Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Aug 27 2006 - Difficult Hike GW National Forest (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Chris Whalen
Participants:Chris Whalen, Deanna Shapiro, Kathryn Bright, Colin Babb, KC Yi, Kelly Jackson, Saki Saki, Lucas Fisher, Norma Broadwater, Dominic Perry

Write Up:
I would like to thank everybody for coming out. It was a good group and we had a good time. Unfortunately is was very foggy in the morning and we weren't able to enjoy the views from Buzzard Rock. Dominic and Saki found some large rocks to perch from and take pictures. Some of the group climbed up to join them. We descended to Elizabeth Furnace i nthe valley. It's a very interesting part of the history of the area. At one time the forest was completely devoid of trees so that they could keep the furnace burning to form pig iron. We continue on the blazed trail but there was lots of underbrush and weeds in the way. Shortly after that we reached a covered picnic area. The group was very rude by pointing out a wide clear trail that ran adjacent to the overgrown trail we just followed. We ate lunch and Saki took lots of pictures of stinging insects that were building nests. We followed the creek for a little bit and then ascended to the ridgeline. Th! e fog had burned off and the sun was out. It was a good thing because we could enjoy the nice views from Buzzard Rock on the way back. Three people got stung by bees but other than that we made it safely. It was a fun 16 mile hike.

-Chris Whalen

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