Build the Appalachian Trail

This is Your Chance to help Build the Appalachian Trail! Take advantage of the opportunity!

PATC is relocating the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST) to cross the summit of Little Calf Mountain northeast of Waynesboro, Virginia. This section lies on federal land managed by the NPS Appalachian Trail Park Office adjacent to the South District of Shenandoah National Park north of the Rockfish Gap Entrance Station to the Skyline Drive.

Our next field trips for this project are scheduled for the weekends of May 19–20 & June 16–17, 2012.

Calf MountainAT Relocation - Calf Mountain

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and PATC have, since at least the late 1980s, hoped and planned to relocate this section of the AT, which rises steeply from Beagle Gap to the shoulder of Little Calf Mountain.

Water bars, check dams, and steps where the grade is steepest (about 32%)—are overwhelmed. Below the wood line, the soil erodes into a trench, approximately 30 yards in length, that the maintainers must cut and fill each year.

The AT does not cross the summit of Little Calf Mountain, which offers an outstanding viewshed prized by visitors. The current short side trail to the summit erodes from a grade of up to 20%.

The PATC District Manager for the AT in the South District of Shenandoah National Park thinks highly of our crew. So highly, in fact, that he personally extends us the invitation to work with the Flying McLeods trail crew in the district to help complete this major project!

This will be a two-day trip to bring to substantially complete the 1.2-mile relocation of the Appalachian Trail onto the summit of Little Calf Mountain north of the Rockfish Gap Entrance Station to Shenandoah National Park The work this weekend includes such features as the construction of a rock crib wall and side-hill to bring the relocated trail to the summit of Little Calf Mountain.

Gathering Point Beagle Gap Parking Area—Skyline Drive Milepost (SDMP) 99.5—5.5 miles north of Rockfish Gap Entrance Station.
Personal Gear Boots, leather or heavy gardening gloves, day pack, personal first aid kit, water (2-3 qts), lunch, clothing appropriate to the weather.
Support & Overnight The J. Frank Schairer Trail Center (SDMP 70.5—5 miles south of Swift Run Gap Entrance Station & US Route 33). Happy Hour & Supper following crew arrival. Tenting space & shower are available; the Trail Center comfortably sleeps 10 in two bedrooms.

 

Supper & Overnight

The J. Frank Schairer Trail Center (SDMP 70.5—5 miles south of Swift Run Gap Entrance Station & US Route 33). Happy Hour & Supper following crew arrival. Tenting space & shower are available; the Trail Center comfortably sleeps 10 in two bedrooms.