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Hike to Mountaintop Views

Matthew Rosefsky

Stuck in town over break? Let’s go for a hike! Mountain-top views and great exercise: 9.5 miles, 2840 feet of elevation gain. Pace 7 (out of a 10-scale) unless it’s really icy. Those of you who have hiked with me before: same pace. If Skyline Drive (where trailhead is) is closed, we’ll hit up another trail which starts in the …

Waterfalls Frozen? & Frigid Mountain-top Views HIKE

Matthew Rosefsky

Multiple waterfalls possibly frozen, and an awesome mountaintop view — not too shabby of a way to spend a Sunday. Hopefully it’ll snow on us too. We’ll get to see: > Lewis Spring Falls > Blackrock rock outcropping viewpoint – a perfect finish! > Rose River Falls > Dark Hollow Falls > Big Meadows > Byrd Visitor Center if it’s …

Hoppin’ Boulders, Bushwhackin’ & Hikin’ to One of VA’s Best Views

Matthew Rosefsky

Come hike to a ginormous boulder field where each of us will choose our own path hopping up, around, inside, between, under and through boulders to the top with a pretty great view along the way. Then the adventure ain’t done yet, time to bushwhack carry on past the boulder field off-trail to meet up with a different trail, taking …

Mysterious Wilderness Backpacking ~ Explore and Discover

Matthew Rosefsky

Cranberry Glades Wilderness in Monongahela National Forest, WV has always been mysterious to me. I’ve never been deep in there and I hear it’s unique and spectacular. Excerpts from a descriptive article: “All of the trails within the wilderness are classified as wilderness trails, which means lightly maintained … The trails are both overgrown and have many obstacles in their …

Sunset Hike ~ Highest Summit in Shenandoah National Park

Matthew Rosefsky

Let’s stretch our leggies and get our heart poundin’ as we hike 700 feet higher in the sky, in 0.8 mile, at pace 3.5 to 4.0 out of 5. Those of you who have hiked with me before: same pace. We’ll take in a majestic sunset from atop Shenandoah National Park’s highest summit, hang out up there for a total …

Poe’s Wild and Dreary Hike

Matthew Rosefsky

Let’s go get loopy 7 miles around a forest-lined water reservoir that’s just minutes from UVA, and climb 1100 feet or so while we’re at it. “The Ragged Mountains. ‘Wild and dreary’ is how Edgar Allan Poe describes the landscape in ‘A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,’ a mystical story allegedly aspired by his jaunts through the countryside while a …

Hike in Nature Conservancy Preserve

Matthew Rosefsky

Wayyyyyy back yonder, our glorious club volunteered for The Nature Conservancy to help build a trail on a pretty 755-acre patch of mountainous land which an awesome lady in her 80s deeded to TNC, I think with the stipulation that a trail be built for the public to enjoy. Let’s go trek this trail, which has some nice views along …

Hike to Rare Mountain-Top Meadow with Fantastic 360-Degree Views

Matthew Rosefsky

Come check out a really rare mountain-top meadow with awesome views all around! The mountain tops in the Mt. Pleasant / Cole Mountain area of the Blue Ridge were at one time open fields and meadows kept clear by grazing cattle and other livestock. The lucky cows had awesome views! The area eventually became national forest land, and natural forest …

Backpacking: Views, Arctic Tundra-Like Vegetation, Adventure!

Matthew Rosefsky

[One or two spots still open; *call* Matt at 434-465-8733 a.s.a.p. if you want in.] Come cool off at DOLLY SODS, West Virginia: my *favorite* place to go backpacking within a handful of hours of Cville. Its Wilderness is unique, and different every time. Much of the vegetation on Dolly Sods’ 4000-foot plateau is interesting and rare in the Southeast …

High 5: Hike, Sunset, Stargaze, Moonrise, Wildlife Safari

Matthew Rosefsky

High Five! 1) Heartrising exercise up 860 feet elevation gain over 2.1 miles. To catch that sunset we’ll hike at a pace of 3.5 to 4.0 out of 5. 2) Sunset from atop the highest summit of Shenandoah National Park (8:04pm) 3) Stargazing in near-pitch-black skies before the moon rises 4) Rise of a massively-huge, likely colorful almost-full moon (9:48pm) …

Hoppin’ Boulders, Bushwhackin’ & Hikin’ to One of Va’s Best Views

Matthew Rosefsky

UPDATE: There is car space for 1 or 2 more. Please call (not text) 434-465-8733 to inquire. Come hike to a ginormous boulder field where each of us will choose our own path hopping up, around, inside, between, under and through boulders to the top with a pretty great view along the way. Then the adventure ain’t done yet, time …

Intermediate Backpacking: Views, Arctic Tundra-Like Vegetation, and Adventure!

