Long hikers will start at Point of Rocks and hike to Harpers Ferry and back (28 miles; 5.8 blisters), with the option of going up to 4 miles past the start before returning (for up to 36 miles total; 7.4 blisters). Short hikers will start at Brunswick and hike to Harpers Ferry and back (14 miles; 3 blisters), with the option of going to Point of Rocks (21 miles total; 4.4 blisters). The hike will afford you many beautiful views of the Potomac River, let you observe wildlife and wildflowers, and let you explore (a little bit) historic Harpers Ferry.
To carpool, meet at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station's Kiss & Ride Lot (http://tinyurl.com/bdnkqax). Long hikers meet at the Metro station at 7 am or in the parking lot along the towpath at Point of Rocks by 8:15am (http://tinyurl.com/b6sqgqm); short hikers meet at the Metro station at 8:45 am or in the parking lot near the towpath under the MD 17 bridge in Brunswick by 10 am (http://tinyurl.com/aqa6yvj).
Bring food and drink; you may also buy food in Harpers Ferry. You’ll proceed at your own pace and you may stop (or not) anytime to eat. This hike occurs rain or shine, cold or warm, so dress appropriately. Leaders are Michael Darzi [masked], [masked]) and Gary Kosciusko.
Although open to all, this hike is part of a series of training hikes leading up to the One Day Hike (ODH)—100 or 50 km along the C&O Canal-on April 27, 2013. Registration for the ODH is currently closed because it has reached the maximum number of registrants; it may reopen as cancellations are received. See www.onedayhike.org for more information.