Sun, Apr 16 2006 - Moderate Spring Holiday Hike at Gambrill SP (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||John Fogle, Terrick Khan, charles lewis, Kristen Larson, Ali Badii, Fred Cascio, Beverly Hoeftman, doug hanford, michael thomey, Cynthia Hildenbrand, Tracey Wagner, Maureen Wingfield, Aimee Morris, Tom Reichelderfer, H. Tran|
On a beautiful Easter Sunday morning 17 MOCers gathered at
Frederick in preparation for our hike. We met at Burger King on
Route 40 West, but strategic location rather than cuisine
offerings was the primary criterion for selection of this
Once we assembled and introductions had been made, the
group carpooled about five miles to the trailhead parking lot at
Gambrill State Park. The hiking route began with a slight descent
to a portion of the Catoctin Trail, at which point we began to
ascend the eastern face of High Knob's ridge. After a time
we left the northbound Catoctin Trail (which ultimately runs as far
as Catoctin Park near Thurmont) and continued instead on
Gambrill's longest self-contained trail. By the half way point
of our trek most of the uphill was behind us, the trail crossed the
main park road, and we began to loop back toward the south.
As we approached the final leg of our trek, we experienced an
unintentional variation on a tried and true Easter tradition: the
Easter Egg Hunt. There were two main differences, however.
First, it was completely unplanned, and second, it was more of
an Easter Hiker Hunt. Our crew had become somewhat strung
out with a group of faster hikers outpacing those toward the rear.
To make a long story short, we became separated into two
groups on two different trails, but cool heads prevailed all the
way around and everyone was soon reunited after a modest
delay at the High Knob Picnic Area.
From the picnic area we enjoyed impressive views of Frederick
and the Middletown Valley from stone overlooks, then enjoyed a
snack or two while lounging at tables in an unused pavilion.
After a short time we left the picnic area for the final walk of
perhaps a quarter mile back to our cars at the trailhead parking
Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the great weather and hike
-- John Fogle
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