|Sent on:||Monday, October 18, 2010 7:47 PM|
It’s been almost 40 years since the last moon landing, but that has nothing to do with this Saturday’s (Oct 23) hike to Halfmoon Mountain in George Washington’s own National Forest. He probably slept there too, for all I know. This is the hike that was canceled in the heat of the summer for the heat of the summer (and later “borrowed” by another group). The weather for Saturday looks very promising and definitely cooler. And the colors! You shouldn’t ask for better hiking conditions.
This will be an afternoon circuit hike that features one of the most spectacular overlooks in the region. I should know—I’ve overlooked some of the best ones. The view takes in Trout Run Valley, Big Schloss, Tibbet Knob, & Long Mountain. You can expect rocky trails, stream crossings, mud, the rewarding view, and good company (the forecast for that is promising too). We’ll plan to finish just ahead of darkness, but with good weather, we may linger more. Bring plenty of water (3 qts) and shareable dinner or food for thought.
At 10 miles and 4,900’ of elevation change, including a pretty strenuous stretch, this is somewhat a difficult hike (4.1 blisters). The hike is limited to 15 people, so you must email me to reserve a spot and get updates. (How many times do I have to say it? I ignore the Meetup RSVPs!!) I’ll send final info by Wed morn to those coming, but we’ll leave around 11 am (not sure yet) from Vienna.
Pics from last weekend:
That’s enough for. (My attention span isn’t what.)
On tap (so to speak):
(Note that two of the trips require reservations and I ignore the Meetup RSVPs!!):
· Sun, Nov 7. Gettysburg Battlefield Hike and Ghost Walk. (Easy/Moderate; 2 blisters) Afternoon historical hike of the battlefield, followed by ghost walk, and dinner at historic inn.
· Sat. Nov. 20. Gambrill State Park, MD. (Easy; 1.7 blisters) Two loop trails with great views of Frederick and Middletown valleys. Optional lunch in nearby Frederick.
· Sat. Dec. 4. Antietam Hike and Illumination. (Moderate; 2.5 blisters) Afternoon hike of Civil War Battlefield, followed by Memorial Illumination drive, and optional dinner at historic inn.
· Sat. Dec. 25. Sugarloaf Mountain's Northern Peaks Trail. (Easy/Moderate; 2 blisters) Holiday hike with views of Potomac Valley and Catoctin Mountains, and with a detour to the summit.