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RECESS: Field Trip; Day Hike out in the Blueridge Mountain region of VA

  • Meet at Bluemont General Store 33715 Snickersville Turnpike Bluemont, VA, 20135 United States (map)


Prepare to be gobsmacked by the incredible beauty just one hour west of DC. Join me and let’s take advantage of Wednesday’s forecast for cool temps, sunshine and a kaleidoscope of autumn leaf color all while tackling a section of the infamous ‘roller coaster’ on the Appalachian Trail.


  • 10:30: meet at Bluemont General Store in Bluemont, VA (One hour west of NW DC) Pit stop, provision-up at the Bluemont General Store and drive 10 minutes on over to the trail head for Ravens Rock.

  • 10:45 - 4:00(+/-): Pine Grove trail Head to Ravens Rock: This is an up and down route that gives us lots of variety and vistas.

    • 5.8 miles out and back with 1530’ elevation gain and loss.

  • 4:00 - 5:00(+/-) - Hustle on back to DC hopefully before traffic (which shouldn’t be bad as we will be going against it).

COST: $45


  • What are my transportation options for getting to and from the RECESS (Field Trip)? Feel free to pull together your own carpool or crank your playlist and enjoy getting out of town and some time alone!

  • Drive Time: I suggest that you cross check with WAZE but typical drive time is 1 hour from NW DC to Bluemont, VA.

  • What can I bring to the RECESS?

    • Hiking shoes/boots with Vibram (sticky soles) recommended. Trails are mostly single track, rooty and rocky.

    • 1- 2 liters of water

    • What to wear: LAYERS!! Stretchy, warm and wicking (especially layer next to your skin). Be sure to have wind/rain pants and jacket in case weather changes. HATS and GLOVES recommended.

    • Your own PICNIC lunch

    • Bring your $ or credit card in case you want to buy something en route.

  • What will Elements Bring:

    • First aid kit

    • Trail guide (Margaret), map and trail intel

  • Well behaved Dogs allowed on this RECESS. Please note - the trail can be rocky so consider first aid for pup paws and water/food.

  • How can I contact the organizer with any questions? email or