There will be two concurrent hikes (see below for meeting places & times) along the C&O Canal towpath with options for distances of 14 to 36 miles. Whatever distance you do, the hike will afford you some of the most beautiful views of the Potomac River (the approach to Harpers Ferry), let you observe wildlife and wildflowers, and let you explore (a little bit) historic Harpers Ferry.
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).
Where & when to meet: Long hikers will meet in the parking lot along the towpath at Point of Rocks by 8:15am (goo.gl/Dha8pt). Short hikers will meet in the parking lot near the towpath under the MD 17 bridge in Brunswick by 10 am (goo.gl/f9pa10). If you need a ride, contact Mike Darzi [masked], [masked]) or post a comment.
What to bring: 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.
Last year's pix: goo.gl/qQQIWW.
Leaders: Michael Darzi and Mike Gingerich.
ODH: 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 26, 2014. See the ODH listing for more information: meetup.com/WanderingSoles/events/[masked]/.