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Explorers Club: Hike in Little Dry Run Wilderness

  • US-21 Speedwell, VA, 24374 United States (map)

We have two hike dates picked out: one this Saturday December 12th and another on the 16th. Please feel free to join either one. 

When: Saturday December 12, at 9am 

Where: We will be meeting at the Little Dry Run Trail head along highway 21 and shuttling up to the top of the trail at Comers Rock Campground. 

It is a 4 mile hike downhill from the campground along Little Dry Run Trail. It sounds like we will focus on winter tree ID and search out some other fun things. Some may choose a halfway trip? Study up on winter tree ID!

I have not been able to locate any reference to a potential virgin forest over that way but some other notable things have come up: there is a very nice stand of old growth eastern hemlocks that are healthy; a population of shag bark hickory, a population of round leaf birches; there is supposedly a small bog near the top of the drainage at 2800', Little Dry Run creek is a well know native brook trout stream so you might consider bringing a fly rod...

Lots to explore!

*Note that with all of the weekly rain we have had Little Dry Run is neither little nor dry... Come prepared for some very difficult (wet) stream crossings.

*Also the trail is apparently a very narrow and difficult trail to track - if you go it alone be sure you are aware of your path

*Being a wilderness area within the Jefferson National Forest we will be limited to a group of ten. If we have more than that then we will have to split up and take alternate routes. 

Here are a couple of links that Amelia Hulth shared about Little Dry Run:

http://www.vawilderness.org/little-dry-run-wilderness.html

https://books.google.com/books?id=tmVglm0QGSQC&pg=PA247&lpg=PA247&dq=little+dry+run+wilderness+round+leaved+birch&source=bl&ots=dQ2rnOuU7D&sig=tyOlIQ94GJDO5ES84mJ0pLlRCSk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKiqOZq8_JAhWLJh4KHTjFC2gQ6AEIKDAC#v=onepage&q=little%20dry%20run%20wilderness%20round%20leaved%20birch&f=false

https://www.wilderness.net/printFactSheet.cfm?WID=321