Ye Olde Inn to White Rock Cliffs on AT
Join us for a ~7.5 mile out-and-back, afternoon hike to White Rock Cliffs on Lamb’s Knoll, in western Frederick County, MD. The hike starts at the Old South Mountain Inn on Alt. U.S. 40 just east of Boonsboro, MD (6132 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713) and heads south on the Appalachian Trail along the ridge-line of South Mountain, hiking through a canopy of hardwood forest. Along the way we’ll pass Reno Monument, at Fox’s Gap, site of a Civil War engagement a few days preceding the battle of Antietam. Difficulty level is easy/moderate (~2.3 blisters) with approximately 600 feet of total elevation gain as a result of multiple short inclines interspersed throughout the hike, mostly on the in-bound hike south to White Rock Cliffs. Footing is rocky in places.
White Rock Cliffs provides a nice view of the Middletown Valley to the east of South Mountain. Total hike time is approximately 3.5 hours, at a reasonably brisk pace of 2.3 mph. Time permitting, after the hike we’ll take a short 2 mile drive to the nearby Washington Monument State Park, site of the nation’s first completed monument in honor of George Washington, constructed in 1827 by citizens of nearby Boonsboro; we might be lucky enough to catch a great fall sunset and a 180 degree view of the Cumberland Valley to the west.
Meeting: You can meet us either at the trailhead parking lot (AT designated parking area of the Old South Mountain Inn) at 1:00 p.m. or the Shady Grove Metro’s east side Kiss & Ride (the side with the parking garages: http://tinyurl.com/dx2a4jh) at 12:00 p.m. for car-pooling.
Option: The hike/tour of Washington Monument will be followed by optional refreshments/dinner (yum-yum) at the historic Old South Mountain Inn (http://www.oldsouthmountaininn.com).
Leaders are Harry George & Mike Darzi. For more information, and to allow for gauging of car-pooling and Inn reservation needs, please contact Harry ([masked] or ph. [masked]).