S16T4 Go! Take a Hike! Spring 2016ED-Venture
(Small, inexpensive, educational trips!)
These hikes have been approved for Advanced Training for the Headwaters Master Naturalist Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program.
GO! Take a Hike! Spring 2016 - High Knob Fire Tower:
Last fall's "Take a Hike" program was so successful, we will be offering the opportunity to join fellow LLI members again this spring for a series of hikes around our area. Four fun and exercise filled hikes are scheduled for fit hikers. An orientation meeting is required for all hikers signed up for any of the scheduled hikes. These fun hikes are mostly "moderate rated" and chosen for their views, geology, ecology, historical significance and flora. We take frequent "breather" breaks to enjoy and discuss features of interest along the way. The Shenandoah Valley area is a blaze of color with spring wild flowers and the arrival of seasonal song birds. Capture the beauty of the forest and panoramic views on your camera, including wildflowers, mushrooms, waterfalls and cascades. Trails can be on mildly steep, uneven ground, and some creek crossings on rocks may be encountered. Participants need to be flexible on the end times. Every opportunity to schedule make up dates for canceled hikes will be taken. Pets are not permitted. There will be an assumption of risk waiver that will need to be signed at orientation.
Cost is $15 per hike. Class size is limited to 16 persons per hike. Meeting places will vary based on direction of travel from Harrisonburg, however all trips will depart promptly via car pools at 9:00 am. Additional information will be available at the "Preview of Activities" on Tuesday, January 12, 1:00pm at the Gilkerson Activity Center.
DATE: Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 noon, Orientation meeting for all hikers - Gilkerson Activity Center, Westover Park. Bring a lunch, and we will discuss clothing, equipment, weather concerns, safety issues and answer any questions. This will be an opportunity to meet fellow hikers and guides. An assumption of risk waver is to be signed by all participants.
DATE: Wednesday, April 27, High Knob Fire Tower: Depart 9:00 a.m. from Gilkerson Activities Center (305 S. Dogwood Dr.) from the south parking lot (lot on the left). The trail head is located 22 miles west on Route 33, near the WV Border. Trail length is 1.5 miles in and 1.5 miles out; three miles total round trip. Difficulty: moderate (short, but steep and rocky in some places). Why we like it: from Va. Wilderness Committee: "High Knob, at an elevation of 4,107 feet, offers incredible views all the way around. The old fire detection tower was built by World War I veterans and the Civilian Conservation Corps and was once used by fire wardens for spotting fires."
Jerry Hopkins is an active hiker throughout the year and a member of the PATC. Also, he maintains a portion of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park as part of the PATC's trail maintenance program. Jerry recently spent two years volunteering for the Smithsonian Institution's wildlife camera monitoring program in George Washington National Forest and the Shenandoah National Park. Jerry currently serves as president of the Headwaters (Augusta and Rockingham) Master Naturalist chapter.
Jim Lawson whose mother and maternal grandparents were among the displaced families in the creation of the park, has made the park history an ongoing study, including the sites of former homes, schools, churches and cemeteries. Jim volunteers for SNP, Ravinia Master Naturalist chapter, and teaches history of the Shenandoah National Park for the Road Scholar program and is an active LLI instructor.
Chris Bowlen is a Certified Va. Master Naturalist and has served as President of the Shenandoah Chapter of Va. Native Plant Society. She has led many groups on wildflower identification hikes. She works with the Shenandoah National Park in identifying and removal of non-native invasive plants.
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