Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Aug 7 2005 - Difficult Hike in GWNF (Kennedy Peak) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Jeff Schneider
Participants:Jeff Schneider, Nicholas Cirri, Sarah Dannenfelser, Lucas Fisher, Christine Edell, Rita Fabian, Joshua Goldberg, Sara Goldberg, Chris Whalen, Jim Kleiner, Andre McCabe

Write Up:
Twelve enthuastic hikers headed off to fairly remote Massanutten Mountain. Besides the leader, no one else had been on the Kennedy Peak trail before. What we found was only one other hiker on the trail, a few mountain bikers, a sort of Panoramic view of the Shenandoah Valley including the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, and 9.2 miles of very well maintained trail.

Starting out was an easy walk through the forest and a couple dried out creeks. Massanutten Mountain offers plenty--the 71 Massanutten Trail loop, solitude (especially compared to nearby Shenandoah National Park), fabulous overlooks, and except for the trail and blazes, a real feeling that you're in the 'rugged backwoods'. A few of us noticed that it seems very dry, so that would be the big challenge for backpackers.

After a few miles in the loop, we started the ascent to Kennedy Peak. It was a rather steep, but short climb. On Kennedy Peak, we were rewarded with a observation deck to overlook the valley and enjoy our lunch. It was a little hot baking in the sun, which was a big contrast to when the organizer was last there and couldn't stay long because of the biting wind (MLK birthday weekend).

There was much talk about the various ways one goes to obtain a spouse and College basketball on the descent back to the parking lot. From there, most of us went to nearby Dan's Steakhouse for dinner. The server brought out lots of pitchers of water and we talked over the Auto Race coverage on the Restaurant radio. Conversation topics included various international delicacies and unique names.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and I hope you had a good time!

--Jeff Schneider



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