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Old 02-27-2012, 02:12 PM
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Name: Old Rag Mountain
Location: Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
Length of Hike: ~8 miles roundtrip (may vary depending on where you park and if you take the fire trail back or not)
Terrain: moderate-difficult. It's pretty popular and so you'll see everyone on this trail, from beginners to seasoned hikers
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a view in the fall:


Extra Stuff: You'll have to make a sacrifice when you hike this trail. Either you can pick a beautiful day and experience the vast crowds or pick a pretty awful day weather wise and possibly have the trail to yourself for the majority of the time. I wish it wasn't so well known. The rock scrambles are pretty fun, though.

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Devil's Marbleyard
Location: Rockbridge County, VA
Length of Hike: ~ 1 mile (one way) to the boulder field. I'm not sure how long the boulder field is, but you can do as much or as little of it as you want. There is a longer loop associated with the marbleyard, but I've never done it.
Terrain: easy until you reach the marbleyard. I'd say the marbleyard is moderate, but you'll need good knees and wrists! Don't bring a dog unless you're confident they have Billy Goat tendencies and can be off leash.
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one of the scramble:


view from the boulders:

Extra Stuff: it's pretty astounding the first time you see the marbleyard.

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Name: Camel's Hump
Location: Camel's Hump State Park (Vermont)
Length of Hike: ~6-7 miles I think
Terrain: moderate (ish)
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from the peak:


a view of the peak:


Extra Stuff: it's been a while, but I remember this one being similar to Old Rag as far as the hike itself.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:10 PM
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I love great falls and hiking in skyline drive.

I really want to do old rag. One of my best friends died last April and he always wanted me to hike old rag with him, but I was always stuck working when he went. There's actually a memorial for him up on old rag. Id love to go with you sometime if you are up for it. Just gotta get myself a little bit more in shape first and id probably only bring Cricket even though Bamm sometimes is ok on leash hiking around other dogs.
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how awesome would it be to meet Cricket!? I'm not in the area for the foreseeable future, but how cool would a hiking chaz meetup be? Give the dogs some exercise, give the people some exercise, and see some cool places while you're at it!
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Ya that would be SO awesome. We should plan it at some point.
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I actually just went hiking for the first time this weekend and had SO. MUCH. FUN. Will definately check out more places this spring/summer.

Name: Pedernales Falls State Park
Location: Johnson City, TX (I think about 40 miles west of Austin)
Length of Hike: The park has something like 30 km of hiking trails, so it's really as long as you want it to be. To get from the parking area to the actual "Falls," though, is probably about 1/2 mile.
Terrain: The trails are pretty easy, but if you want to boulder-hop around the river it can get tricky. And watch out for rattlesnakes in the rocks.
Photos: Coming soon! I hope. My friend I went with took some with her phone, she should be able to send them to me in the next couple of days.
Extra Stuff: I think it'll be pretty crowded in the summer. When we went it was actually a somewhat chilly day, and there were quite a few crowds. But there are enough trails that we were able to get away from people a lot too. There were lots of dogs, too, but almost all of the dogs I saw were actually on leash. Horses are allowed on the trails, too.
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A bit closer to home.

Name: Burke Lake Park
Location:
Fairfax County, VA
Length of Hike: The ring trail around the lake is about 5 miles
Terrain: Flat
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Its a pretty walk, low-impact. Dogs aren't allowed in the lake though and neither are you. There will generally be other people on the path. But its a good longish walk and very pleasant.
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You hit my favorite with Camel's Hump! The parking lot is only about 30 minutes from me. I didn't go at all last year, but I think Gusto may have to go up this year. I think he'd be a blast on a big hike.

Meg on the peak:



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It's pretty cool to see that some of you have been to some of my favorite places! Burke Lake is always a nice walk! If anyone is into geocaching, there are some easy, kid friendly geocaches all around the lake path as well. And there's an ice cream shop, so you can eat back all of the calories that you burn walking and really enjoy the day!
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