vibes!!!!

Marian Hopwood

Hey y’all! “Trail magic” generally refers to unexpected acts of kindness/support towards hikers, but often it’s in the form of food. I always love to talk to & hang out w/ some thru-hikers & other hikers, so I figured a trail magic trip would be a good idea. We’re going to be along the Appalachian Trail, so there should be …

strip your shoes and stomp around grounds!

Melu Tershark

Hi friends!! As the weather has been getting consistently warmer, I’ve been venturing about in a transition from my winter wear (sandals) to my summer shoes (bare feet)! I thought it would be fun for any other foot travelers to join me on a walk around grounds where we relish in good weather and explore all the different places our …

Last Minute Humpback Sunset!

Jules Le Menestrel

Who’s up for a trip to Humpback Rock today? The weather is looking great and it’s time I make up for my last Humpback trip. If everything comes together we should be looking at a beautiful sunset around 7:39 PM, and get back to Grounds in time for any nighttime festivities. This hike is about a mile long with just …

Oldie but goodie with a view – Old Rag Sunset

Meg Dunkum

The weather is warming up and looking good this weekend so it’s a great time to hike one of the most beloved trails, Old Rag. And with a beautiful sunset, how can you go wrong! Whether you’re an Old Rag veteran or a first-timer, all are welcome to join us! Old rag is a ~9ish mile loop with ~2,400ft in …

Explore da ohill trails with me around sunset (+ hot cocoa)

Anusha Jain

Date 4/3/22 Timeline 6:30 pm: Meet in front of slaughter 6:35 pm: Make our way to the trails! 7:25 pm: Find a nice spot to hang out during sunset + make hot cocoa 8:30 pm: head back down and part ways Hello friends Join me in the wondrous land of ohill trails! The plan is to hike around and hopefully …

20 miler dAY HIKE

Hennessy Sak

20 mile day hike in Shenandoah A HA HA The plan: Meet at Echols at 6:15am Hour and fifteen minutes drive to the trail head Start hiking at 8am at the latest Hike like a mf We should be done by 8pm at the latest Get back to Cville around 9:30?? Cannot imagine it’s later than 10 What to bring: …

OLD RAG SUNSET

Simonne Guenette

Feeling excited the sun no longer sinks below the horizon at 5pm?? ME TOO!! To celebrate this newfound evening light Paulina and I are planning on bopping up old rag for a spectacular sunset hike this Monday. Whether you’re an old rag veteran or have never heard of this mysterious rock we want YOU to come join us! Old rag …

Spectacular Sunday Stoneyman S-Hike

Megan Sprotte

Looking to do a little meandering on what looks to be a sunny Sunday afternoon? Me tooooo! The plan is to head to Shenandoah Sunday afternoon, hike the short 1.5 mile loop, share some memories, and come home. This is a very chill and beginner friendly hike – I’m really just looking to get outdoors after a long weekend of …

McAfee Knob day hike for my homies with no Friday classes

Jenny Schilling

Hey y’all! Want to get outside and enjoy this beautiful spring weather? ME TOO so I’m thinking we do a classic McAfee Knob hike this Friday! The out-and-back trail is about 8 miles total with 1700 ft of elevation gain, so doable but will definitely be a good workout. https://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/McAfeeKnob/ Deetz: Meet at corner of Echols at 8:30AM Drive ~2 …

St. Mary’s Scary Scurry

Kieran Humphreys

Hey everybody, wassup !? There’s a nice hike in St. Mary’s Wilderness (in George Washington National Forest) that has some good swimming spots I’ve never been to (but Luke has) and I want to check it out (Saturday April 2nd)! This is a 6-mile loop which I estimate to take around 4 hours (generously) given some swimming and lunch eating …

Old Rag Aficionados’ Hike (first-timers are also welcome)

Jenna Margaret Hauger

Hello fellow Old Rag lovers! Since I’ve only ever hiked Old Rag in the blazing summer heat and in freezing conditions with ice hazards, I’m curious to see what it’s like in the spring. It used to be a 9 mile hike but they added a new section in the last few years to make it almost 10 (not sure …

