Monday, June 15, 2009

White Oak Canyon

Our third Rockies training hike took place Saturday. Six of us hiked White Oak Canyon, in Shenandoah National Park. It was about an eight mile loop, with six big waterfalls on it. There were a lot of plungepools where other hikers were swimming.

There wasn't an astounding amount of geology on the trail: it was mostly Catoctin Formation, with a few outcrops of underlying Grenvillian granitoids. A few nice amygdules; no columns.

The waterfalls sure were purty, though. Here's Jason at the uppermost falls (86 feet tall):
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Me departing from one of the lower falls:
white oak
Photo by Chris McMahon

I got home tired and sore from this hike -- it was a good time, but I slept well last night as a result!

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