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Pt of Rocks/Brunswick to Harpers Ferry & Back (very difficult)

  • Apr 12, 2014 · 8:15 AM

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 ( Short hikers will meet in the parking lot near the towpath under the MD 17 bridge in Brunswick by 10 am  ( 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.

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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:[masked]/.

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  • Mike

    Perfect weather made for a wonderful day of long-distance hiking. For full photo album, see

    April 14, 2014

  • Mike

    CARPOOLING: Because this is an at-your-own-pace hike and the distances are long, I did not plan carpooling since people in the same car could end up waiting hours for each other at the end. That includes me since I will need to wait for the slowest person at the end, and may need to shuttle drop-outs. If you have hiked with people that you know have similar paces, I encourage you to get in touch and share rides if you can.

    April 10, 2014

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