Trip Report: Hike up Big Schloss
By DAN McQUEEN
Saturday, Nov. 24 — At 6:36 a.m., with the temperature hovering at 26 degrees and a good breeze, Andrew Pendergast from Calvary Community Church and Dan McQueen drove west for two hours and 10 minutes to the Big Schloss parking area on forest road 92 in George Washington National Forest, Virginia.
Starting at 1,500-foot elevation we hiked up 1,400 feet over 3.7 miles along Stony Creek to Sugar Knob Cabin. We talked to a man who camped out the night before with his 10-year-old son, who was on his first backpack. We continued up to the ridgeline at 3,250 feet, where we were treated to some great views in both directions. It was sunny and cold so the sights and remaining colors were vivid. It was calm as we arrived on top of Big Schloss at 8.9 miles, where the views were even more spectacular, and just in time for lunch. It was an easy hike back down the mountain to the car arriving at 2:43 p.m., completing the 12.5-mile circuit.
We arrived home at 5:10 p.m.