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T5 Hike - Compton Peak Trail

Starting at Mile Post 10.4 on Skyline Drive (requires driving to Front Royal and entering Park at that point, going south to MP 10.4), the hike is a round trip of five miles with an altitude gain of 1,385 feet. This hike would be rated moderate. Hiking to a view is one of the main reasons people go hiking, but what if the view is not of the surrounding valley and mountains but a view into the past! Compton Peak provides both; a spectacular view of the valley and mountains AND a view into the molten past. Millions of years ago volcanoes were active in what became the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not much is left of those features unless you know where to look to find the clues of that past. This hike takes you to those clues and also provides the views most hikers are seeking. This is a hike that will leave you talking for some time. Be sure to bring your camera to record what many never see.

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. (Drive to hike 1 hour & 30 minutes - 62 miles, via Thornton Gap).

Leader: Jerry Hopkins is an active hiker throughout the year and a member of the PATC. He currently maintains a portion of the Appalachian Trail in the Shenandoah National Park as part of PATC's Trail Maintenance Program and has spent the past two years volunteering with the Smithsonian Institution on placing and maintaining motion activated cameras in the George Washington Forest and the Shenandoah National Park. This project monitors all types of mammal movement in wilderness areas. Jerry serves as President of the Headwaters [Augusta and Rockingham] Master Naturalists.

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: Visit their pages for hike information and registration.

Cost $15, hike duration 4-5 hours plus travel time.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

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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