Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Mar 6 2005 - Difficult Day Hike on the AT (Denton Shelter) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Jeff Schneider
Participants:Jeff Schneider, Tatiana Ignatenko, Dan, Jesse Allen, joe smith, Paul Shaklan, H. Tran, Herb Volker, Eric Austraw, Galen Wilkerson

Write Up:
This was a true 'Day Hike'--since we saw the sun rise and set, we didn't miss any part of the 'day'. Throw in a fifteen mile hike with snow, mud, ascents and descents, and that covered the 'hike' part pretty well.

We started shortly after dawn in the Vienna Metro Parking lot. A quick ride on 66 led us to the trailhead right outside of Linden. There was a nice house right near the parking lot, and we tried our best to stay quiet and not wake anyone up.

The hike began with a climb out of Manassas Gap. It was snowy. There was a bit of frustration when we saw no snow on the other side of the valley. Soon, we were in a clearing on top of a hill, and were able to see mountains everywhere. The Denton shelter with a friendly Scout leader and scouts was next.

After a relaxing lunch near Bear Hollow Creek, we turned around. It was pretty strange to be hiking the same trail we did a couple hours earlier, but to find it much muddier than before. The 50 degree weather melted some of the snow and made everything a bit sloppy. A sharp and slippery descent led back to our cars.

We stopped at Joe's Pizza in Marshall on the way back. There we learned all about the infamous 'Frogs and Friends' Restaurant down the street in Marshall.

Thanks to everyone who came out and I hope you had fun!

--Jeff Schneider

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