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Appalachian Trail Southbound Overnight. Fox's Gap Maryland to Harpers Ferry WV


------------------------------------------------------------------Summary:  Hike the AT southbound and camp that evening at the Ed Garvey memorial shelter. Sunday morning after breakfast, we continue along the AT and visit the Weverton cliffs overlook, then hike down South Mountain and walk the C&O canal and cross the Potomac (by footbridge) into Harpers Ferry for a late afternoon lunch. 

------------------------------------------------------------------Itinerary:

Our starting point is contingent on people's desired distance. I propose:

Saturday morning we meet at Harpers and leave one or two vehicles for shuttling Sunday. We then head to our starting point at Fox's Gap (a famous Civil War battlefield - part of the Battle of South Mountain) on Reno Monument road and hike the AT 10.2 miles to Garvey Shelter, making a few stops along the way. Sunday we continue along the AT into Harpers Ferry by mid afternoon.

Along the way are the following points of interest:

First Day (Saturday)

Fox's Gap - Civil War Battlefield (starting point).
White Rocks overlook (3.4 miles in)
Gathland State park (6 miles in) - we could break here for a late lunch and view the War Memorials and ruins.
Ed Garvey Shelter (10.5 miles in) - sleep in the shelter or use tents. 


Second Day (Sunday)


Weverton Cliffs (2.4 miles in) - a quarter mile side trail off the AT leads to an impressive overlook of the potomac.
C&o Canal - (3.5 miles in) the AT walks along the Canal/Potomac for 2.5 miles and crosses a footbridge into Harper's Ferry. Enjoy a nice lunch in town.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Visitor Center (7 miles in). This location is a quarter mile off the AT in Harpers. Sunday we could visit the center if desired after lunch. This is the Headquarters for the organization which oversees the AT. It has a gift shop, a giant 10 foot relief map of the trail, and historical information. Would be a nice place to cap off our trip.


If there is time, we could also visit the Washington Monument State park after we finish in harpers ferry. It provides a nice view of the valley. 

------------------------------------------------------------------Everyone should carry a tent or arrange to sleep in someone else's tent, as all Shelters on the AT are prioritized for Thru hikers if any are present. If there is space we can use the Shelter (Garvey is one of the nicer shelters on the AT). There are campsites for tents near the shelter if it is full.

People should bring:
Camping/Hiking gear
Tent
Sleeping Pad
Sleeping Bag
Enough food and water for Saturday (lunch/dinner) and Sunday (breakfast). Gathland state park has a fresh water hand pump and Garvey has a trail that leads to a natural spring, but this may be dry. I recommend being able to carry at least 2 liters.
Change of clothes.
Rain Gear.
Hiking poles (optional but helpful, especially for second day downhill).
Toiletries (Garvey has a privy).

--------------------------------------------------------------------Total mileage is roughly 17 miles. 10.5 the first, 6.5 on Sunday.

If people are interested in doing less hiking, we can start at Gathland state park, making Saturday a shorter hike (4 miles) or start at Bear Spring Cabin trail which hikes up to the AT and would mean about 7 miles first day.

Please note:

Everyone agreeing to attend needs to be aware what the trip entails. If you have any questions or concerns please voice them prior to the trip. We can modify the plans to suit peoples needs. The focus of this is to have fun and enjoy some of highlights of the lower portion of Maryland AT.

Folks should be aware, and agree that by attending, they are responsible for their own well being and we take no responsibility for others. Risks are inherent in this trip, such as with any backpacking trip. If you have any questions/comments, please ask! The assumption of risk, which is inherent in this type of rugged outdoor activity, is implied on the part of each person who attends; and every person participating assumes all risk and liability in connection therewith.

Thanks!

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  • Rae W.

    Such an AMAZING time! Jason, thank you so much for organizing and for all the advice you gave us. It was the perfect intro to backpacking, and I'm hooked. Hope to see you all on future trips!

    2 · September 8, 2014

    • Kim

      Ditto to everything Rae said! Great time!

      September 9, 2014

  • Singi

    It was great to meet you all. I enjoyed hiking with you and thanks Jason for organizing this great time. It was very well planned. Hope to see you all on the trails again.

    2 · September 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really looking forward to doing the rest of Maryland. Hopefully next spring.

    3 · September 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    AWESOME! Even with the rain. I liked the shelter too.

    2 · September 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone else coming who isn't here yet?

    September 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We're going to leave harpers ferry soon.

      September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Remember to pack for rain, it looks likely that we'll have storms.

    Also, I'm coming from East Falls Church and am willing to share my car with two people.

