Hike to Sugar Run Mountain Viewpoint OR Rice Field Shelter
Option One: We’ll park on Forest Service Rd. 103 at the end of Sugar Run Rd. and hike south 2.7 miles to the Wilburn Valley overlook, the unnamed overlook at AT NoBo mile 619.2. Round trip 5.4 miles, easy.
If the forest service road is impassable, we will head to Clendennin Rd. north of Pearisburg and hike up Peters Mountain to the Rice Field overlook, 2.4 miles each way, round trip 4.8 miles. This option has a moderate ascent of the mountain. I will decide which hike we’ll do after previewing the Forest Service Rd. on Friday. Dress for the weather and bring water and lunch. If we do the Wilburn Valley Overlook, four-wheel drive vehicles will be appreciated. Roanoke area folks meet at the Thompson Memorial Park n Ride at exit 140 at 8:30 and drive to the University City Blvd. Kroger in Blacksburg. New River Valley folks meet at the Kroger at 9:20. My cell is 540-239-2583. Carpool fee $3-5, depending on distance.