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Brown Mountain-Rocky Mountain Run (Backpacking, 10.1 miles, Strenuous)

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Dec 02 8:00AM - 5:00PM

This is a strenuous lariat hike across two mountain peaks, dropping down to cross the park's largest stream. It offers extraordinary views and provides glimpses into the park's geological past. Along Brown Mountain, sandstone is embedded with 500-million-year-old fossil worm holes. Below Brown Mountain, fire engulfed the area in 1986 and again in April, 2016.

Itinerary


Trail Information10.1 total miles Trail; strenuous.

Day 1: Depart Short Pump Walmart at 8am. Arrive at the trail head (Skyline Drive MP 76.9.) From the Brown Mountain Trail head follow the blue blazed trail to ascend Brown Mountain, passing many lovely vistas and views (views of Rockytop & Patterson Ridges with Big Run Portal between them, where 4,500 acres burned in 1986); several stream crossings. At 5.3 miles turn left onto Big Run Portal Trail (yellow Blazes). Elevation gain for day, ~ 500 feet; descent 1,900'.

Day 2: Break camp and continue along Big Run Portal (with several stream crossings). At mile 6.7 turn left onto Rocky Mountain Run Trail (Blue Blazers); steep ascent. At 9.4 turn right, back onto the Brown Mountain trail section you climbed the first day. Elevation gain 1,600 feet (1,000' in the last mile!)

Those interested should be in good physical condition and have prior experience with primitive camping and hiking with a full pack. Each hiker should be self-sufficient, meaning your own tent, sleeping bag, food, gear and supplies. You are welcome to share stoves, fuel, water treatment devices, etc., with others to save space and reduce weight.If you have any questions or wish to share gear, please let me know BEFORE the trip date.

We will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017 at theShort Pump Walmart(corner of West Broad St. & Pump Rd). Riders should reimburse drivers $40 per car, assuming a full car load.

If weather becomes an issue, check your email before heading out, as I may postpone or cancel the trip. I will email my cell number to the attendees at least one day in advance.


Details

Hiking Distance: 10.1 miles


Hiking Pace: Moderate (about 2 miles per hour)


Trail Terrain: rock, gravel, dirt, leaves


Stream Crossings: There will be several stream crossings on Day 2


Difficulty: Strenuous

What to Bring: Backpacking Checklist

Organizer Will Provide: Trail maps, driving directions, basic first aid kit


Dogs Not Allowed

Carpool Location: For those traveling to Richmond, meet in the Short Pump Walmart parking lot at 8:00 am. All others arrange your own travel.

Recommended Payment to Drivers: $40 per vehicle, to be divided evenly by the passengers and driver

Cancellation: If weather becomes an issue, call or check your email for updates before leaving.


Additional Information


Hiker Responsibilities.


Liability Disclaimer.

How to find us:Meet in the Short Pump Walmart parking lot at 8am. Saturday

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