2013 brought my resolution to start backpacking in the winter, and as 2014 dawns, I'd like to extend the invitation to others in our group looking to do the same! At just about 20 miles, and only about a 2 hour drive away from the DC area, Caledonia State Park and the Michaux State Forest presents a moderate loop for people looking to get out and explore the 4th season. I'll be following Michael's plan from last spring, and have included the link below for those who would like to take a look at the maps or the photos from the trip.
In short, our splits will likely be about 10 miles on Saturday, and 9 miles on Sunday. We'll get to experience a little bit of everything, with some time on the AT, a few rocky ascents, and some trail spirits and stories around the fire. After we finish up on Sunday, we'll grab some grub in Gettysburg before heading back to DC.
Winter, of course, presents its own challenges, and the monthly outlook for the area calls for lows in the teens and twenties. If you haven't been on a winter trip with the group before, I'm going to ask you for a gear list prior to the hike. If I don't hear back from you, or if I feel you don't have the right equipment, I will move you off the list. We do have a supportive community, though, so if it's a question of getting one piece of gear to borrow, we'll make arrangements!
I'll firm up logistics when we get a little closer to the hike. I will call it if things look too dicey, or if the temperatures dip too low (this is an introductory hike, after all!). Trip size is limited to 10. Please take a moment to respond to the questions when you RSVP; I look forward to seeing you on the trail!
Link to last spring's hike:
Maps: You can download the ones listed below, or else pick up PATC maps 2-3.