The sun jumped over the bearfence – Bearfence Sunrise Hike

Meg Dunkum

Let’s start Classes off right this week by heading up to a crowd favorite sunrise/sunset spot: Bearfence Mountain. It’s a quick, 1-mile hike with a nice baby rock scramble. If you like scrambling over rocks, this is a great one! Note that we will be doing the rock scramble in the dark, so it is advisable to bring a headlamp. …

easy hike for injured people😎 (or if you just wanna have a good time)

Anusha Jain

Date: 2/27/22 Timeline 11:00 Meet at echols/leave 12:00 get there and have some fun!! 2:00 leave 3:00 (at the latest) back on grounds Are you sad because you have a weird knee injury like me and can’t go on a lot of hikes? Or perhaps waking up at the crack of dawn to hike 10 miles up a mountain is …

redeeming myself as a good virginian- old rag daytrip!

Jude Diederich

hello fellow people of the great commonwealth or wannabes! I have lived here my entire life and have yet to somehow climb old rag. Join me and mitchel this saturday as we redeem ourselves. Old Rag is a classic hike that is 9.5 miles long and is considered fairly challenging. It has a steep grade and lots of rocky switchbacks …

TOMORROW!!! Chimney Rocks Hike

John Cooney

super last minute I know… but hey! Let’s hike Chimney Rocks, a 3.2 mile out and back trail about an hours drive away in Shenandoah. AllTrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/virginia/calvary-and-chimney-rocks-trail?mobileMap=false&ref=sidebar-static-map Here’s the plan: 12:15pm meet at Echols 1:30pm arrive at riprap trailhead, quick jaunt to Chimney Rocks & back 3:30pm ish back to cars 5:00 pm back To bring: Water Snacks or …

Jaunt to Jones Run Falls

Chloe Kienzle

Meet at Corner of Echols: 12 pm Leave Echols: 12:05 pm Drive to Shenandoah and arrive at trailhead: 1:10 Hike out and back from waterfalls: 4 pm(ish) Drive back to Cville and refill gas: 5 pm Back at Echols: 5:15 pm So the plan is to head on out to Jones Run Falls, which is in Shenandoah. We’ll hike down …

lets go see some icy falls – Dark hollow falls trail

Morgan Brown

Are you dark enough to see some icy falls in the dead of winter? TJ was! Apparently he was quite fond of these falls – on all trails in the description Dark hollow falls is a moderate hike- length of about 1.4 miles out and back and 500 feet of elevation gain Meet at Echols @1pm Leave Echols @1:10pm Drive …

McAfee Knob SaturDayHike

John Cooney

We’ve never hiked McAfee Knob. Time to change that, as apparently this is one of Virginia’s best hikes or something. Go figure. Not gonna write a super long trail description, but the hike we’re doing is about 8 miles, and 1700 ft of elevation gain – nothing too crazy but not necessarily a walk at Riverview Park. It’s about a …

Robertson and Old Rag Mountain LOOOOOOOP

Hennessy Sak

Who wants to join a 17 miler day hike????? COME JOIN The Schedule: Meet in front of Echols at 7am Get to the trailhead around 8:30am (Hour and a half drive) HIKKKKKE I’m hoping to get done around 5ish at the latest Drive back to Charlottesville—hoping to get back no later than 7 What to bring: Trusty hiking shoes Water …

Humpback Sunset

Jules Le Menestrel

It’s the one you’ve all heard of: Humpback Rock. What better time to make the climb than hiking up for a sunset sublime? This hike is about a mile long with just under 1000 ft of elevation gain. Beginners welcome! Schedule: 4:30 – Leave Echols 5:10 – Arrive at Trailhead 5:47 – Watch Sunset (and pray it’s not cloudy 🤞) …

