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Hiking in Shenandoah National Park

July 20, 2011 - 04:09 AM
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When the weather was nice once upon a time, hiking was perfect in the Blue Ridge. Here's a hike I went on last weekend.

Be sure to look both ways before crossing, not everyone obeys the speed limit out there! We crossed Skyline Drive to get from the Buck Hollow Trail to the Meadow Spring Trail.10 Photos
(Photo: Alex Liggitt/Alex Liggitt | Date: Jul. 15, 2011)

So while the weather was still just about perfect with temperatures in the 80s and dew points in the 50s to near 60, I decided to head to the mountains for an early morning hike on Saturday. As I planned this on Wednesday, I really had no idea where we were going until the last second Friday afternoon.

I found an awesome site online called Hiking Upward which shows all of the different trails in Virginia and Maryland. It made it very simple to pick out a trail to see how difficult it was, how the views and streams were, and gave reviews on each hike. No, I don't work for that website, I just found it awesome.

Me and my old roommate ended up settling on the Buck Hollow to Mary's Rock trail which was 9 miles long and had an elevation gain of 2,600 feet. We wanted to be out there a while and the link said it would take about 5 hours at a moderate pace. As it was just the two of us, it only took just under 4 hours including lunch, so it was just about perfect. On a side note, I recommend taking two camelbaks on this trip, as we only had one and both of us were a bit on the thirsty side by the end. Check out the pictures.

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