As we often do, we used www.hikingupward.com as one of our guides for preparing for the hike. It describes a 9.1 mile trail as follows:
"Some of the best vistas in the mid-Atlantic. The new Strickler Knob trail is a challenging rock hopping/scramble that has beautiful views of New Market Gap, the Luray Valley, and a 360 picture perfect panorama from the Strickler Knob summit. A nice hike with a great little rock scramble on the ridge."
We set about preparing logistics for the hike, with the goal of Chris staying over at Hawksbill Cabin the night before to shorten the time it would take to rendezvous and get to the trail head. So we met on Friday night at the house, and were ready to head out by 9am - with a quick stop at Southern Kitchen in New Market on the way. We were on the trail by 11am, which gave us six hours of daylight for this moderate hike, shortened from the Hiking Upward version - we would do approximately 5.4 miles, with an elevation gain of 800+ feet.
|Google Earth image of our route to the Strickler Knob summit.|
I had promised myself I would make another go of this one, and was glad that Chris agreed to try it. I'll post about the trail tomorrow.