New Moon, Who Dis? Pt. 2 – Blackrock Stargazing

Jacob St. Martin

It has been a while since I have led a trip (I guess November isn’t that long but it feels like it), so why not kick it off by resurrecting an old favorite? That’s right, after nearly 2.5 years “New Moon, Who Dis?” returns. We will be hiking to Blackrock summit which is a big old pile of boulders that …

Screw Groundhog Day!!! Hawksbill Mountain Sunrise

AJ Cuddeback

Greetings Crunchy Comrades, Just because Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and went back into his hole, doesn’t mean we have to! Join us in simply ignoring that there are 6 more weeks of winter and start your week summiting Shenendoah’s highest peak. Hawksbill Mountain summit has an elevation of 4,051ft and a 360 degree panoramic view. We’ll be hiking the …

THIS SUNDAY: Chill(y) Hike @Walnut Creek Park

Mithra Dhinakaran

Hi! Join me for an easy, last-minute Sunday morning hike because being outdoors is nice 🙂 Loop is 4.2 miles @Walnut Creek Park. Beginner-friendly. We’ll have a chill(y) time. Schedule: – meet at echols at 9:30 am – drive 22 minutes to the park – do the 4.2 mile wilkins way loop, estimate it will take 1.5 hours – get …

Rocky Top LOOOOP

Hennessy Sak

Who wants to do a 13 miler day hike????? ME! Come join What sounds better than spending next Saturday (1/29) putting one foot in front of the other for 13 miles??? … absolutely nothing. Schedule: 7:30AM meet time at Echols Get to the trail around 8:30/9ish HIKKKKEEEEE Get done hiking around 4 or so (depends how speedy we are) and …

Dusky Snowy Sunset Stroll

Madeline Dierauf

Here’s a simple trip to get out, breathe in some crisp air, and get back into odc trips for the spring semester. The plan: 4:45 meet at the brick wall beside the Echols dorm 5:00 arrive at the OHill trails (thanks trail birthers 😤) 5:00-6:00 wander around in the snow and watch the sunset 6:15 back to Echols You bring: …

Sugar Hollow Strollin’

Joseph Abbe

Who: You What: strolling When: Sunday 1pm ~ 4pm Where: sugar hollow Why: outside air good It’s kinda chilly but I still want to get outside. So I figured a nice little stroll by sugar hollow would be fun, I’ve never been there before but it sounds pretty sweet if you ask me The usual peak of the day is …

Chilly Chums Climb Chimney!

Lanie Moore

Say that five times fast! Or just join us on Saturday the 5th as we take on Calvary and Chimney Rocks Trail in the February chill. Bundle up for a moderate 3.2 mile out-and-back trail in Shenandoah National Park. Skyline Drive will close if it’s snowy or icy, so we’ll keep trip members updated if we need to postpone or …

All aboard for the Blue Ridge Tunnel!

Jules Le Menestrel

Tired of breathtaking views and sweeping panoramas? Then what better way to change it up by hiking in the complete darkness of a historical railroad tunnel? The Blue Ridge Tunnel was the longest railroad tunnel in the United States when it was built in the 1800s. Now, it’s been recently reopened as a 4.5-mile out-and-back trail that goes through its …

RETURN OF THE GNAR TRAIN: THE GREAT MOAB MIGRATION 2022

Eliza Stowe

MOAB, UTAH 2022 ALL ABOARD THE GNAR TRAIN May we all blossom from this snow and ice ridden East Coast of ours and emerge as sun children in the soft red sands of the Utah desert. There is but one ODC trip worthy of such transition and namesake, and it is our annual pilgrimage the arid paradise of MOAB, UTAH. …

haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate (devil’s marbleyard day hike)

Sophia Benmhend

Greetings from Djibouti 😛 Thought I’d kick off the semester right with a lil day hike action 😎⛰️ 😵. So the concept behind this trip is combining two things that I think are cool and fun: winter day hikes and instant mashed potatoes. The plan is to do this hike and somewhere along the way while we’re taking a break, …

