James River Face Wilderness Loop
• What we’ll do
This is a wonderful winter ascent to the James River Face Wilderness Area’s highest points, utilizing the Sulphur Spring Trail, a small portion of the current A.T., and the old Sulphur Ridge Trail – the original A.T. alignment, personally scouted by trail pioneer Myron Avery but no longer on trail maps. The group will lunch at the site of the old Marble Springs Shelter, a shelter site on the A.T. dating back to 1933 before it was taken apart and rebuilt further south on Cove Mountain after the area was designated wilderness. There is a possible side trip on another old trail leading to the Shelter from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Limited to 10 hikers due to wilderness regulations. We will likely split into two groups as this hike also features members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club’s Charlottesvile Chapter. Moderate to strenuous.
• What to bring
Bring lunch, water, proper clothing for the weather and winter hiking essentials (extra warmth, flashlight, extra food – just in case). Bring $4.00 for carpool driver.
• Important to know
RATC hikers will meet hike leader at the trailhead, approx 40 miles from the Daleville P&R. An RATC hiker will be designated to coordinate Daleville carpools.