Often referred to as Shenandoah National Park’s Greatest Hits run, Vicki’s Death March is an annual VHTRC run held on “Black Friday” (the day after Thanksgiving).
This clockwise loop starts at the Old Rag Mountain parking lot on State Route 600 near the hamlet of Nethers. Begin with a 3.25 mile, 1,000 foot climb on State Route 600 and the Weakley Hollow Fire Road, followed by a 2 mile descent down Berry Hollow Fire Road to the White Oak Canyon trailhead (mile 5.2).
Next is a 5.7 mile climb to the summit of Hawksbill (mile 10.9), the highest point in Shenandoah National Park. From there it’s 4.6 miles of smooth ridge running on the Appalachian Trail (AT) northbound to Skyland (mile 15.6), where a snack bar is available in season for food and drink. Take the AT north to the short out-and-back trail to the Stony Man summit (mile 16.5). Continue north on the AT for 3 miles (mile 19.5) to a small parking area on Skyline Drive. (There is a concrete marker on the AT, at which you take a right, leave the AT, and go a short distance to the parking area. If you get to Pinnacles Picnic Ground on the AT, turn around — you have gone too far.) At the parking area, cross Skyline Drive and pick up the Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail, descending into Nicholson Hollow. Pass the (infamous) Corbin Cabin (mile 21.0) and continue along the Hughes River for 3.8 miles. At State Route 600 (mile 24.8), take a left and follow the road back to your car.
A popular shortcut is to take the Old Rag Fire Road back from Skyland.http://www.vhtrc.org/trails/content/old-rag/vickis-death-march/vickis-death-march.gpx