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(All Ages) The Roanoke 7 Summits is back with new summits and new challenges. This is a unique event that combines our regions premier trails with an active living awareness program.  The “Roanoke 7 Summits” is a fun play-off of the international mountaineering challenge of climbing each of the seven continents highest mountains.  By taking this challenge you’ll hike to the summit of seven of the Roanoke Region’s top mountain summits in a seven week span.  It demands a great attitude, determination, exploration, and pushing yourself to new levels.

Registration has already closed for this year, but it does not mean that you can’t still join a guided hike! Check out the options below!

 

Week 6: Tinker Cliffs Hike, October 30/November 1, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Tinker Cliffs is the lesser hiked of the peaks, but has arguably the best view of them all! We will start at the base of the ridge on the Andy Layne trail and hike up to the Appalachian Trail at Scorched Earth Gap, where we will take the AT south to the Tinker Cliffs overlook. Voted the most difficult hike of past Roanoke 7 Summits programs, this 6.6 mile out and back hike was also voted the best of the series last year. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Dates: Thursday, October 30 and Saturday, November 1 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: $6

Departure location: Norwich Center on Thursday/Public Works Service Center on Saturday

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 28 for Thursday and Thursday, October 30 for Saturday.

Week 7: McAfee Knob Hike, November 6/November 8, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) McAfee Knob is the most photographed view along the Appalachian Trail, and for good reason! The 270 degree view is amazing with sights of Catawba Valley, Tinker Cliffs, and the Roanoke Valley, this is the iconic capstone to the Roanoke 7 Summits series. 7.8 miles out and back with over 1,000 feet of elevation gain is worth every drop of sweat for the reward at the top. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Dates: Thursday, November 6 and Saturday, November 8 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: $6

Departure location: Norwich Center on Thursday/Public Works Service Center on Saturday

The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 4 for Thursday and Thursday, November 6 for Saturday.

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Catawba Challenge, November 16, 2014

 (18+) If Roanoke 7 Summits got you fired up about local hikes, take it to the next level with the Catawba Challenge!  This hike is the best of the best in the region—almost 20 miles of scenic Appalachian Trail with over 3,000 feet of elevation all in one day! Bring your “A” game for this one folks. It’s looking like a 4:00am alpine start, light and fast, high adventure experience ahead! Starting at US 220 in Daleville, we will hike as a group to VA 311 near Catawba all in one fell swoop, finishing with none other than a celebratory dinner at the Homeplace Restaurant in Catawba. Price includes guided hike, dinner at the Homeplace, and transportation. This is an extremely difficult hike and recommended only for advanced hikers.

Meeting Date: Sunday, November 16th 4:00am-6:00pm

Price: $35

Departure location: Public Works Service Center at 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke.

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 11.

 

Douthat State Park Hike, December 4, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult)Douthat State Park hosts trails with exceptional views of both mountains and lakes. Nestled in the Alleghany Mountains, we will explore the trail system linking several trails together for a hike that will be approximately 5 miles in length. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, December 4 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: $6

Departure location: Norwich Center at 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke.

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, December 2.

 

Tour de Mill Mountain Hike, December 6, 2014mill mtn tool booth

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Mill Mountain towers over downtown Roanoke and with the iconic star at the top it is a great place to check out the trails without leaving town! This hike will give you a little bit of everything—the Star Trail, Monument, Riser, Big Sunny, a section of the Mill Mountain Greenway and the Watchtower Trail. The views are spectacular and the hiking easy. What more can you ask for on a 4 mile hike? The program fee includes leadership.

Meeting Date: Saturday, December 6 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Meeting Location: Mill Mountain Discovery Center

Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, December 4. Registration will be open on Monday, November 10.

 

Joe Pye and Horse Nettles Hike, December 11, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Pandapas Pond has an extensive trail system just outside of the Town of Blacksburg. Join us as we explore the “mountain side” and the pond area on this 4 mile moderate in difficulty hike. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, December 11 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, December 9. Registration will be open on Monday, November 10.

 

Full Moon Hike to Sharp Top, January 5, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult)Everything changes after dark- the trails, the trees, the entire trail. Join us on the Blue Ridge Parkway and experience Sharp Top in a whole new light.  Take in inspiring views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as the moon rises over mountains and surrounding valley. Listen for owls and absorb the peace, tranquility and beauty of the trail after sunset. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Monday, January 5 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Price: $10

Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, January 1. Registration will be open on Monday, November 10.

 

Trough and Gauntlet Hike, January 8, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Carvins Cove has some great hikes with beautiful vistas. Join us as we explore the Trough and Gauntlet trails and the beautiful winter views they afford of the Roanoke Valley on this 6 mile loop hike. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, January 8 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 6. Registration will be open on Monday, November 10.

 

Winter Hike to Cascades, January 10, 2015cascade

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Travel with us to Giles County with its scenic mountains, streams, and vistas. We will explore a beautiful part of Jefferson National Forest at the Cascades. At one time, travelers used this trail as a main corridor into the western part of what is now West Virginia.  The trail up to the main cascade follows Little Stoney Creek and takes hikers on an adventure that makes this four-mile round trip hike a must-see.  The first half of the trail leads up to the falls and can be steep and icy in places.  The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Saturday, January 10 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, January 8. Registration will be open on Monday, November 10.

 

Winter Hike to Mountain Lake, January 25, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Mountain Lake in Giles County is a hidden gem in the area. With almost 20 miles of trails, there are many loops and signature overlooks that can impress even the seasoned hiker. This hike will allow participants to explore the trail system with a guide for about a 5 mile moderate hike. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Sunday, January 25 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, January 22. Registration will be open on Monday, November 10.

 

Hay Rock Hike, February 8, 2015cove view from hay rock

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Hay Rock is a formation high atop the Appalachian Trail just south of Daleville. Overlooking Carvins Cove and the Roanoke Valley, the views from this section of the Appalachian Trail are sure to be great. This 8 mile out and back hike follows Tinker Ridge and is a great day trip.The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Sunday, February 8 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, February 5. Registration will be open on Monday, November 10.

 

Chestnut Ridge Trail Hike, February 19, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Chestnut Ridge trail is right outside of downtown Roanoke. Don’t pass up this gem of a hike! 5 miles on trails off of the back side of Mill Mountain that head towards the Blue Ridge Parkway allow for scenic views of the Roanoke Valley and the mountains around us. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, February 19 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, February 17. Registration will be open on Monday, November 10.