7/5/2014: Appalachian Trail South/North from Rockfish Gap

Route: From Rockfish Gap, ran south on the AT for six or so miles, then back to Rockfish to refuel, followed by several miles north on the AT (into the Shenandoah National Park and crossing Skyline Drive at McCormick Gap). Time on feet: Around 4 hours.  Distance: 20 miles.

Bear sightings: 1

Creek crossing near the first AT shelter south of Rockfish Gap, looking upstream.

Creek crossing near the first AT shelter south of Rockfish Gap, looking upstream.

Creek crossing near the first AT shelter south of Rockfish Gap, looking downstream.

Creek crossing near the first AT shelter south of Rockfish Gap, looking downstream.

6/22/2014: Sugar Hollow – SNP – AT

Route: From the first parking lot at Sugar Hollow, Wesley and I ran several miles on the trail toward snake hole swimming hole, subsequently entering the Shenandoah National Park and then hitting the Appalachian Trail at Black Rock Gap for a few miles. Time on feet: Less than 3.5 hours. Distance: 18.5 miles.  Met up with family for a post-run picnic at snake hole, followed by a post-picnic lunch at Blue Mountain Brewery.

Post-run with Henry at snake hole.

Post-run with Henry at snake hole.