Posts tagged “Shenandoah National Park

Pass Mountain Trail – Shenandoah National Park

A snowy run during the Polar Vortex. Animal tracks, deer beds and lots of snow made for an interesting and fun climb up the mountain and a fast, ski-like descent back down!

Trail on the climb up Pass Mountain

Trail on the climb up Pass Mountain

Pass Mountain summit

Pass Mountain summit


Snow Run on the Appalachian Trail

An early January trail run to Thornton Gap and Shenandoah National Park on the Appalachian Trail.

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Snowy trail sunrise

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Whipped cream snowdrifts

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Winter creek

 


New Year’s Eve Sunset Trail Run – Shenandoah National Park

On the last day of 2013 I was lucky enough to run a favorite mountain trail, with someone I adore, and chase sunset through the mountains. A climb up Buck Hollow to Mary’s Rock with a breathtaking sunset, a champagne toast and a fun, dark descent back to the car to a delicious picnic of ahi tuna and veggies was a spectacular way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Here’s to a fabulous 2014 full of mountains, trails, miles, friends, laughter, adventure, love, happiness and possibility!

Sunset from Mary's Rock

Sunset from Mary’s Rock


Vicki’s Death March

An annual Black Friday run – Vicki’s Death March is a VHTRC Fat Ass event – 25ish miles of the “best of” Shenandoah National Park. Starting at the Old Rag parking lot and continuing to White Oak Canyon, Hawksbill, Little Stony Man, Skyland, Corbin Cabin and Nicholson Hollow, and ending up back in the parking lot of Old Rag where post-run beverages and festivities wait! This year there was considerable ice and snow on the trail which prompted several of us to detour from Skyland taking the Old Rag Fire Road back to the parking lot to avoid ice on Corbin Cabin and Nicholson Hollow. We ended up with 22 miles of glorious trail running with friends on a cold winter day. Absolutely the best way to spend Black Friday.

White Oak Canyon

White Oak Canyon

Overlook on the climb up White Oak Canyon

Overlook on the climb up White Oak Canyon

Upper falls - White Oak Canyon

Upper falls – White Oak Canyon

Snowy trail

Snowy trail

View from the AT on the way to Skyland

View from the AT on the way to Skyland

 

 

 

 

 


Sunrise in Shenandoah National Park

A beautiful sunrise trail run from Buck Hollow to Mary’s Rock. Spectacular views!

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@VHTRC Trifecta Day 3 – Jeremy’s Run

Day 3 brought us 21…or so…miles of nice, runnable trails, good climbs, warm temperatures, blue skies and a sweet swimming hole at the end. A few (ummm…a lot) of us got off trail in the first mile and added some bonus miles to our day. Probably should have paid better attention during the briefing, but bonus miles are always fun!

Trifecta accomplished! A huge thanks to the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club for planning 3 great days of trail antics. Looking forward to next year!

An early climb - after we missed the first turn

An early climb – after we missed the first turn

beautiful trails

beautiful trails

nice views from the top

nice views from the top

sweet swimming hole

sweet swimming hole


@VHTRC Trifecta Day 2 – Sophie’s Death March

Day 2 was 24 miles of the “Greatest Hits” of Shenandoah National Park. We started at White Oak Canyon, climbed to Hawksbill, stopped by Skyland, passed Stony Man, turned in at Corbin Cabin Cutoff, past Old Rag and death marched in on the Weakley Hollow Fire Road back to White Oak Canyon. A long and fun day playing in the mountains!

White Oak falls

White Oak falls

View from the climb up White Oak Canyon

View from the climb up White Oak Canyon

View from Hawksbill

View from Hawksbill

mmmmm runnable trails

mmmmm runnable trails

The fizzy fruity drink man aid station on the fire road leaving Old Rag

The fizzy fruity drink man aid station on the fire road leaving Old Rag


White Oak Canyon, Hawksbill, Cedar Run – Shenandoah National Park

Playing in Shenandoah National Park on a beautiful weekend in early June.

Lower White Oak Falls

Lower White Oak Falls

View from White Oak Canyon trail

View from White Oak Canyon trail

Hawksbill from Crescent Rock Overlook

Hawksbill from Crescent Rock Overlook

Cedar Run Falls

Cedar Run Falls

Cedar Run

Cedar Run

White Oak Canyon trail

White Oak Canyon trail


Shenandoah National Park – Buck Hollow to Skyland

A cool, late spring day with magnificent views, trail gifts and great friends to share the trail with. Happiness.

Cave Falls

Cave Falls

Lady's Slipper

Lady’s Slipper

Sunrise on the mountain

Sunrise on the mountain

A snake sunning on the trail.

A snake sunning on the trail.


Buck Hollow & the AT – Trails, Friends and Fun

Trail running is my passion. I love the time in the woods, being serenaded by nature and her magnificence, pushing my body as far as it can go, breathing in the joy and beauty of the trails. Over the past five months I have been lucky to find a group of like-minded, fun, funny, talented, inspirational and spirited trail runners to share many miles with. Spending the day on trail with friends was a great way to celebrate my birthday weekend. And seeing a bear just made the day complete! Running on trails is great…running with friends is fabulous.

Life is good.

on top of the world!

on top of the world! (photo by Toni Aurilio)

spring creek

spring creek

mountain sunrise

mountain sunrise

flower on the mountain

flower on the mountain

birthday smile on a beautiful mountain top

birthday smile on a beautiful mountain top – thanks to Toni for the FUN birthday hat!


Appalachian Trail in February = Winter Wonderland

A snowy run on the Appalachian Trail from 522 south towards Mt. Marshall.

View from the climb towards Hogwallow Flats

View from the climb towards Hogwallow Flats

Pristine trails in a winter wonderland

Pristine trails in a winter wonderland


Vicki’s Death March – Shenandoah National Park

While many people were out shopping with the mobs in malls, I was lucky enough to be on the top of the world with my running club. Black Friday was the 9th annual running of “Vicki’s Death March”, otherwise known as the ¬†Shenandoah National Park’s “greatest hits” trail run. The run started in the Old Rag parking lot and went up White Oak Canyon to Hawksbill summit, following the AT to Skyland, Little Stony Man, Corbin Cabin, Nicholson Hollow and back to Old Rag. Lots of climbing, a fair amount of rocks, roots, leaf cover and even a little ice. ¬†It was a gorgeous day, with a bright blue sky and warmish temperatures – a perfect day to play on trail.

Hawksbill Summit

Little Stony Man

White Oak Falls

White Oak Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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