Shenandoah Scramble Set for Sept. 22

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The Shenandoah National Park Trust will host the Shenandoah Scramble September 22, a hiking extravaganza that aims to raise $10,000 to support the park.

Hikers of all ability levels are invited to choose one of six hikes of varying length and difficulty.  Each hike will be led by a seasoned guide. Hikers commit to raise a minimum of $100 but are encouraged to raise as much as they are able. The Shenandoah National Park Trust will award prizes for the most money raised. Prizes include a kayak, hiking and camping gear, and a two-night getaway for two in Shenandoah National Park.

Possible hikes are:

• Stony Man to Skyland to Big Meadows. This hike will stay high along the ridgeline and take hikers to two of the best peaks in the park. (7 miles, strenuous)

• Lewis Springs Fall Loop. A good family hike with waterfalls and views. (3.6 miles, moderate)

• Mill Prong Loop. This moderate out-and-back hike with 800 feet elevation change will take you to the Rapidan Camp, President Hoover’s summer retreat on the Rapidan River. (3.6 miles, moderate)

• Hawksbill. This hike puts you on the highest peak in the park and offers outstanding views! (3 miles, moderate)

• Rose River Loop. This hike offers a waterfall and several smaller cascades along the trail. (4.6 miles, moderate)

• Stony Man summits and lower cliffs. This is a short and pleasant hike with a moderate 500 foot elevation change, yet offers some of the best vistas in Shenandoah National Park. (3 miles, easy)

Participants will gather for a light breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Big Meadows Picnic Grounds and then head out with their hike leader (each hike can accommodate up to 20 hikers).

Pre-registration is required. Registration is $25/adult and $10/child and includes a group breakfast, event T-shirt and post-hike refreshments. Hike registration can be found at www.snptrust.org. For more information, contact Shenandoah National Park Trust at 434-293-2728.