Leaf-covered trail climbing out of Front Royal, VA
Jim & Molly Denton Shelter - lunch stop on Friday afternoon
Mike waiting patiently at the Denton Shelter
Mike's sock puppet mittens with Jeff looking like death warmed over in the background.
Mike's sock puppet mittens
Looking back at the climb from VA Route 638.
Fall views near Linden, VA
View from open ridgecrest
Footbridge in Manassas Gap
Civil War history along the Appalachian Trail
Tim & Mike stoking the fire at Manassas Gap Shelter - Friday night's home.
Mike keeping warm at the Manassas Gap shelter with Derby Deeds in the background.
Sunrise in Manassas Gap
Sunrise over Tim's tent
Approaching Dick's Dome Shelter
Tim at Dick's Dome Shelter
Jeff sitting at the Dick's Dome Shelter trail intersection waiting for Tim and Mike to rejoin the AT.
Park bench in Sky Meadows State Park - a perfect place for a rest break
6.8 miles down, 6.6 miles remaining to the Rod Hollow Shelter
View eastward from gasline right-of-way
Sky Meadows State Park
Footbridge in an unnamed hollow
Rod Hollow Shelter and cooking pavillion
Boy Scouts from Chantilly, VA warming around the fire on Sunday morning
The dreaded Roller Coaster section of the Appalachian Trail. 4457.0' of elevation gain and 3743.2' of elevation loss over a 14-mile section of trail.
One of the original aluminum Appalachian Trail markers
Tim & Mike take a breather along the Roller Coaster
Old stone cabin foundation near Buzzard Hill
Snack break at the Sam Moore Shelter
Mike packing up in the picnic pavillion at the Sam Moore Shelter
Side trail to the Bears Den Hostel - a sight for sore legs after 9.8 miles of the Roller Coaster.
The Bears Den Hostel - not your run-of-the-mill shelter.
More of the Bears Den Hostel
See! You can get there from here!
The cottage at the Bears Den Hostel
Mike readies for bed in the cottage.
Tim finishes the last of his Ben & Jerry's ice cream before bed.
Appalachian Trail painting in the hiker room at Bears Den.
The Hiker Room in the basement of Bears Den Hostel
Shenandoah Valley views from Bears Den Rocks
Another view from Bears Den Rocks
More Shenandoah Valley views
AT sign in Snickers Gap
This may come in handy on one of our next Virginia hikes...
Westward views from the tail end of the Roller Coaster section
Yet another Shenandoah Valley view