Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
What sort of things come to mind first when you think of fall? For me, it’s hiking, ethnobotany, and family, our Outdoors Club family. Honestly, what better way to spend your final Saturday before Thanksgiving than with hiking and chilling in a cabin?
Main departure for the trip will be at 11am, Saturday from the Brick Wall by Echols. We’ll head straight to Shenandoah National Park to the South River Picnic Area near Stanardsville, Virginia. It’s about an hour drive, and with picnicking/frolicking for half an hour, we’ll be wrapped up around 4:30-5:00 pm. We’ll enjoy some great views, a waterfall, and a bit of the glorious Appalachian Trail over this 10.6 miles hike.
See http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/SouthRiverFalls/ for hike details.
See http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Stanardsville+VA+22973 for weather.
From there, we head to the Roost. Reilly’s Roost (a cabin 25 minutes from trail parking) is about to close up shop for the winter, so this is my final opportunity to use it for trips until Spring (start getting hyped for April rock-hopping). The cabin has some insulation, but warm layers and a sleeping bag will be needed at night. There will be a campfire, plumbing, and some electricity. We’ll head back late morning on Sunday after warming up with breakfast, coffee, and the wood stove.
Food, cider, and other fall goodies will be provided, though attendees are asked to chip in for food. This trip is initially limited to 10 people. With additional drivers and Shenandoah NP passes, I may increase the capacity to 12.
What to bring:
-Warm clothing + hiking shoes/boots
-2 liters of water
-sleeping bag/pad (can be acquired from gear room)
-$7 for food
-Lunch/snack food for Saturday
-Shenandoah National Park pass (can be compensated)
-Saturday dinner/Sunday breakfast
-Gas (drivers are compensated and get off the waitlist sooner)
Definitely text/email me with any questions you have about the trip.