Hike: Mason Dixon Trail: Peavine Island / Oakland Run / Furnace Run, PA

  • May 18, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Long hike: 11 mi., 2300 ft. ascent, 1800 ft. descent. Short hike: 7.O mi., 1700 ft. ascent, 1600 ft. descent.

$25 (non-members $28) + park fee/pass.

Spring should be in all its glory on this return excursion to a hiking mecca, unknown to many Washington area hikers, along the Susquehanna River in southern Pennsylvania.

We’ll tramp an inviting section of the Mason-Dixon Trail from Peavine Island past Lock 12 and Holtwood Dam and through Oakland Run gorge.

Short hikers will start at Lock 12, where they will have a chance to read about how the locks were constructed and operated. They will end at Posey Road.

Long hikers will have the option of starting at Peavine Island, where they will scurry down rocks to the Island and then continue on the same trail as the short hikers. When they come to the place where the short hikers have ended, they will then continue to Newcut Road and the trail along Furnace and Sawmill Runs en route to Otter Creek Campground on the Susquehanna River.


Wear hiking boots with good soles and bring poles if you have them.


Leaders:  Chris Powell -- [masked]  (bernchrisp at aol dot com) and Brian O'Konski.


In addition to RSVP'ing here, email hike leaders directly to reserve a spot on the bus for this hike. Please do not send text messages, as this may delay confirming your seat on the bus.


And remember, if you are confirmed for a seat on the bus, please cancel your reservation with the hike leader if your plans change or you are unable to attend so that someone else can make a reservation in your place.

For additional details, see www.capitalhikingclub.org


Maryland Bus: Bus leaves from 16th and I Streets, NW, at 8:00 a.m. SHARP (VERY limited parking). Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before departure time.


Additional pick-up points are as follows: Wisconsin Avenue and Woodley Road Friendship Heights Metro, Western Ave, Exit Bethesda Metro (by reservation only) Grosvenor Metro.

Reservations: The Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Early reservations are appreciated! While reservations are accepted Friday, making your reservation prior to Thursday evening helps to ensure your seat on the bus, and prevents the cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups.


Please contact hike leaders during the week of the hike, and place calls prior to 9:30 p.m. As a courtesy to other hikers and to the hike leaders, please let the leaders know if you must cancel, as early as possible, so that your reserved spot may be given to someone else.


Cost, what to wear, what to bring: Transportation costs are listed for each hike. Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a day pack or fanny pack with individual First Aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It is recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drinks are also recommended.


For more information, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at www.capitalhikingclub.org.


Liability Hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or Club activities. Hikers must be able to keep a 2 mph pace.


(Optional) Membership $12.00 per year. Mail a check to our Membership Director to receive a quarterly hike schedule and reduced rates.



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  • Christine P.

    Thanks for everyone who attended yesterday. Below is an update from Michelle, who injured herself when she slipped by the creek. She asked that I express her gratitude to everyone who helped her out. As hike leaders, Brian and I were also appreciative to those who helped Michelle while we were attending to other hikers. Christine

    "Full report, broke two bones, the ulna and the radius. Got released from the hospital at 9:30 last night with a splint.  Need to get it set by an orthopedic doc tomorrow.  Holy Cross was a good choice, they were understaffed which is why they took so long but very nice.  I have a prescription for 600 mg of motrin and 10 mg of vicoden.  With the help of the pain pills, and two more beers, I was able to sleep through the night."

    May 19, 2013

  • Christine W.

    It was indeed a great hike, perfect weather and met some cool people..thanks to the hike leaders!

    May 19, 2013

  • George J N.

    WOW, it was great, the hike was beautiful and I met some great folks.

    May 18, 2013

  • Skysusan

    Sorry to not be able to make it:) sky

    May 14, 2013

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