Hike Description: Hike three states, VA, WV, and MD, near Harpers Ferry on this 12 mile circuit hike with 2380 foot elevation change. We will begin on the Appalachian Trail, then traverse Loudoun Heights, follow the C&O canal to the Maryland Heights trail and wind up passing through the historical town of Harpers Ferry. Beautiful views from all trails. Carpool fee of $6.00.
Meeting Place: Sterling W&OD Lot. ATTENTION - even though the address shown is for "BMW of Sterling," we will actually be meeting at the STERLING W&OD PARKING LOT which is very nearby to BMW of Sterling. If you click on "Map" in the address above, it shows the correct parking lot satellite image and correct latitude and longitude for the Sterling W&OD Parking Lot (you may see an aerial map with both a green arrow and a red teardrop pointer -- it appears to vary depending on what internet browser you are using -- in any case, the correct meeting place location looks like an empty parking lotand you can get to it by punching in the latitude and longitude shown below).Also, click here to see driving directions FROM BMW OF STERLING to the W&OD STERLING PARKING LOT (http://g.co/maps/9atyc).
IT IS BEST THAT YOU USE GPS TO NAVIGATE TO THE STERLING W&OD Parking Lot -- here are the coordinates:
NVHC Hike Leader: Ed Brimberg 703-944-9920(C)
NVHC Official Driving Directions to Sterling W&OD Trail Lot: From Route 7 go ~.8 miles South on Route 28 and take the exit to Nokes Blvd. Route 1793, follow sign that says West and then follow sign to Pacific Blvd. south. At stop light turn right onto Nokes Blvd. and go .1 miles to stop sign and turn left onto Pacific Blvd. Take Pacific Blvd. ~.8 miles and turn right onto road to parking lot just prior to overpass. Along the route you will see brown and white signs that say “W&OD Trail Parking”. From the Dulles Toll Road go ~4 miles north on Route 28 and take the right exit to Dulles Town Center. Follow the lane that says west, go onto the overpass and continue to stop sign and turn left onto Pacific Blvd. Take Pacific Blvd. ~.8 miles and turn right onto road to parking lot just prior to overpass. Along the route you will see brown and white signs that say “W&OD Trail Parking”.
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NVHC POLICIES ON WEATHER, DOGS, CHILDREN, ETC. (http://www.meetup.com/NVHC-Hiking/about/)
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ABOUT NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIKING CLUB (NVHC) (http://www.meetup.com/NVHC-Hiking/about/)
HIKING FEES AND MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION INFO: (http://www.meetup.com/NVHC-Hiking/about/)
If you want to hike as a guest, the fee is $2 collected in cash at the hiking meeting place. If you want to hike for FREE, you must be a member of NVHC (being a member of the NVHC Meetup is not enough - you would have to fill out the NVHC Membership Form and pay the annual dues which are $2 to $5 depending on the time of year that you join). If you want to become a member, you are encouraged to fill out the online Membership Application form and submit it online (or print it and bring it with you) BEFORE you come to the hike so as to help reduce the paperwork that needs to be done at the hiking meeting place. You can access the NVHC Membership Application Form online here (http://www.meetup.com/NVHC-Hiking/about/).
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