9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hike and Meditation at Big Devils Stairs in Shenandoah National Park
Saturday April 20
9am - 2pm
Distance: 5.5 miles out and back
Gain: 1055 ft
Rating: on the line between Moderate and Moderately Strenuous
Front Royal Entrance
Skyline Drive · Front Royal , va
How to find us: We'll be standing on the side of the road before entrance station. We’ll form carpools if desired (some of us have National Park passes), then proceed to Gravel Springs Gap parking lot, milepost 17.5, east side Skyline Drive, arriving 9:30 am.
Cost: The park entrance fee for a private vehicle is $25.
We’ll hike to Big Devils Stairs in Shenandoah National Park. This hike is pleasant and generally not too demanding, and we won’t be in a hurry. In the last half mile before we reach the gorge and overlooks, we’ll descend through an especially lovely landscape of mountain laurel, hemlock, pines, and rocks and boulders.
Close to the gorge, the trail becomes steep in places, requiring attention to your footing, and you may find walking sticks handy.
The gorge and valley overlooks are dramatic yet peaceful and feel far removed from the bustle of the park. We’ll have lunch there and admire the view. Then we’ll go into silence for twenty minutes or so on the cliffs and continue that silence into the first half mile of our return trip.
Pack adequate snacks, water, and extra layers, including rain gear, so that nothing interferes with your comfort and enjoyment of the day. Insulated sitting pads will be provided at the trailhead.
Afterwards, there is an option to go to Spelunker’s, a burger/custard fast food restaurant in Front Royal.
For more details about the hike, visit https://www.hikingupward.com/snp/bigdevilsstairs/
We’re looking forward to sharing this beautiful place with you.
NOTE: Restrooms are available at Dickey Ridge (MP 5) and Elkwallow Wayside (MP 24.1).
We apologize that due to the storm last night we have no Internet and we are unable to live stream at this time.