    September 4, 2014

    • Karl K.

      If you need to call, I'm at[masked]

      September 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, Grosevenor's good.

      September 6, 2014

  • September 5, 2014

  • Jason Denkevitz removed the location. It was Harper's Ferry

    September 5, 2014

  • Jason D.

    Hi everyone. If you are driving, please reply to this post with the make of your car and message me your phone number. We are going to need to make sure we have enough vehicles for the shuttle. If there is 8 of us, we will need 4 cars total. If we only have 3 vehicles, we can still do it, but we need to drop people off at the starting point first, then goto harpers (leave 2 cars) and go back to the starting point (more of a hassle). The plan is to meet at 8:30am Saturday morning at 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. Please be there on time. If you have a delay or issue, let me know by calling me at[masked]

    September 4, 2014

    • Darwin

      @ Tim / Jason - Do not leave a car without permit parking on the visitor center or this will be tow away, also that is the only area where you can park, no street parking allowed any where else.
      Enveloped for payment can be retrieved at the visitor center itself, you can pay cash, credit or use annual passes card.

      September 4, 2014

    • Jason D.

      Thanks Darwin! I spoke to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy today, and was told there is a small area that is open for parking one block west of their building, but its only a few spots (the rest are for residents only). As I am still not sure how many cars we will have, I thought the Visitor center is the best option. It is also supposedly patrolled by rangers (more secure). Any cars we leave will have proper permits.

      1 · September 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Has anyone actually asked for less mileage? I was hoping to do the full 17 miles, personally. I've got a 22 mile trip (over two days) planned for October so I was hoping to do nearly that long this weekend to make sure that I'm ready for it.

    September 4, 2014

    • Jason D.

      Yes someone has asked. If we have differing paces, it would be very easy to do both options 1 and 2 and simply meet up at either White rocks overlook or Gathland for lunch. I dont want to pressure people to do something outside the scope of what they feel comfortable with.

      September 4, 2014

  • Jonathan A.

    Hey y'all I can't make it on account of I'll be in class. I didn't know until today. Have fun without me. Get some!

    September 4, 2014

    • Jason D.

      Sorry to hear that man!

      September 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      :(

      September 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have we decided where exactly we are meeting on Saturday morning?

    And, can I borrow/use somebody's stove and pot to heat water this weekend? I bought a tent after the last trip but haven't gotten around to the stove yet...
    Jon, I am intending to bring my own coffee this time. ;-)

    September 3, 2014

    • Jason D.

      Regarding where we are meeting, I will post details later this afternoon. I think the best option is the Harpers Ferry visitor center, but i want to verify with them today.

      September 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks!

      September 4, 2014

  • Karl K.

    Will be glad to go on the trip--and have equipment to share. Am looking for ride options, though...

    August 31, 2014

    • Jason D.

      Hi Karl, thanks for offering to share equipment. I will be coming from Northwest of Baltimore, and im not sure where others are coming from. If folks wish to carpool, they can post here to organize.

      August 31, 2014

  • Jason D.

    Trip is coming up in a few weeks. If anyone has any questions or comments please post here and send me in message. If your plans change please post here as well! Thanks!

    1 · August 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm planning on it.

      1 · August 25, 2014

    • Jonathan A.

      Wooo!!

      August 25, 2014

  • Jason D.

    It looks like the 6th will be the best option coming up guys. If you have any friends who would like to come, please let them know, they are welcome.

    August 5, 2014

    • Jonathan A.

      I'm happy with 9/6,, & will do. :)

      August 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yay!

      August 6, 2014

  • Jason Denkevitz changed the date and time to Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    August 5, 2014

  • Darwin

    Since I go out every single weekend on my own trips and whit others organizers to I can't say for sure to way ahead of time, September will be cool and the real hiking/backpacking season star, for sure will be travelling everywhere, most appealing for me is the mountains in NYC and up north on that time of the year.

    July 25, 2014

  • Jonathan A.

    Sept works for me just as well all

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Nicolette S.

    Can't make those dates. Have fun all!

    July 23, 2014

  • Jonathan A.

    30/31 has my vote :-)

    July 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm game for either 8/30 or 9/6. Do you want me to announce this meetup to the group as a whole?

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • Jason D.

      Sounds good! I will edit the august 2nd/3rd option out as well.

      July 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can only make it if we end up with a Sept. 6/7 trip. Excited at the prospect!

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Jason D.

    The date is flexible on my end. We could push it into early September if people want.

    July 23, 2014

  • Darwin

    My August weekend are all booked whit outdoors trips otherwise I will join.

    1 · July 23, 2014

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