2009 Hike-O-Ree

Who:  Crew 1396 and Mr. Sapien & Mr.Connolly
What:  20th Annual National Capital Area Council Venturing Hike-O-Ree
When:  November 6-8
Where:  Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center,
  Front Royal, VA; and Shenandoah National Park
How:  2 nights of backpack-style camping,
  and an awesome 10-mile day hike.
  $15 per hiker (includes event T-shirt)


NCAC Hike-O-Ree Website

Fact Sheet

Consent Form

Google Earth file  << click here if you have Google Earth installed on your computer!
(turn on the Terrain, Geographic Features, and Parks & Recreation layers for the best view)


The main event of the Hike-O-Ree will be a 10-mile day hike in the beautiful Shenandoah National Park.  Other Hike-O-Ree activities include a Friday night opening program, a high adventure rally / cracker barrel on Saturday night, and a brief service project on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.Camping Friday and Saturday night at the 4-H Center is to be backpacking-style, so camping gear and meals are to be planned accordingly.

The route we'll be hiking is #1 White Oak / Cedar Run.  This hike goes through two of the deepest and steepest ravines in the Shenandoah National Park.  It also includes the longest continuous climb within the Park, making it one of the most challenging hikes in the Hike-O-Ree.  Both canyons have great views of several waterfalls, cascades, and high cliffs. The lower falls of White Oak Canyon is particularly impressive.

We'll be hiking in a clockwise direction, first hiking up the steep and rough Cedar Run trail until we reach Skyline Drive at the base of Hawksbill Mountain; then we'll traverse a section of the Appalachian Trail to connect to the Crescent Rock Trail, where we'll be at the highest point of our route at 3611 feet.  From the Crescent Rock Overlook we'll descend to the Limberlost Trail and on the the White Oak Canyon Trail.

Additional info, maps and pics of the area are available on the Hiking Upward and Shenandoah National Park websites. 

Elevation Profile

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 6, 2009 

6:00-8:00 pm  Arrival and Check-in

9:00-10:00 pm  Welcoming Program

10:00 pm  Crew Chief and Crew Advisors' Meeting

10:30 pm  Taps 

Saturday, November 7, 2009

6:00 am  Reveille

6:00-7:00 am  Breakfast

8:00 am  Begin Hikes

5:00 pm  ALL CREWS back in camp

5:00 - 6:00 pm  Supper

7:00 - 8:00 pm  Religious Services

8:00 - 9:00 pm  High Adventure Rally

9:00 - 1000 pm Cracker barrel

10:30 pm  Taps 

Sunday, November 8, 2009 

6:30 am  Reveille

6:30-7:30 am  Breakfast

8:00-11:00 am  Service Hour for the 4-H Center

11:00 am  Depart

Packing List

  • backpack
  • pack cover (or plastic trash bag)
  • small daypack for the hike
  • pocket knife
  • compass
  • emergency whistle
  • headlamp w/ extra batteries (have handy upon arrival)
  • 2 liters water (water bladder or nalgene bottles)
  • personal first aid kit including moleskin
  • good poncho or rain suit
  • hiking boots
  • 2 pair wool socks
  • long pants (NO JEANS; switchbacks/zipoff pants would be a good if weather is warmer)
  • wicking t-shirt
  • long sleeve shirt
  • extra underwear
  • thermal underwear
  • fleece, wool sweater or jacket
  • knit cap
  • gloves
  • winter-rated sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad
  • backpacking tent
  • basic toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, small hand sanitizer or camp soap, small towel or washcloth, toilet paper or wipes)
  • mess kit (spork and 2 sierra cups or plastic bowl & mug)
  • lighter
  • trail stove (share)


  • hiking pole/staff
  • winter coat (depending on weather)
  • bandana
  • camp shoes (sneakers or moccasins)
  • sit-upon
  • camera