St. Mary’s Wilderness: Cellar Mountain/Cold Spring Trail Loop

I need to move the date of this hike because of a Boy Scout commitment that has popped up for that afternoon.  Sorry for the hassle!  I am moving it back one week to March 17th.  Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend on Thursday, March 17th.  Thanks.

This is the part of St. Mary’s Wilderness nobody goes to: a wilderness loop over two trails that are now somewhat overgrown.  Bring hand clippers to this hike, and we’ll leave the trails in better shape!  Start at the parking area for the Cellar Mountain Trail and climb steeply to near the summit of Cellar Mountain, with views into the St. Mary’s Wilderness.  The Cellar Mountain Trail climbs from about 2000 feet to 3500 feet over the first two miles of the hike.  This trail ends at FR 162A, a high clearance forest road just outside of the wilderness, where it meets the Cold Spring Trail.  The Cold Spring Trail drops steeply at first, then more gradually into a lush and wet canyon.  The trail ends at a local landowner’s property line, so the hike will bushwack within the wilderness boundary to a road, which we will walk 1.3 miles back to our cars.   Hike distance: 7.1 miles. Total ascent: 1500 feet.  Roanoke hikers can meet at the Daleville Park-and-Ride at 8 to carpool, then meet the Charlottesville-based hike leader at the trailhead.  Contact hike leader Jeff Monroe for further details, or check out the hike description here: Link. Strenuous, through true wilderness.