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Maryland Heights dayhike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Harpers Ferry, WV
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 18 2012  9:31 am
Registration Opens: Sat, Jul 14 2012 2:43 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 17 2012 9:43 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:5 Miles
Event Organizer(s):
Dominic Frasca
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:18
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


One of my perrenial favorites...

History combined with beauty! A view, and a little bit of elevation change.
Let's hope the weather is nice enough for an outdoor post hike lunch, ice cream,
and/or adult beverage in Old Town Harpers Ferry. This is a hike over well-marked
trails with many interpretive signs along the way. There are some steep climbs
and some rocky terrain. The first park of the hike features a spectacular
overlook of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. However, it
doesn't come easily. The trail climbs steadily up a picturesque stream valley to
a side trail leading to the overlook. The Overlook Trail descends for .5 mi, but
is worth it. The second part of the hike includes much history. The trail climbs
to the ridge passing remains of fortifications built by the Union forces in 1862
after their defeat at Harpers Ferry. There are ammunition pits, breastworks,
powder magazines, and gun batteries along the trail. The remains of the main
fort are at the summit of Maryland Heights. A military camp was located in the
level area just below the summit. If there is time and intereste enough, we can
explore the town of Harpers Ferry after. There are also a few nice resteraunts
in the town as well. Details: Distance: 5.3 miles round trip Elevation Gain:
1299 ft


A note on dogs:  I generally try to make my hikes dog friendly. BUT: consider the weather, and especailly the projected daytime temperature, when considering whether to bring Fido.  If it's above 75, mine will not attend.  Also note this hike crosses a bridge over the Potomac, the staris on the MD side are wire mesh, which may prove...problematic for larger dogs.

Required Items to Bring:

hiking boots (Some may prefer hiking poles as well) . WATER. snakcs. Bug spray and/or suntan lotion.  If you've never been, a camera, for the overlook.

Cash for the parking fee ($6).  Cash/ credit for the post hike lunch, if you attend.

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet at the Harpers Ferry Train Station Parking lot ( fee: $6/car, in pay envelopes at the entrance)  Potomac Street & Shenandoah Street Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. 


From Bmore: I70 west to rte 340 West. Follow 340 into WV (crossing the Potomac and Shenendoah Rivers). Take a sharp right onto Shenendoah street, and follow that road to the end. Turn left onto Potomac St- train station is ~100 yards ahead on right.

From metro DC: take I270 North to I-70 West in Frederick...then follow directions above.



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