FallFest/All Day Views: Women's Affinity Group Camping and Hiking Cole Mountain and Mount Pleasant

Date and Time

Friday, September 16, 2022 4:00PM - Sunday, September 18, 2022 12:00PM


Alto, VA,
Virginia, Southern,


Registration is required for this activity.


Join us in celebrating AMC's FallFest 2022 with some gorgeous Virginia views! We will meet at the Hog Camp Gap parking area and set up camp a few hundred feet from our cars at a remote, established camping area along the AT. On Saturday, we'll get an early start and beat the crowds by hiking up to the amazing 360-degree views on Cole Mountain, continue southbound on the AT to Old Hotel Trail, and back to camp for lunch (approx. 6 miles). In the afternoon, we'll complete the 6-mile Mount Pleasant loop, with more great views at the summit. We'll spend a relaxing evening in camp, and head home on Sunday. This trip is mostly a scouting trip: backpacking leader, Jill Watkins, has been on the AT in this section, but not on the side trails we will be traversing. There are good descriptions on Hiking Upward, and links are included below. Participants will be required to bring either an Ursack or bear canister and water filtration system. This trip is designated specifically for women only. If you do not identify with that group, you will be unable to register for and participate in this trip in order to maintain the integrity of the group. If you have questions, please contact Jill Watkins for more information.

AMC Trip Policy

COVID 19 Information: As of December 1, 2021 AMC requires volunteers be vaccinated or receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of an event. AMC relies on the honor system for compliance. Participants may be required to wear masks, provide proof of vaccination, or in the alternative a current (within 72 hours) negative PCR test as a condition of attending this event. For your personal safety, you should expect to be in the presence of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in all AMC settings and should make choices about participating accordingly.



Related Link(s):

AT/Old Hotel Trail Loop
Mount Pleasant Loop

Click map for driving directions
View from Cole Mtn



Offered By







Adults (18+)


I grew up hiking in state parks, national forests, and wilderness areas throughout West Virginia and have been backpacking since 2015, including three section hikes on the AT in Virginia. I am interested in exploring out-of-the-way places and providing a means for everyone to experience extended trips in the wilderness. The more we spend time in nature the more we'll want to protect the environment and see our connection with it.


I'm new to hiking with AMC, but have been an avid hiker and camper for many years. I love introducing people to the outdoors -- whether hiking, biking, skiing, paddling, or camping. I grew up playing outside in Virginia, and am starting to introduce my two young kids to my favorite outdoor spots in the region.