T4 Hike - Hoover/Rapidan Camp via Mill Prong Trail MP 52
"Certain to not disappoint." This down and back trip is 4.1 miles, total climb about 870 feet, hiking time about 4 hours. Moderately rough in spots (not steep), three stream crossings, two of them easy.
Rest beside a blubbing little water fall along this enchanting trail to President Hoover's weekend retreat. Hoover/Rapidan Camp was recently restored to its original 1929 heritage. You will be made aware of some little known facts pertaining to the camp and the development of SNP, during your lunch break on the Hoover's deck. (Drive to Milam Gap 1:00 hr. & 35 min., via Swift Run)
Cost $15, hike duration 4-5 hours plus travel time.
Leaders: Betty & Bob Forrest are members of PATC and are Virginia Master Naturalists. Betty is is a retired National Park employee, and a former Girl Scout Pack leader, and a volunteer at Carrier Arboretum and has worked in and enjoyed our nation's parks and forests. Bob is a retired EPA biologist, with more than 15 years as a leader with the National Outdoor Leadership School, Wilderness Education Association and the Sierra Club, and has hiked over 700 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Both are seasoned, knowledgeable, and capable wilderness hikers.
These ED-Venture Hikes are to special and seldom seen hiking destinations in our area. This hike is for FIT HIKERS ONLY! Trails can be on steep, uneven ground and some creek crossing on logs or rocks will be encountered. Remember, what goes down must come back up. Participants need to be reasonably flexible on the end time. Pets are not permitted.
Monday, (Oct. 12). Orientation Meeting for all hikers- JMU Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. We will meet at the shelter located on the east side of the pond at 11:30 a.m. for one hour. We will discuss clothing, weather concerns, safety issues and answer questions. This will also be an opportunity to meet fellow hikers and guides. An assumption of risk waiver to be signed by all participants. Make up rain date is Oct. 30 for any hike.
There are two additional hikes available:
* Passamaquoddy/Stony Man Trail
* Compton Peak
Visit their pages for hike information and registration.
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Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.
For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at LLI@jmu.edu or 540/568.2923.
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