Snap that Classic Pic for the ‘Gram: McAfee Knob Hike

Victor Lu

If you’ve ever seen photos of that epic looking spot where a person is sitting on a ledge that overhangs in to seeming nothingness, you’ll know why McAfee Knob is worth seeing. It’s a fairly popular hike, and rightfully so. The views at the top are great, overlooking the entire Catawba valley. The hike itself is pretty straightforward. It’s about …

Hike to Natural Swimming Holes at Whiteoak Canyon

Victor Lu

Hopefully the weather will be warm enough for us to enjoy Whiteoak Canyon’s natural swimming holes and waterfalls! If not, the hiking alone is more than worth it, with a nice trail and some great waterfall views! This is an average hike, about 5 miles with about 2000ft of elevation gain. We will start at the bottom, hike up to …

Sunset at Blackrock Summit

Victor Lu

Happy Monday! Let’s head up to Blackrock Summit for some colors at sunset! Blackrock is a quick, 1-mile hike with some rocks to climb up/play on at the end. We can make the quick jaunt up to the summit, play on the rocks for a bit, and enjoy some fresh air and friendship. Schedule: 5:30 – Leave Echols 6:30 – …

A Humpback Sunrise Hike + Morning Tea

Victor Lu

Story time: when I was a student, I hiked humpback for sunrise at least once a week (often two or three times a week), year-round. Not only is it a great way to wake up and get the blood flowing before sitting in class all day, but the colors and ambiance there range from quaint to cerebral to indulgent. Rain, …

Sunrise Hike to Bearfence Mountain + Morning Tea

Victor Lu

Let’s start our Sunday right by heading up to one of my favorite sunrise/sunset spots: Bearfence Mountain. It’s a quick, 1-mile hike with a nice baby rock scramble. If you scrambling over rocks, this is a great one! Note that we will be doing the rock scramble in the dark, so it is advisable to bring a headlamp. I will …

Double Whammy: Hike the Priest and Crabtree Falls

Victor Lu

Let’s hit up the Priest and Crabtree Falls, all in one go! The Priest is known for being a steadily unrelenting hike, clocking over 3000 feet of elevation gain in about 4 miles. Crabtree Falls is known for several great waterfall views along a lowkey trail. We’ll string these two hikes together, going up the Priest (because we’ve got to …

Mid-Morning Humpback Hike!

Will Lankford

Hey y’all Anyone else wanna go check out the lovely local humpback rocks hike but don’t really wanna get up early enough for sunrise, or just want to get out of studying for a bit before the end of exams. This sounds like the trip for you! The plan is to meet up at the corner of Echols right around …

Holly Jolly Chimn(e)y Rocks Hike!

Jade Devriendt

We did it friends, ’tis the end of the semester and finals season!!! For those who want to celebrate, I propose you this hike! What says celebration more than taking on an adventure to climb 470 million year old rocks together? (aka Shenandoah Mountains- shoutout to Google for that fun fact) The hike is 3.2 miles with 800ish feet in …

Sunday Humpback sunrise

Max StClair

Hi For those in need of a study break (whether you’re feeling the 5am wakeup or still up studying from the night before, I won’t judge), I offer you a Humpback sunrise. The last one was pretty gorgeous so I have moderately high hopes. Trip picture is from last time. For those who haven’t done Humpback, it’s wicked short (under …

🧀🍫 Snacks at Humpback 🌞🌄

Ella Mortimer

Who is ready for some snackin’, hikin’ relaxation time in the middle of finals? And where’s a better place to snack and hike than our old friend Humpback Rock? Not only that, what’s a better time to snack and hike than sunrise? Join us for a hike to appreciate our two favorite things, snacking and the sun, at Humpback. BYO …

Old Rag attempt 2

Max StClair

Last weekend’s attempt to do Old Rag turned into a Rivanna jog due to driver shortage. Seeing how many people are leaving this weekend, I don’t love my odds but here goes with attempt 2. If you have a car and want to do Old Rag but the timing or day of this trip doesn’t work, I’m flexible. Shoot me …