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Summits near Washington DC recommendations?


#1

Hi all,
I plan to be in Washington DC mid August and would like any recommendations on summits that are within easy reach.
Cheers,
Glenn VK3YY.


#2

Have you used the “range” feature on www.sotamaps.org? There are 10 summits within 50miles of Washinton DC, 4 of which have not yet been activated.


#3

The best summits in vicinity of Washington DC are in the Shenandoah Range, W4V/SH-xxx. They are 90-120 minutes from DC, depending on where exactly you’re starting from. Most of them are short hikes off of Skyline Drive.

You will have to get a pass from the visitors center for Shenandoah National Park for access.

Some of the peaks can be busy with park visitors, particularly on weekends and holidays.

Nate
N0PCL


#4

I will second N0PCL’s recommendation. While there are a number of peaks within 50 miles of DC, your best option in terms of points, convenience, and scenery are those numbered W4V/SH-XXX along Skyline Drive. Hogback Mountain, W4V/SH-007, was recommended to me as the best option for a single-peak activation, and it worked out great.

Keep in mind that DC and its environs are extremely hot and muggy in mid-August, and you might want to provide a buffer for fast-passing afternoon thunderstorms, which are common that time of year. Also plan to pack bug spray…

73
NF1R


#5

Thanks Andy / Nate / Clayton.
The range feature is great, hadn’t come across it before and the local knowledge is a great help. I will probably choose a weekday to avoid any crowds on the summits.
Thanks again,
Glenn
VK3YY.


#6

The mapping site has a huge number of interesting and useful features. I tend to use it simply to visualise a whole region or regions of summits and forget there are so many other features. It’s well worth exploring as Rob does lots of tweaks and updates to the site.