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Difficult Day Hike on the AT

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Keys Gap, WV
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 14 2005  10:00 am  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Apr 29 2005 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 13 2005 12:59 pm
Event Duration:6-8 hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Organizer(s):
Jeff Schneider
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:25
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Please join the MOC for a long & fun Spring Day Hike. We will go appx. 13 miles on the Appalachian Trail just south of Harpers Ferry.

The first part of the hike will be a gradual 600 ft climb. After 3.6 mi. of going south, we'll have a nice break at the Buzzard Rocks overlook.

The trail flattens out for a while, and then we'll have another gradual climb (200 ft) to the side trail for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club's Blackburn Trail Center. There, we'll have the the option of eating lunch on picnic tables outside or inside. Also, water is available at Blackburn. The hike down and back out of Blackburn is short but rather steep, so some may choose to stay at the overlook on top of the ridge.

The way back is almost all flat and downhill - we'll lose about 700 ft.

Terrain is very rocky in a few areas, but for the most part not too bad.

Required Items to Bring:
- Footwear for rocky terrain
- Review the MOC's hiking checklist for appropriate equipment
- Packed lunch
- Plenty of water (at least 2 litres)
- Sunscreen
- Insect Repellant
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Raingear
- Camera
- Money for a possible post-hike dinner

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From Baltimore: Take I-70 W to Frederick and exit onto 340/15 South. Stay on 340 for about 20 miles. Make a left on Harpers Ferry Road (VA 671). After appx 10 miles, make a right on VA-9 (Charleston Pike). As soon as you enter West Virginia (the sign will say entering Jefferson County) you will see a parking area on the right.

From Washington: Take I-270 North to Frederick, then follow direction above
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions

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