Sat, Aug 21 2004 - Difficult Day Hike on AT (Chimney
Rocks) (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Jeff Schneider, Mark Reynolds, Vera Bjurstrom, Kevin McCarthy, Katie Buckley, Laura Paszkiewicz, Tiffany Rhoten, Felipe Hall, Ricardo Bulala, Kim Buhrman, Brett Twiggs, Eric Bjurstrom, Mariusz Kolodziejczyk, Emma Setchell, Ronit Fix, Rita Fabian, Casey Starshine, HASAN KILIC|
The rain was not only coming down, it was pounding with
force. We could do nothing but humbly accept it, slow down.
Fortunately, we also were in the shelter of our cars, about 20
minutes away from the trailhead. Cell phones rang, with
anxious participants wanting to know if the hike was still
going to happen.
Twenty fearless hikers made it through the rain and arrived at
the trailhead. By the time we got to the parking lot, the
showers stopped. The trail was a little muddy and the views
were clouded by fog, but there was no reason not to
We started with a gradual 1,000-foot climb to Chimney Rocks.
Most of us were already drenched with sweat, but got a little
more wet when another shower came. This shower was pretty
short and subsided by the time we were finished our
After lunch, we could've cut short the hike and began the
loop, but we were enjoying ourselves too much to turn
around. We took a brief detour before getting back on the
Appalachian Trail, but found our way. It was then a couple
turns on old forest roads. By the time we began the descent
along Tumbling Run, the sun was starting to poke through the
Tumbling Run proved to be a very nice reward after our tough
climb to Chimney Rocks. It was a gentle downhill to a shaded
area near a nice flowing stream. There were no dunking
heads or dipping feet in the stream, as we were already pretty
wet. A couple little lizards joined us for a little bit. Originally,
we thought they were geckos but no one was really
Most of us celebrated the hike by going out to eat at the Cozy
Restaurant in Thurmont. They cater to everyone there, as you
could get a meat, vegeterian, or dessert buffet. Some of us
enjoyed all three.
Thanks to everyone for coming out and I hope you had a
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