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Hazel & Catlett Mountain Loop (Rating: A+)

Northern Virginia Hiking Club (NVHC)
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May 12 7:15AM - 6:00PM

STRONG HIKERS ONLY, this is a strenuous hike, 15+ Miles 4K elevation gain, pace 2.75mph, and we will most likely encounter blow downs from the wind storm. Avoid being removed from the hike. Contact Denise or Pietro if you have concerns or questions. Please do read below and be prepared.

This challenging 15.5 Mile with 4,219 Feet of elevation gain and 12 stream crossings (some crossing depending on the water level it may require creative re-routing) is for the healthy soul. The hike initiates at the end of SR 681 and can be taken in either direction. Parking is limited to 5 car max between two areas about 75 yards from each other (carpooling is highly encouraged, additional parking is located at intersection of Fort valley Rd and 681, but will require a 3 mile shuttle to trail heads); first parking area is at Broad Hollow Trail Head, owner allows car parking to left of his gate, park on grassy (dont hit the big rock) knoll left of drive way and dont block the gate. Second parking area is about 75 yards further down 681 on Left, park against electric fence on left side of drive and dont block gate to field.

Meetup at Centerville Park and ride by 7:15 to sign in will leave for hike at 07:30 sharp
Its getting warmer; bring water 2, 3 litters, and snacks/food/etc.
Water shoes or booties if you have them bring them.

Carpool fee $6.00
Trail Head Coordinates: see below directions to trail head (DONT PARK IN FRONT OF DRIVE WAYS)

Directions: 66W to 29S to 211W to Sperryville Va.
Make Left on 522 for Sperryville with a second left at T intersection
Drive mile and make a right on Fort Valley rd. 231
Drive 3.4 miles and make a right 681 Rolling Rd (take notice of clearing on left once you make a right this is an alternate parking area, will require shuttle to trail head)
Drive 3 miles on 681 (many turn offs, stay on 681)
GPS Coordinates to Broad Hollow[masked] [masked] (additional parking 75 yards further down 681)

This time of the year provides views that will be obscured soon by leaves views of Sperryville as you top Hazel Mountain on the very challenging Sams Ridge Trail. A natural cave (lunch spot) is located on a very short spur while on the White Rocks Trail, views of Old rag while on Pine Hill gap trail. Its a great hike.

Hike Details (will have maps at hike)
1: Walk up 681 to old abandoned road mile (cant miss it) driveway on left, closed gate ahead, cross two rocks on creek at right, muddy and wet for about 50 yards stay on old road, Pine Hill Gap trail on right mile up posted, big downed tree across old road at trail head.
2: Climb, yes climb for 2+ miles to intersection of Hot Mountain / Short Mountain Trail, and take a breather.
3: Continue Straight on Hazel Mountain Trail.
4: Make a left at Catlett Mountain Trail.
5: Straight at intersection on to Catlett Spur Trail.
6: Left on hazel mountain trail.
7: Right on White rocks trail, make sure to take the little spur to the cave in about a mile on right.
8: Make a left on Hazel River trail (Some crossings of Hazel river can be challenging, have your water shoes/bootys ready)
9: Climb Sams Ridge trail (spur trail to SR 600on left)
10: Make a left intersection on Broad Hollow Trail to cars.

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