Spring Hath Sprung

Wildflowers are blooming; vines & wineberry & other sticker-bearing denizens have yet to encroach and clog the backcountry; grasses are not yet tall; trees are in the midst of leafing out. Better still, the temperature and humidity are not high. Yet.

Spring hike

People are hiking again. Others have tuned their bicycles and are out on country roads and mountain tracks. And, yes, volunteers such as us are checking our schedules and gear as we prepare to go back “out there” to do what we do: build and rehabilitate public hiking trails.

The Biby

On Saturday, April 20, our indefatigable crew will come together again at the famed Hayfield Family Restaurant 10 miles west of Winchester, Virginia on US Route 50 to—again—tackle the Biby Wilderness Trail.

We will clear saplings and brush more than we have to date. This is primarily due to the shallow table we will traverse to get to a sweeping turn we will build by the northeastern boundary of the Biby Tract. We may also get the opportunity to dig some sidehill tread below the sweeping turn.

This is a real opportunity to those of you reading this blog who are unfamiliar with new trail construction. We (usually) have a great time; you will meet some really fine people.

The Appalachian Trail

This May, we will return to Shenandoah National Park to work on the Appalachian Trail near Skyland Resort in the Central District. Once every other year or so, we come back to this section to help the (obviously beleaguered) trail steward do his job.

Oh, okay: I am that trail steward…

This 1.1 mile section of the A.T. affords some very nice views from rock outcrops atop Pollock Knob and from Timber Hollow Overlook. The project consists mainly of reestablishing erosion control devices (grade dips) and cutting & filling short stretches of the treadway that erode simply because of the grade on which they were laid over seventy years ago.

Shenandoah National Park has graciously allowed us the use of White Oak Cabin. This facility, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, offers us the opportunity to take showers and has other amenities, too. It is located below the Limberlost Trail near Timber Hollow Overlook.

This is another opportunity you should not miss!

Parting Thoughts

These are some of the many, many opportunities you are offered by this crew and by PATC to do good and necessary work and to have a great time, too!

Are you tired of being interrupted by those pesky, incessant cell phone calls?

No problem. Out in the backcountry, your cell phone (probably) won’t work.

Does the prospect of the drudgery of yard work underwhelm you?

No problem. You might do similar work with us in the backcountry, but…it’s not yard work and it isn’t your yard, anyway.


I hope to see you out on the trail with us—soon! Join us and have a great time.