Matthew Rosefsky

Community adventure with local Sierra Club. Come cool off at DOLLY SODS, West Virginia: my *favorite* place to go backpacking within a handful of hours of Cville. Its Wilderness is unique. We shall have some fun, very beautiful Adventure. Much of the vegetation on Dolly Sods’ 4000-foot plateau is interesting and rare in the Southeast USA, more typical of arctic …

Choose-Your-Own-Pace Mountain-Top Sunset & New Moon Stargazing Hike; Wildlife Safari

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. Refresh for the rest of your week with this beautiful mid-week sunset (8:00pm) and natural exercise in the mountains. Hike 0.8 mile up (~700 feet elevation gain) to the highest summit in Shenandoah National Park, where we’ll relax for ~2 hours as we enjoy the sunset, watch the light fade and stars come out …

Choose-Your-Own-Pace Mountain-Top Sunset Hike

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. Refresh for the rest of your week with this beautiful mid-week sunset (7:34pm) and natural exercise in the mountains. Hike 1.1 mile up (750 feet elevation gain) to a bouldery rock outcropping sunset view, chill at the summit for an hour or so, and then 1.1 mile back to car for a whopping 2.2 …

Hike to Rare Mountain-Top Meadow with Fantastic 360-Degree Views

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. Come check out a really rare mountain-top meadow with awesome views all around! The mountain tops in the Mt. Pleasant / Cole Mountain area of the Blue Ridge were at one time open fields and meadows kept clear by grazing cattle and other livestock. The lucky cows had awesome views! The area eventually became …

Choose-Your-Own-Path Boulder-Hopping Hike + Foam Henge Visit

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. This hike up Devil’s Marbleyard is a blast: part of it is a huge boulder field, rising 500+ feet in elevation. Participants will ascend and conquer! Great views to be had, too. Be warned: The Devil will get his revenge for us climbing up his Marbleyard. He will challenge us with a not-maintained, bushwack-in-places, …

Humpday Evening Mountaintop Sunset Hike

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. Inject some natural exercise, great beauty and fun into your work/school week with this foray into wilderness. We’ll cruise on up into the mountains and hike just 0.7 mile (one way) to the base of a forested hill, up which we’ll scramble (no trail) ~175 yards to a clifftop view — where we’ll relax …

Humpday Evening Waterfalls Hike ~ Choose-Your-Own Pace and Distance

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. Inject some natural exercise and fun into your work/school week with this foray into wilderness. We’ll enjoy a nice drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway on our way to the multiple cascades of Crabtree Falls, the top of which gives a great mountain-top view. Hopefully we’ll see some sunset colors in the sky while …

Hike Through Burned Area with Multiple Mountain-Top Views

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. Let’s explore the just-burned area of Shenandoah National Park , on a trail (Rocky Mountain Loop*) that has multiple mountain-top views of canyonesque walls, valleys, and mountains beyond. *Educated guess is that the trail will re-open for this weekend; if not, the leader will pick a different trail and the hike is still on.. …

Sunset & Stargazing Hike — Highest Summit in Snp

Matthew Rosefsky

[1 spot open! *Call* 434-465-8733 if you want it.] Community hike with local Sierra Club. Choose-Your-Own-Pace Sunset & Stargazing Hike to the Highest Summit of Shenandoah National Park, and Wildlife Safari Drive Home. We’ll enjoy the sunset and stay up there for 60 to 90 minutes, waiting for the light to flee and stars to appear. The moon will be …

Humpday Humpback Sunset Cardio Hike

Matthew Rosefsky

[1 spot open for this beautiful sunset hike. CALL me if you want it, at 434-465-8733.] Community hike with local Sierra Club. Inject some exercise, fun, and natural beauty into the middle of your week, with this hike up a mountain to see the sun set from a beautiful rock outcropping. 2 miles total (1 up, 1 back), 720 feet …

Sunset & Stargazing Hike

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. Come watch a beautiful sunset from atop the mountains (drive to Calf Mountain Overlook, Shenandoah National Park). Then we’ll drive on to Blackrock Summit parking, from which we’ll hike a 1-mile loop. Half way along that loop, we’ll climb up some boulders, lay back, and soak in the beautiful starry night. Hike 1 mile …

Boulder-Hopping Hike to 360 Mountain-Top Views

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. Includes a very fun 1-mile boulder-hopping section, to a mountain summit’s spectacular 360-degree views. Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park. We will enter the circuit from a little-known back door, which ends up making the whole experience be much better than the usual. 9.3-mile circuit 3,100 feet elevation gain Hike pace 3.5 to 4.0 …

Mid-Week Night Hike to Waterfall and Mountain-Top View

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. Break up your school or work week with some natural exercise to a beautiful waterfall and mountain view, in the dark of night. On the way back we’ll stroll and drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, likely encountering a wildlife safari along the way. Hike 4.2 miles ~650 feet elevation gain Pace 3.0 to …

Choose-Your-Own-Path Boulder-Hopping Hike + Foam Henge Visit

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. This hike is a blast: part of it is a huge boulder field, rising 500+ feet in elevation. Participants will ascend and conquer! Great views to be had, too. Where else more appropriate to hike on Halloween than the Devil’s Marbleyard? Be warned: The Devil will get his revenge for us climbing up his …

Autumn Colors Hike to Best 360 Mountain-Top View and Multiple Waterfalls

Matthew Rosefsky

GOT A CAR, WANT TO JOIN IN even though it’s past deadline? Please call Matt at 434-465-8733. Thanks! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Community hike with local Sierra Club. Spy Rock is my #1 favorite mountain-top viewpoint within an easy drive of Charlottesville. Add in getting to see multiple waterfalls (Crabtree Falls) and getting to chomp on some wild crabapples …

Mountaintop Sunset Cardio Hike

Matthew Rosefsky

Community hike with local Sierra Club. Sunset from a beautiful rock outcropping atop a mountain summit. Refresh your week by injecting this fun and natural exercise right into the middle of it. Humpback Rocks, Blue Ridge Mountains 2 miles total (1 up, 1 back) 720 feet elevation gain (steep). This 30 or 45 minute cardio workout should clear out any …