Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Dec 4 2011 - Hike at Bull Run Mountain (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Cynthia Hildenbrand, Jen A
Participants:Jen A, Nils Olson, Sandra Stabler, Paul Shaklan, Nate Payer, John Meagher, Michael Napolitano, Ali Badii, Douglas Boorstein, Rebecca Russell, michael thomey

Write Up:
This past Sunday, we headed out to Bull Run Mountain Conservancy for a short five mile hike. It was a great day to be outside — sunny skies and not too chilly for early December.

You’ve probably seen Bull Run Mountain Conservancy as you drive west on 66. Located just past Gainesville, you can see the remains of the old mill on the side of the road. The mountain itself has seen a lot of history. The gap figured prominently in the French-Indian and Revolutionary Wars, and was the site of the Battle of Thoroughfare Gap during the Civil War. The Battle of Thoroughfare Gap was a small one, but a strategic one. The Union loss at Thoroughfare allowed the two branches of the Confederate army to join at the Second Battle of Bull Run.

Twelve people joined us for the day — including two first-timers! (Welcome to Michael and Rebecca!) We had to deviate slightly from our original route since some trails were closed for maintenance. (Also, for future hikers, some of the trail markers have been repainted and are different colors now.) Still, we had a great time as people traded stories about skiing plans and ideas for future hikes.

Thanks to everyone who joined us. See you on the trails soon!

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