Two weekends ago, Mike Newman was visiting from Denver. Mike is a great companion for mountain adventures, be it skiing or hiking. In fact, he makes TWO appearences in my About Me section. We could not possibly let Mike leave our beautiful area without squeezing in a trip to a mountain. So the Sunday before he flew home, a group of us went up to Tinker Cliffs.
It was a beautiful hiking day. The weather was great and our leaves were just starting to turn, with Virginia Creeper enthusiastically leading the charge.
We ascended 1700 feet in about 2.8 miles. With the climb, I didn’t mimic the leadership of Virginia Creeper. My little slow legs and my habit of taking numerous photographs meant I was, by far, the caboose.
But, as usual, I did eventually make it to the top.
We enjoyed the views and then got to share each other’s company the remaining 2.8 miles back to the car. It was a very good day. I enjoyed spending time with everyone and most of all, I enjoyed being out in the fresh air.
|Tinker Cliffs – via the Andy Layne Trail and the Appalachian Trail
Elevation Gain: 1700 feet
Driving and Parking: The roads are all paved and there is a large gravel parking area at the trail head.
Dog Owner Note: There are a number of stiles you have to cross, but for each one, there is plenty of room for your dog to walk under the barbed wire.
Directions from Blacksburg, VA
Take Harding Ave. through Ellett Valley into Catawba. Harding will turn into Blacksburg Road (VA-785).
When you reach the stop sign at 311, turn right. Pass The Home Place
Turn left on VA-779 (the Catawba General Store will be on your right)
Take VA-779 about 8.3 miles. The road will cross a bridge and make a sharp bend to the right. Shortly after that bend the parking lot will be on your right.