Women Build Hike for Humanity May 1, 2010 Hike Descriptions Many thanks to John Holden, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports (BRMS), for designing and arranging leaders for a great selection of hikes. This year he has extended the participation limit on the kayaking/canoeing trip, added a „Dog‟s Day in the Mountains‟ hike, and added an exciting hike into the Shenandoah National Park. These hikes are described in detail below. What to bring: Hikers are expected to wear adequate footwear for their particular hike (no flip flops). It will be 10 – 15-degrees colder in the mountains in early May so please bring a jacket and rain gear. Special equipment is listed for each hike. Some hikes will cross streams so you may want to have an extra pair of shoes to change into after your hike. Women Build will provide breakfast, lunch, and water. Dogs on a leash are welcome on all hikes except for the „Birds of the Rivanna Trail‟ and „Kayak or Canoe‟ Trip. Women Build reserves the right to change, modify or cancel any particular hike. 1. St. Mary’s Wilderness Easy Drive time: 1 hour Hike: 4 Miles Round Trip (RT) Hike time: 2 hours Special Equipment: Extra shoes and daypack Appropriate for families with children 9 and up. This is a kid-friendly, easy and adventurous guided hike. There will be several stream crossings so wet footwear for adults and kids will be part of the experience. Three waterfalls will be visited and kids will receive a free copy of “Hikes for Kids in Shenandoah National Park,” a whistle, and a small light. Donation of $50 (or more) includes parent and child. 2. Hiking on Wheels Riverview Park Easy Check in at Park: 10 a.m. Hike: 2 – 3 miles RT Hike time: 1 – 1½ hours Special Equipment: None This hike is designed for those in strollers and wheel chairs, as well as hikers. It will be on a paved path that is easily accessible. Easy for small children to walk and babies to ride. For this hike, we will meet at Riverview Park at 10:00 a.m., so families with small children do not need to check in at BRMS. Donation of $50 (or more) includes parent and child. If we have a large turnout, we will split into age groups (strollers/toddlers and “big” kids). 3. Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Blue Ridge Mountains Moderate Drive time: 1¼ hours Hike: 2 – 4 miles RT Hike time: 2 – 3 hours Special Equipment: Hiking footwear and daypack Hike with a wildflower expert on trails within the Blue Ridge Mountains, location will be determined based on seasonality factors. Hike provides opportunity to learn native Virginia Wildflowers first hand. All participants will be given a wildflower book. Sorry, no dogs on this hike. 4. Birds of the Rivanna Trail Rivanna River North Trail Easy Drive time: 20 minutes Hike: 4 miles RT Hike time: 3 hours Special equipment: Binoculars, bird book, daypack, and sturdy footwear Visit a new area of the Rivanna Trail. This is a wild place and a superb habitat for a variety of birds. Hikers will get early start, 7 am from BRMS. Sorry, no dogs on this hike. 5. Ramsey’s Draft Hike Moderate/Difficult Drive time: 1.5 hours Hike: 4-6 miles RT Hike time: 4 hours Special equipment: Extra shoes, walking stick, daypack Amazing hike; considered one of the best day hikes close to Charlottesville, this is a level hike that uses three trails and passes through a wilderness area of tall trees and open forest. This hike has 14 stream crossings but is still suitable for beginners. John Holden will lead this hike. 6. Appalachian Trail – Humpback Rocks Moderate Drive time: 1 hour Hike: 4 miles RT Hike time: 2 – 3 hours Special Equipment: Daypack This is a beautiful hike along the Appalachian Trail with additional points of interest after Humpback Rocks. Moderate with several steep sections. 7. Ragged Mountain Natural Area Easy Drive time: 20 minutes Hike: 3½ miles RT Hike Time: 2 hours Special Equipment: Daypack This hike is a local favorite, close to town and with a very mountain-like feel. Easy with a few short climbs. This group will travel through tall hardwood forests around scenic ponds. Suitable for kids able to sustain several moderate uphill climbs of 10 minutes each. The area has nice views and offers a water and mountain experience. 8. Shenandoah National Park – Hawks Bill Summit Moderate Drive time: 90 minutes Hike: 2.8 miles RT Hike Time: 3 hours Special Equipment: Daypack Hike to the highest summit and the best views in the Park where Peregrine falcons are often seen. The hike will use a combination of 3 trails in an almost circuit. We will spend an hour viewing this magnificent summit with its stone shelter, open ledges and spectacular views. Expect to be away for ¾ of the day. 9. Dog’s Day in the Mountains Easy Drive time: 30 minutes Hike: 4 miles RT Hike Time: 3 hours Special Equipment: Daypack, extra shoes Hike designed for dogs and their best friends. Free doggie snacks from Sammy Snacks. Hike 2 miles to Big Branch Falls in the Shenandoah National Park with 3 stream crossings each way allowing water dogs a chance to swim and drink along the way. The trail follows water its entire route. This hike is open to all dogs, and their friends, that love other dogs, on leashes. 10. Kayak ‘or’ Canoe Trip Paddle the Rivanna River from Crofton to Palmyra Drive time: 45 minutes Paddle Time: 2 – 4 hours (depends on the current) Limit: 12-14 participants This is a hands-on guided trip with some instruction for beginners. This is a great trip in beautiful, clear, mostly flat water. The banks are very wide and wildflowers, cliffs, and relative wilderness makes this a fantastic day. Sorry, no children or dogs. BRMS will provide kayaks, canoes, paddles, and lifejackets. Participants must be good swimmers. Special Equipment: Quick-dry clothes and water-friendly footwear, sun/rain protection Space is limited so please register for this trip by April 16. We are asking for a minimum donation of $80 per person.
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