May 29, 2024

7 Mile Circuit & A Swim in the James (Local Hike, 7-9 Miles, Challenging)

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Saturday, 08/12/2017

8:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Pump House Park

This “urban” hike is a challenging 7-mile loop combining several trails within the James River Park System.  You should expect challenging terrain and outstanding views of the river and the Richmond skyline.  It is also a great hike for anyone interested in transitioning from our shorter, easier hikes to more strenuous all-day mountain hikes. Bring plenty of water and expect to spend 2.5 hours on the trail.  Hikers need to be alert, as mountain bikers frequent these trails.

Bring a lunch and some river shoes for a dip in the James after the hike.


*** If you plan to swim ***
You MUST be a strong swimmer. 18 & up only.
I will cancel if there are thunderstorms, check this meetup if the weather looks iffy.
Closed toe shoes ONLY – either tennis shoes or river shoes, no sandals.
You’ll want to bring lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen & bug spray. If you have any electronic devices be sure and put them in something that will keep them dry. Bring a small backpack or sack to put your items in, you will need BOTH hands free.
We will hike from the Pumphouse upstream to a spot on the river then hike IN the river out toward the middle. This will require that you wade/SWIM.
This swim is not for you if you don’t like stepping/swimming in water where you can’t see your feet.
This swim is not for you if you don’t like rock hopping.
This swim is not for you if river mud and muck bother you.
Best to bring a small backpack that you don’t mind getting wet or a water bottle that hooks to your clothes, you will often need BOTH hands free.

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