Posted by: blueridgetreks | October 31, 2010

100 Mile Appalachian Trail Backpack – Daleville VA to the Tye River

We tried to do this 100 mile backpack at the end of Sept – beginning of Oct 2010. Due to torrential rains and some feet problems we were only able to do 80 miles and stopped at Route 60. We went back a few weeks later to finish that last 25 miles from Route 60 over to Route 56 at the Tye River.

100 Mile GPS Track

100 Mile GPS Track

We crossed a beautiful cow pasture a few miles into the hike near Troutville, VA.

A.T. through a Cow Pasture

A.T. through a Cow Pasture

The nicest shelter we stayed at was the Bryant Ridge Shelter, sleeps about 20 people.

Bryant Ridge Shelter

Bryant Ridge Shelter

We had a beautiful view from Big Rocky Row looking down on the James River, one of the rare days it wasn’t raining.

Big Rocky Row

Big Rocky Row

One night we were stuck at the Thunder Hill Shelter in a pouring rain banging down all night on a new metal roof, not much sleep that night.

Thunder Hill Shelter

Thunder Hill Shelter

When we went back a few weeks later we had some great views on Cold Mountain, Tar Jacket Ridge, Spy Rock and The Priest.

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

Tar Jacket Ridge

Tar Jacket Ridge

Spy Rock

Spy Rock

Tye River Valley - 1/2 Way down The Priest

Tye River Valley - 1/2 Way down The Priest

See my webshots album for additional photos of this hike.

Posted by: blueridgetreks | October 10, 2010

Glasgow, Virginia Appalachian Trail Shelter

We were recently (Sept 25 – Oct 2, 2010) doing a 100 mile backpack on the AT from Daleville VA to the Tye River on Route 56 near Montebello VA.  We had heard there was a brand new AT Shelter actually in the town of Glasgow Virginia so we stopped by to get some photos since we couldn’t find any prior to our trip. It is not quite like the other AT Shelters as it has 3 sides covered with heavy duty tarp and it is on a concrete slab, plenty of room to put up tents if needed nearby. I hope it is a work in progress and maybe it will have permanent sides in the near future. This was a Boy Scout Eagle project and has to be one of the only shelters with a shower!! There is no privy but across the road is a ball-field with a public bathroom. The shelter is located directly across the road from the Glasgow Grocery Express and just behind a closed white motel. Hopefully this information and photos will be useful for 2011 AT Thru-Hikers.

Glasgow AT Shelter

 

Glasgow AT Shelter

Glasgow AT Shelter Shower

Glasgow AT Shelter Shower

Posted by: blueridgetreks | May 29, 2010

The Cascades / Barney’s Wall – Virginia

Near Pembroke, in Southwest VA, is the most beautiful waterfall and creek trail in Virginia (*at least in my opinion). The hike up the lower trail is one photo opportunity

Little Stony Creek

after the other

Bridge Crossing to Uppr Trails

with the trail never going further than 30 yards from Little Stony Creek before finally reaching the amazing Upper Falls.

Upper Cascades

Upper Cascades

Upper Cascades in the rain

Upper Cascades in the rain

It is only 2 miles from the parking lot to the Upper Cascades. We decided to do an extra 2 miles beyond the falls to Barney’s Wall

Barney's Wall

What a great place to have lunch with my wife. I brought an insulated lunch bag with some ice packs and had a couple of nice cool yogurts to eat and take in the views of the New River Valley and Blacksburg.

Barney's Wall

We only had to share the spot with one guest

Eastern Fence Lizard

Just after heading back it started raining and we got pretty soaked, but it felt great

Raining

Raining

Glad we had a change of clothes in the car because we had a dinner reservation at Mountain Lake Conservancy & Hotel

Hotel

You may recognize this as the Hotel they used in filming “Dirty Dancing”.

Dining Room all to ourselves!!!

We were there a few days before the Memorial Day Weekend which is when business really picks up at the hotel. What a great day I had with my wife. I highly recommend a visit to this trail and to the Hotel.

The trail will soon be added to my friend Tony’s hiking website (www.hikingupward.com) as I mapped it with my GPS while there. There are tons of other hikes in VA and WVA on his site, take a look and best of all – it’s all free!

GPS track of this 8.4 mile trail

GPS track of this 8.4 mile trail

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