Alright everyone, for those of you who get to finish up all your exams this week, lucky. For those of you who have exams both weeks, let’s celebrate by taking a break and going out to natural bridge to scamper amongst boulders.
We depart at 10:30 from Bonnycastle circle and drive 84.9 miles towards Natural Bridge. There are two versions of this hike. The first passes the Devil’s Marbleyard, a hillside of boulders with some as large as a truck, and continues down the Gunter Ridge Trail. The second version adds a 3.0 mile out and back hike along the Appalachian Trail, which reaches one of the most spectacular 360° panoramas in Virginia. I’d _like_ to try the 2nd, but that depends on if I can find the branch off (it adds a 3 mile loop into the trail).
Space is set to 16 people right now with 4 drivers. I might raise it to 20 with 5 drivers, but there is the concern that the parking lot there is tiny (i mean rull small). Bring food for a quick lunch at the top, and water for the entire trek.