Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
Milam Gap, Shenandoah Natl Park
This is an 7 to 8 mile hike (depending if we take the 1 mile option) with a fairly easy stream crossing, historic site, and 1200 elevation gain – which is not too bad compared to most SNP day hikes.
Let’s see if spring has sprung in the mountains! We can vote which way to start the loop for this hike. One way is to take the AT to the summit of Hazletop which is the third highest peak in the park. With the leaves down there should be some views. There is an optional 1 mile out and back spur to see if there is anything a Cat Knob if people are willing to try. As we descend down the Laurel Prong trail the views should be great towards the east. At the lowest point we will be at Camp Hoover. This is the first official presidential retreat and should not be confused with Hooverville. Hoover’s cabin is still standing but this time of year it will likely not be open for tours. We continue up the Mill Prong trail past Big Rock Falls. The waterfall is not exceptionally large but it is one of my favorites in the park.
The other way does everything in reverse.
I will expand the attendees as drivers sign on but will cap around 12 because anything greater feels like a tour bus through the woods.
Bring: A “daypack” to carry layers of clothing, food, and about 2 liters of water. Hiking shoes if you have them or tennis shoes can work. Raingear would be wise if the chance of rain increases. Cameras encouraged. A Shenandoah Park Pass if you have one would be helpful.